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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    

Australia Wants "Clean Energy Cheap Rather Than Dirty Energy Expensive"

With the latest round of international climate negotiations coming to an anticlimactic close in Durban, South Africa, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's chief advisor Andrew Charlton offers a pragmatic "Plan B" for tackling the challenges...

Posted December 14, 2011    

New IEA Report Issues Strategic Recommendations for Clean Energy Scale-Up

How can the world finance a massive scale up of clean energy technologies? That is the topic of the Clean Energy Group's latest report, "Strategies to Finance Large-Scale Deployment of Renewable Energy Projects: An Economic Development and...

Posted December 8, 2011    

The Economist Embraces Climate Pragmatism

"Next steps" to restart climate progress are to pursue emissions strategies that don't have to be centrally motivated by climate concerns, according to a recent article in the Economist. The approach resonates strongly with the recommendations made...

Posted November 10, 2011    

Bavaria to Swap Nuclear for Fossil Energy

Bavaria is expected to trade out their significant nuclear electricity portfolio for fossil generation in the coming decade, according to new analysis from Der Spiegel. While the contribution of non-hydro renewables is anticipated to increase from...

Posted October 28, 2011    

Increasing Rates of Technology Adoption

Via Sonia Arrison at Volokh Conspiracy:New technologies are almost always adopted by the rich first, but over time they eventually reach everyone, and the historical record shows that the distribution of new technology is speeding up, not slowing...

Posted October 11, 2011    

DOE Releases First Quadrennial Technology Review

This post was originally published at the Breakthrough Institute Blog.Today the Department of Energy released the first Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR), a new report that recommends many of the same investment and competitiveness strategies...

Posted September 28, 2011