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Public Investment in Clean Energy ''Poised for Exponential Growth'

June 30, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Green Investment

Even without access to MLPs, which are publicly traded entities that are allowed to act like traditional corporations in the eyes of the Internal Revenue Service, financing vehicles for clean energy projects are already being unleashed. Investment in clean energy hit nearly $340 billion in 2014.[read more]

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Natural Gas Production in East Africa: An Inevitable Resource Curse?

June 25, 2015 by Neha Nandakumar

African Resources and Consequences

East African nations are experiencing a boom in oil and natural gas production that is increasingly exported by Western companies. While these activities may appear to be an economic boon to these countries, they could potentially cause natural gas to be a “resource curse” for developing nations.[read more]

Under Sanctions, Iran's Crude Oil Exports Have Nearly Halved in Three Years

June 25, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Iran Oil Sanctions

Sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union (EU) at the end of 2011 and during the summer of 2012, respectively, led to the displacement of more than 1.0 million barrels per day (b/d) of Iranian crude oil on the global market.[read more]

Oil and Natural Gas Production Job Declines Tend to Lag Oil Price Declines

June 24, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Fossil Fuels and Labor Levels

Employment in oil and natural gas extraction and support activities in the United States reached nearly 538,000 in October 2014, but then it declined by about 35,000 jobs, or 6.5%, over the following six months, through April 2015, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).[read more]

Laudato Si: The Moral Case for Energy Efficiency

June 22, 2015 by James Greenberger

Pope Francis and Climate Change/shutterstock

Last week Pope Francis issued a sweeping new encyclical on the environment entitled “Laudato Si”. The encyclical runs 184-pages and covers a range of issues. Most noteworthy is its endorsement of the proposition that climate change is real and caused primarily by human activity.[read more]

Pope Francis Highlights the Moral Imperative of Climate Action

June 18, 2015 by Bob Perciasepe
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Pope Francis brings a clear and powerful moral voice to a climate change debate too often clouded by competing ideologies. He reminds us of our responsibilities to the planet and to one another, and makes plain the stakes and the urgency of stronger action.[read more]

Can Billions of Philanthropic Dollars Bridge Cleantech's Valley of Death?

June 16, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Green Dollars Can Bridge the Gap

When Sarah Kearney was a high school senior in upstate New York, she was a recipient of the 2003 Rochester Business Alliance’s Young Women of Distinction award. During the process she came to know one of the judges, Arunas Chesonis, a telecom entrepreneur who is something of a local celebrity.[read more]

When Margaret Thatcher and the Dalai Lama Agree

June 15, 2015 by Adam Whitmore
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Climate change is a politically divisive issue, with those on the left more active and concerned than conservatives. And there is much evidence that those with different values perceive the issue differently. But concern about climate change can be placed firmly in the mainstream of the conservative tradition.[read more]

The EPA's Clean Power Plan 'Victory' Isn't The Slam Dunk It Seems To Be

June 12, 2015 by Brian H. Potts
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Clean Power Plan Problems?

The EPA is probably feeling pretty good about itself after its big climate “win” in federal court on Tuesday. A three-judge, conservative-leaning panel dismissed various state and industry challenges to the legality of the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan. But is a larger problem for the plan on the horizon?[read more]

Why EIA, IEA, and BP Oil Forecasts are Too High

June 12, 2015 by Gail Tverberg
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Oil Forecasting and Risk

When forecasting how much oil will be available in future years, a standard approach seems to be the following: 1. Figure out how much GDP growth the researcher hopes to have in the future. 2. “Work backward” to see how much oil is needed, based on how much oil was used for a given level of GDP in the past.[read more]

OPEC Crashed the U.S. Rig Count

June 11, 2015 by Robert Rapier
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OPEC and U.S. Rig Count

Last November, after several months of plummeting crude oil prices, the OPEC met to discuss the oil production quotas for each country in the months ahead. Many expected OPEC to cut production. Instead, OPEC announced that they would continue pumping at the same rate.[read more]

On Pragmatic Conservation

There is a debate among conservationists over the future of protected areas. On one side are groups that do things like work with countries to site hydroelectric dams so they are less destructive. Then there's groups like the Center for Biological Diversity that sue governments to protect endangered species.[read more]

G7 Agreement Adds Momentum to Strong Global Climate Agreement this Year

June 10, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

The G7 countries have sent a clear signal that they want a climate agreement that puts the world on a better path to avoiding the impacts of climate change. The G7 includes the largest developed economies in the world. What they outline can have a powerful impact on the overall shape of the Paris agreement.[read more]

Kudos to Bipartisan Ideas for the Clean Power Plan

June 5, 2015 by Michael Tubman
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Debate over the proposed Clean Power Plan has been, not surprisingly, contentious and, unfortunately, partisan. With all the partisan rancor surrounding the plan, it was refreshing to see a bipartisan group of senators take a different approach.[read more]

Opportunity and Crisis in South Africa's Electricity

June 4, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group
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South Africa is in an electricity crisis. It has resulted in regular load-shedding across the country since late last year as the country’s cash strapped utility Eskom faces a $17 billion funding gap to 2018. Electricity consumers face a 250 per cent cumulative increase in electricity prices since 2008.[read more]