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Why Ecomodernists Should Embrace Wind Power

April 17, 2015 by Jesse Jenkins
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Ecomodernist Manifesto and Wind Energy

A new Ecomodernist Manifesto outlines an aspirational and important brand of modern environmentalism. Yet excluding wind energy from their vision of a modern energy future is a mistake. Here's why anyone claiming the mantle of "ecomodernism" or "ecopragmatism" should embrace wind energy...[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "This is Not Just a Future Threat"

April 17, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Obama and the Climate Change Threat

President Obama is arguing that climate change is a public health hazard, as the White House launches a new initiative aimed at addressing the impacts a warming planet has on communities. These initiatives are intended to address smog, allergies and the increasing risk of extreme-weather-related injuries.[read more]

Mexico Provides Additional Detail on Mitigation Plans for Post-2020 Emission Reductions

April 17, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Following up on the late March announcement of its post-2020 emissions reduction commitment, Mexico has now provided a bit more detail on how it aims to achieve its goal of reducing 22% of greenhouse gas emissions and 51% of black carbon emissions by 2030.[read more]

Thermodynamic Geoengineereing: The Fourth Way

April 16, 2015 by Jim Baird
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Mitigating Climate Change

Geoengineering is the deliberate and large-scale intervention in the Earth’s climatic system with the aim of reducing global warming. It is most often thought of in terms of carbon dioxide removal or solar radiation management but another approach sits in the cooling of ocean surface waters.[read more]

Debate: Can America Get to 100% Renewable Energy by 2050? [PODCAST]

April 16, 2015 by Stephen Lacey
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In 2008, when Al Gore called for America to get 100% from its electricity from renewables, he was widely mocked. Even supporters who understood it was a rhetorical point understood how difficult it would be to achieve. But suppose the timeframe were stretched out to 2050. Would it really be that crazy?[read more]

Mobilizing Public and Private Investments for New and Renewable Energy Projects

April 15, 2015 by Joseph Nyangon

The energy market in the United States is currently undergoing a very dramatic transformation, a transformation driven by technological advancement, market dynamics, and better policies and laws—none of which was possible even a decade ago.[read more]

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Negotiating Access: A Case Study of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Cookstove Diffusion in India

April 15, 2015 by Yiting Wang

Studying Energy Use in India

The challenge to providing cleaner cookstoves, such as LPG stoves, in the developing world is not limited to the cost of the technology. In the case of LPG services in rural India, these costs come from existing socioeconomic inequalities within the rural areas, as well as between rural and urban areas.[read more]

EU Environment and Climate Policy Briefing: All You Need to Know for April [VIDEO]

April 15, 2015 by Kasper Peters

EU Energy News for April

In this Brussels Briefing on Environment for viEUws - the European Union Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Sonja van Renssen provides an overview and analysis of the latest European Union environment and climate policy developments on the continent.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Usually if Someone Wants to Get Serious About Climate Change, They Don’t Threaten to Sue Us'

April 14, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Climate Change and Policy

Conservative policy group ALEC threatened legal action against activist groups that accuse it of denying climate change. While ALEC does not deny that presentations skeptical of climate science have occurred at meetings in the past, they insist that their new leadership is open to debate.[read more]

A Nuclear Future Means Clean, Economic Electricity; Yet Fossil Fuels Reign

April 14, 2015 by Milton Caplan
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Nuclear and Clean Energy Needs

China’s commitment to nuclear power is strong and unwavering. An important reason for this rapid expansion is the need for clean air. Pollution in China is a real and everyday problem for its large population. The Chinese see nuclear power as path to ultimately reducing their need to burn coal.[read more]

U.S. Climate Target Encourages Others to Put Best Foot Forward

April 10, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

The U.S. pushed strongly for getting climate targets on the table well ahead of this year’s Paris negotiation, arguing that exposing countries’ offerings to a bit of scrutiny would encourage them to “put their best foot forward.” With the formal submission of its intended target, the U.S. has arguably done just that.[read more]

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Naomi Klein Undervalues the Potential of the EU's Cap-and-Trade Plan to Curb CO2

April 9, 2015 by Emil Dimantchev
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Examining the Value of the EU's Cap-and-Trade

Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything" dismisses cap-and-trade as a climate policy tool despite historical evidence that the policy can reduce CO2 emissions. But for cap-and-trade to work, it needs the public to convince lawmakers to design it properly.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "I Don't Think Any One Issue is a Disaster for the Climate"

April 8, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Keystone and Climate Impacts

 

EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy commented Monday that construction of the Keystone XL pipeline would not spell inherent doom for the planet. McCarthy was asked about the climate impact of Keystone XL at an event hosted by Politico’s Mike Allen.[read more]

The Price of Energy: Canada's Challenge and Opportunity

April 8, 2015 by Jim Baird

Canada and Energy Prices

The current status quo in Canada places the country in the unique and almost incomprehensible position of potentially being a loser at both ends of fossil fuel/renewable energy tug of war. 75% of Canada’s petroleum reserves may have to be left in the ground.[read more]

Fossil Fuel Divestment: Some Points of Utility

April 7, 2015 by Benjamin Franta

Those who are serious about the risks of climate change should base their analyses on reason and evidence, not on rhetoric. And both reason and evidence strongly suggest that we need to be serious about efforts to divest from fossil fuels.[read more]