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Head Start in Paris: India Launches International Solar Alliance on Inaugural Day of Climate Talks

December 1, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India's COP 21 Announcement

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President François Hollande launched the International Solar Alliance on the inaugural day of the U.N. Climate Summit in Paris. The solar alliance brings together key countries and invites over 100 solar-rich countries to propel clean energy and protect the climate.[read more]

Businesses are Taking Climate Action

December 1, 2015 by Bob Perciasepe

Global climate talks underway in Paris have been built on a foundation of more than just national government commitments. “Sub-national actors,” such as cities, states, and companies, have been making their own climate commitments ahead of Paris, and that trend continues this week.[read more]

Why Renewable Energies are Causing an Increase of Coal Power in Germany

November 30, 2015 by Mika Reichel

Coal and Germany

Opinions differ about the German energy transition. As always with energy, it is important to look at the actual facts and statistics while paying attention to the details; such as the difference between electricity production (GWh and installed capacity (GW).[read more]

China and India Drive Recent Changes in World Coal Trade

November 30, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Coal and Imports

Global trade of coal grew from 2008 to 2013, but in 2014, it declined for the first time in 21 years. China and India accounted for 98% of the increase in world coal trade from 2008 to 2013, but declines in China's import demand have led to declines in total world coal trade in 2014 and in 2015 as well.[read more]

3 Ideas That Could Shape Our World After The Paris Climate Negotiations

November 30, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Paris Outcomes and Influence

The Paris climate negotiations can set the stage for a global shift on climate change – when our world’s emissions finally stop rising, level off, and begin to fall. There is reason to be optimistic: from China to the U.S., from Europe to Asia, countries are coming together with commitments to cut climate pollution.[read more]

The Eiffel Tower Guide to the UN Climate Change Summit

November 30, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Paris Agreement Possibilities

Here is why I am so hopeful about the UN climate mega-gathering in Paris starting today, November 30th: There is a very encouraging new global architecture for climate action being forged in Paris over the next two weeks; and It is embodied perfectly in the Eiffel Tower.[read more]

Alberta's New Climate Plan: Can Alberta Be a Model for Texas?

November 27, 2015 by James Coleman

Alberta and Texas and Planning for the Climate

On Monday, Premier Rachel Notley announced Alberta’s new climate plan, which is supported by a detailed report from a panel of experts. The centerpiece of the plan is a $30/tonne price on carbon emissions in Alberta that is implemented through a modified tax dubbed a “carbon competitiveness regulation.”[read more]

How Critics Try (and Fail) to Attack Carbon Pricing

November 27, 2015 by Noah Kaufman

Carbon Pricing

Carbon pricing is rapidly gaining popularity, with more than 60 national and subnational programs as well as endorsements from key political figures and more than 1,000 corporations. Like anything that goes mainstream, a backlash was inevitable.[read more]

No Country For Old Biofuels

November 27, 2015 by Jonathan Lewis

Biofuel Economics

The corn ethanol lobby is shocked—shocked, it says—that the United States government has declined to list the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as one of the measures the country will rely on to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.[read more]

Giving Thanks for Cheap Oil and xEV Resilience

November 27, 2015 by James Greenberger

The week of Thanksgiving in the U.S. is a time to recount the things for which we should give thanks. From the standpoint of the world economy certainly close to the top of the thanks list this year is the price of crude oil, which closed last Wednesday at $43.04 per barrel, down from a high of $108.[read more]

Why 'Supply and Demand' Doesn't Work for Oil

November 27, 2015 by Gail Tverberg

Oil, Supply, and Demand

The understanding of supply and demand works in some limited cases–will a manufacturer make red dresses or blue dresses? The manufacturer’s choice doesn’t make much difference to the economic system as a whole, except perhaps in the amount of red and blue dye sold, so it is easy to accommodate.[read more]

No Climate Solution Without Nuclear, Experts Say

November 26, 2015 by Jarret Adams

Climate and Nuclear Solutions

The massive worldwide investment in renewable energy, including wind and solar, is good news for the environment. The bad news is that these low-carbon energy sources cannot on their own achieve the COP21 goal of preventing the planet from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).[read more]

U.S. Gasoline Prices this Thanksgiving are the Lowest in Seven Years

November 26, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Low Gas Prices on T-Day

United States retail regular-grade gasoline prices continue a trend of overall decline, averaging $2.09 per gallon (g) as of November 23, 73 cents lower than this time last year and the lowest heading into a Thanksgiving holiday weekend since the year 2008.[read more]

From Deceit to Disaster, Here Are the Top Turkeys of Energy in 2015

November 26, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Energy Turkeys of 2015

We've covered a lot of good news in the energy business this year. But the most compelling stories are often the ones about people, companies and governments doing questionable and difficult things. Or about bad things happening to them. Or about both.[read more]

Key Elements of the Paris Climate Agreement: Deepening International Action

November 26, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Paris Agreement Elements

World leaders will meet in Paris to finalize an international climate change agreement that will require deeper emissions reduction commitments from all countries. If all goes well, all major countries will enshrine their new climate commitments in this agreement.[read more]

Climate and Prosperity: Two Roads Converge in Paris

November 26, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Climate Change and Economic Health

Next week delegates, ministers, heads-of-state and leaders of civil society meet in Paris at the COP 21 conference in hopes of striking an international commitment limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.[read more]

Vehicle Emissions Testing Where the Rubber Hits the Road

November 25, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Vehicle Emissions Regulation and Testing

“Goodhart’s law” predicts that, once a measure becomes a proxy for the purpose of enforcing a policy, it will cease to provide a good measure. Goodhart (an economist) had monetary policy in mind. But look around and you’ll find lots of other examples, especially in vehicle emissions.[read more]

Taking A Step Back Brings Energy Revolution Clearly Into Focus

November 25, 2015 by Dennis Wamsted

Energy Revolution Analysis

It is very easy to get lost in the day-to-day minutia of the revolution currently under way in the energy industry. But two recent reports, one highlighting where we’ve been and the second pointing to where we are going, are a useful grounding tool.[read more]

Carbon Pricing and COP 21

November 25, 2015 by David Hone

As we get closer to COP21 there will be plenty of articles and opinion pieces put forward describing the process, speculating on the outcome and generally trying to help readers understand what exactly is going on. One such piece appeared in the Financial Times recently, written by Pilita Clark.[read more]

Will the Paris Climate Summit Lead to a Cooler Planet?

November 25, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Paris and Possible Effects

Big hopes are riding on the 2015 United Nations climate change conference planned for Nov. 30-Dec. 11 in Paris, where more than 190 nations will strive to hammer out an international agreement aimed at lowering global temperatures through significant reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.[read more]