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California Backtracks on Its Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Program

September 16, 2015 by Henry Auer

California Emissions Efforts

California’s effort to curb emissions of greenhouse gases, initiated by former Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, suffered a major setback when present Governor Jerry Brown and state legislators agreed to exempt petroleum from the program. They succumbed to intense pressure from the oil industry.[read more]

Inside Climate Politics

September 14, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

The politics of climate change are often depicted as a simple battle, between environmentalists and particular industries, over government policy. That’s not wrong, but it’s only a rough sketch of the matter. Now a paper co-authored by MIT economist Christopher Knittel fills in some important details.[read more]

Sarah Palin Wants to Be Donald Trump's Energy Secretary

September 7, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Palin and Energy Politics

When Donald Trump inevitably becomes President of the United States and turns the White House into a Mar-a-Lago private country club, who will join him in his crusade to make America a great place to build golf courses again? The speculation has begun.[read more]

The Environment and the 2016 Elections

August 11, 2015 by Steven Cohen

It's the summer of 2015 and we have already been subjected to a Republican reality show disguised as a political debate. It is too early to know what will happen in next year's elections but obviously not too soon to start thinking about the coming election cycle.[read more]

The Energy Gang: Understanding the Political Turmoil Surrounding Renewables in Australia and Spain [PODCAST]

July 16, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Two countries with great renewable energy resources in the world -- Australia and Spain -- are also hostile to the industry. Australia just changed its national policies for renewables, upsetting project development plans. And Spain proposed yet another tax on storage systems to discourage self-consumption.[read more]

When Margaret Thatcher and the Dalai Lama Agree

June 15, 2015 by Adam Whitmore

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 Right Wing's Endless War on Environmental Regulation

May 27, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Since it seems impossible to update our environmental laws in this era of partisan poison, the Obama Administration has been working to use existing laws to update old rules. Updates like these were anticipated by many of our environmental laws.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: "Is There Another Issue that Might Engage the Way Keystone Has?"

April 16, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Keystone XL and Public Rancor

Green groups are contemplating what the next battle will be after the fight over the Keystone XL pipeline is over. While no one knows what the ultimate fate of the pipeline will be, the decision will come soon and activists will need to move on to other issues.[read more]

When Reasonable Policy Discussions Become Unreasonable Personal Attacks

March 25, 2015 by Robert Stavins

Coral Davenport wrote a story in the New York Times about the political debates in Washington regarding the proposed Keystone pipeline: “… most energy and policy experts say the battle over Keystone overshadows the importance of the project as an environmental threat or an engine of the economy."[read more]

Energy at a Crossroads

March 10, 2015 by Melinda Fairfax

Future Energy Planning in the UK

The election in the UK is soon approaching, which means the candidates will be hungry to gain ground on each other to secure that career defining opportunity. It seems like politicians are throwing money at green energy, which is great, but the industry is lacking direction. How will the future of energy be shaped?[read more]

Divestment Will Not Keep Carbon in the Ground

January 28, 2015 by Harry Saunders

Shuffling paper assets around does not change the production economics of the fossil fuels industry. Divestment must be justified on other grounds. No matter how widespread any particular misconception, it is unnerving when this infects learned discourse in the academy.[read more]

Political Accountability in Uttar Pradesh: Why Is the Government Not Enabling Basic Electricity Access?

January 20, 2015 by Johannes Urpelainen

Electricity Access and Government Development

Uttar Pradesh has in recent years made progress in rural electrification, but the reality is that village electrification does not say much about electricity access in the households. There is a real need for innovations by social scientists to strengthen the accountability of politicians to the local population.[read more]

New Year's Message to Congress on U.S. Energy Independence and Exports: Do No Harm

January 5, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe

When asked about the Republican agenda for 2015, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) is promising a “full-throated” debate on national energy policy. That worries me because ultimately, our energy situation is already moving in the right direction.[read more]

Center for the New Energy Economy Looks Back at the 2014 State Legislative Sessions

December 23, 2014 by Tom Plant

Each year, the Center for the New Energy Economy publishes an overview of legislative trends in the advanced energy sector from state legislatures across the country. In looking at 2014, the Center found a total of 437 bills that made it into law in a variety of categories relevant to advanced energy.[read more]

Energy Quotes of the Day: On the EPA's RFS Ineptitude

November 25, 2014 by Jared Anderson

EPA and the Renewable Fuel Standard

Rumors swirled recently that the EPA would finally announce the 2014 renewable volume obligations – quantity of ethanol and biofuels to be blended into fuel – until the they surprised many by postponing until next year. The renewable fuel standard, as the law is known, has been controversial for years.[read more]