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The Low-Energy Club

In the last few years, there has been a growing consensus among scholars and wonks that the rest of the world will follow the West in living modern lives complete with modern infrastructure, industry, and development. The question is not ...

Posted July 2, 2014    

Nuclear Is Cheaper Than Solar Thermal

I’m a big fan of TIME reporter Mike Grunwald and often think that he and Breakthrough are among the only people who really understand that Obama’s signature climate policies are not fuel economy standards or power plant regulations, but the tens of...

Posted June 16, 2014    

How Ambitious Are the EPA's Proposed Carbon Dioxide Reductions?

By Alex Trembath, Michael Shellenberger, and Ted NordhausUpdated 6/5/14 at 3pm Eastern timeThe Obama administration’s proposed carbon dioxide reductions are larger than what the government's Energy Information Administration (EIA) predicts would...

Posted June 5, 2014    

IPCC Sides With Roger Pielke, Jr.

The new United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released Monday, March 31 confirms representations of the climate science made by a University of Colorado-Boulder scientist who wrote a controversial column for Nate...

Posted April 3, 2014    

Methane Leakage from Cows Higher than from Natural Gas Development

Since the onset of the shale gas revolution, many have worried that emissions of fugitive methane — the main component of natural gas and a greenhouse gas more potent than carbon dioxide on a molecule-for-molecule basis — are eroding the climate...

Posted March 10, 2014    

The Revolution Won't Be Distributed

If you read the environmental press, clean tech media, or even the New York Times, you might conclude that America is on the cusp of a distributed generation (DG) revolution. “Solar power and other distributed renewable energy technologies...

Posted January 14, 2014    

Innovation Before Carbon Pricing

By Alex Trembath and Matthew SteppCarbon taxes are in vogue. Economists’ predilection for price signals as the universal solution has fused with environmentalists’ impulse to punish Big Oil and Big Coal to make carbon taxes the darling of the...

Posted October 14, 2013    

Remembering George Mitchell

“I don't want to take anything away from Mitchell,” wrote Clyde Prestowitz, president of the Economic Strategy Institute, in Foreign Policy after famed Texas gas innovator George Mitchell passed away in late July. “He was a great investor,...

Posted September 19, 2013    

Energy Finance: German Solar Four Times Higher Than Finnish Nuclear Energy

Germany’s solar program will generate electricity at quadruple the cost of one of the most expensive nuclear power plants in the world, according to a new Breakthrough Institute analysis, raising serious questions about a renewable energy strategy...

Posted May 15, 2013    

The Keystone XL Distraction

Climate activists amassed an impressive army to march on Washington against the Keystone XL pipeline and the dirty oil it would bring from Canada to U.S. refineries and world energy markets. In this fight, however, a relatively small...

Posted April 15, 2013    

Wind Lobby Seeks Path Beyond Boom and Bust

 In no other industry are the conflicts over subsidies as zero-sum and fever-pitched as they are in the energy sector.Almost always, it seems, energy producers fight tooth and nail for the rote extension of their support even as opponents—...

Posted December 21, 2012    

New Brookings Paper Praises State Clean Energy Funds Amidst Washington Paralysis

State-level clean energy funds (CEFs) are a growing source of investment in nascent clean energy markets, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution Project on State and Metropolitan Innovation. The paper, co-authored by Post-Partisan...

Posted January 12, 2012