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As Manufacturing Shifts Abroad, Innovation's Reward Dwindles

President Obama's recent proposal to increase and make permanent the research and development (R&D) tax credit is unlikely to substantially accelerate economic growth without greater efforts to manufacture and commercialize innovations in the...

Posted September 16, 2010    

Starving Clean Energy to Pay the Rich: A Parable of American Decline

As the Obama Administration and Republicans are set to do battle over an extension of Bush era tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, clean energy innovation is getting the short end of the stick. According to the New York Times, Senate Minority...

Posted September 14, 2010    

Collected Myths About the Death of Cap and Trade

Democrats pulled the plug on ill-fated climate and energy legislation that finally collapsed under its own weight and - believe it or not - that is a good thing. Now a new window is open to shift the overarching goal of climate policy toward...

Posted September 10, 2010    

Fomer UN Climate Chief: Emissions Targets and Timetables are Irrelevant

In another clear sign of the steadily unraveling pollution paradigm, Yvo De Boer, the former head of the UN climate negotiations, has acknowledged that the long debate over targets and timetables for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions is...

Posted September 10, 2010    

Science: Scale of the Climate Challenge Demands Committment to Technology Innovation

By Roger Pielke Jr., Breakthrough Institute Senior Fellow. Cross-posted from Roger Pielke Jr's Blog. In a perspective just out in Science commenting on a new paper (Davis et al.) that shows another way to explain the decarbonization challenge,...

Posted September 10, 2010    

Tracking a Rising Tiger: China

Earlier this month, China surpassed Japan as the world's second largest economy and since, has snared a flurry of clean tech headlines that collectively tell a very clear story: China is rapidly and effectively securing its position as a global...

Posted August 30, 2010    

Dealing with the Electoral (Un)Importance of Climate Change

Originally published by On Line Opinion. By Leigh Ewbank, Breakthrough Fellow Julia Gillard's announcement last Friday marked a new low point for Australian climate change policy. If reelected, a Labor government will fill the void created by its...

Posted August 2, 2010    

Progressive Climate Policy: the Case for Nation Building

The ascension of Julia Gillard provides an opportunity for Labor to reorient its climate change policy agenda. Contrary to what its proponents have argued for years, emissions trading has not been as politically feasible as initially thought. Labor'...

Posted July 12, 2010    

Elementary Particles, Complex Challenges

This is a guest post from the Breakthrough Generation blog. To read more writings from this year's 2010 Breakthrough Fellows, head to http://breakthroughgen.org. By Mark Caine, Breakthrough Fellow Environmentalists have long couched their opposition...

Posted July 8, 2010    

IEA: New Report Says $46 Trillion More to Clean Tech by 2050

In a new IEA report intended to inform and guide climate and energy policy decision makers, the Energy Technology Perspective 2010 (Exec. Summary; full report purchase required) demonstrates that the clean technology revolution will require an...

Posted July 6, 2010    

China's Not-So-Spontaneous Decarbonization

Cross-posted from Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog It is old news for regular readers of this blog, but today's NYT has a thoughtful article on how China's emissions are surging and efforts to increase efficiency gains are foundering. Here is an excerpt from...

Posted July 6, 2010    

Independence Day Thought: Energy

By Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger The long holiday weekend will undoubtedly bring the usual calls for energy independence. With a hole in the bottom of the ocean continuing to spew tens of thousands of gallons of oil daily into the Gulf and...

Posted July 2, 2010