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The Bottom Line on Nuclear Energy

March 5, 2015 by David Hess
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Existing nuclear power plants are extremely valuable societal assets. Shutting them down in the absence of compelling economic or technical reasons is folly. Make no mistake. Closing well-performing nuclear plants before it is technically necessary costs society dearly.[read more]

Stranded Assets in Oil and Gas a Reality

March 5, 2015 by Deborah Lawrence
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Oil and Gas Asset Utilization

A few years ago a friend asked me about the possibility of stranded assets in oil and gas due to climate change. This was an interesting idea coming out of the UK. Since then, the idea has gained traction. What is emerging is that stranded assets are not going to happen merely because of climate change.[read more]

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State Level Methane Taxes: Economic and Environmental Benefit

March 4, 2015 by Nathan Ratledge

While federal greenhouse gas taxes remain elusive, localized benefits make state-based methane taxes politically feasible. A methane tax would also be more comprehensive, efficient and effective than technology standards like that imposed by Colorado.[read more]

'Carbon-Removing' Gas Stations: The Future of Transportation?

March 4, 2015 by Noah Deich
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Carbon Removal and Transportation

Over the past several decades, gas stations have remained largely immune to the disruption that has radically altered other industries. But as climate change continues to increase, the imperative for innovation at the pump will start to increase significantly.[read more]

And the World's Most Sustainable City Is...

March 4, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Urban Sustainability

A city is more that just a place where a concentrated group of people live and work. And as more of the world’s population gravitates toward city living, these urban centers must cater to their population’s myriad needs with sustainable solutions like never before.[read more]

Clean Power Plan vs. Reliability: A False Dilemma for States

March 4, 2015 by Caitlin Marquis
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States and the Clean Power Plan

Ever since the EPA released its proposed Clean Power Plan last June, critics have raised concerns that the proposed regulation might jeopardize the reliability of our electricity system. Reliability has become a key policy talking-point, and for good reason: Nobody wants to see the lights go off.[read more]

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Can Oregon Go Coal Free By 2025?

March 2, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci
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Oregon Energy Policy and Coal

Is Oregon about to kick its coal habit? Even though the state has an ambitious renewable portfolio standard, ranks second in the US for hydropower generation, and is a signatory to the landmark Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy, it still receives a surprising 33% of its overall electricity from coal.[read more]

China's Coal Use and Estimated CO2 Emissions Fell in 2014

March 2, 2015 by Barbara Finamore
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China and Coal

China's coal consumption fell by 2.9 percent in 2014, the first drop in 14 years, according to official Chinese energy statistics released yesterday. Glen Peters of the Global Carbon Project calculates that China's CO2 emissions have also fallen, by 0.7 percent, for the first time this century.[read more]

EPA: Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Production Fell 35% Since 2007

March 2, 2015 by Steve Everley
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Natural Gas and Methane Emissions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest draft Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows methane emissions from natural gas production have fallen substantially, a decline that supports recent research finding low leakage rates in major shale basins.[read more]

Business and Carbon Pricing

March 2, 2015 by David Hone

Carbon and Business

At the UN Climate Summit last September, the World Bank and others put the carbon pricing discussion back on the agenda, first with a Statement on Carbon Pricing signed by over 1000 companies and 70 governments and then with a series of side events and meetings which also carried through to COP20 in Lima.[read more]

Fly-By: What the Latest Aerial Study of Methane Emissions Tells Us

February 28, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Methane Emissions Study

In the summer of 2013, researchers aboard a four-engine P-3 Orion aircraft – a variant of the plane used to track submarines – flew over three of the nation’s biggest shale gas regions, taking measurements that would allow them to estimate the amount of methane leaking from the production fields below.[read more]

The Carbon Price Challenge

February 27, 2015 by David Lawrence
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There are many practical benefits to the Carbon Price Challenge We choose our own carbon price as a strong motivator to reduce emissions of CO2. We tax ourselves using that carbon price and our carbon tax and energy cost savings are returned to us to reinvest in cleaner energy investments of our choice.[read more]

Driving Finance for Energy Efficiency Investment

February 27, 2015 by Clare Taylor

Energy Efficiency Financial Support

Policymakers and financial institutions are pushing hard for scaled-up investment into energy efficiency. Will the work of the Energy Efficiency Financing Institutions Group report help unlock the EUR 100 billion per year needed to reach the European Union 2020 targets?[read more]

Keystone XL Pipeline Veto: Right Decision at the Right Time

February 26, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Obama and the Keystone Veto

We don't need Congress to be a pipeline permitting agency. And, there's a good process in place that lets president decide whether transboundary energy projects are in the national interest. The Keystone pipeline has repeatedly been shown to be dangerous to our water, communities, and climate.[read more]

U.S. LNG Exports Can Save GHGs Globally, U.S. Accrues Social Cost

February 26, 2015 by Leslie Abrahams
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LNG Exports and Costs

U.S. LNG exports save GHGs when displacing coal and Russian natural gas pipeline exports for electricity and heating abroad. The most important thing the U.S. can do to ensure these GHG savings are realized is to prioritize minimizing its methane leakage from upstream production and pipeline transmission.[read more]