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An Economic Case For Governments To Make Sustainable Capital Investments

May 4, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci

Government and Real Investment

It’s hard to miss headlines about the perils of investing without considering climate change. From HSBC to the G20, institutional investors are concerned about inherent risks from failing to consider what happens when climate reality meets economic reality – but what about governments?[read more]

The Multibillion Dollar Question: How to Spend Carbon Revenues?

October 14, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie

Carbon Revenue Spending

Debates over carbon pricing policies tend to focus on the costs imposed on firms and households. When a carbon tax or cap and trade program is introduced, firms see energy-related operating costs rise, drivers pay more at the pump, households see the prices of energy, and energy-intensive goods, tick up.[read more]

Why Is California's Efficiency Program Struggling to Gain Traction?

January 9, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

After spending more than $230 million on a wide-reaching efficiency program over the last three years, California has only reached a fraction of its retrofit goals -- and has spent much more on administrative costs than on the actual projects.[read more]

Government Mandated Spending: A Lesson in Wasted Tax Dollars

October 3, 2013 by Robert Rapier

A couple of weeks ago the US Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Inspector General released an audit report on how well taxpayer money has been utilized in the pursuit of commercializing integrated biorefineries. The results are not pretty.[read more]