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Can U.S. Canadian Oil Sands Imports be Nearly Carbon Neutral?

July 28, 2015 by John Miller
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Oil Sands and Carbon Neutrality

The Argonne National Laboratory published a study that indicates Canadian Oil Sands imports would increase greenhouse gas emissions by 20% greater than existing conventional U.S. domestic crudes. Is this study reasonably accurate or is it feasible that actual Oil Sands imports could be almost carbon neutral?[read more]

Membership has its Co-Benefits

July 28, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Preparing for the Paris Agreement

Last week marked the first “informal ministerial consultations” in the run up to the UN climate talks in December. The objective of these meetings before The Meeting is to provide common ground and a framework for what the UN Climate Chief is ominously calling the “last chance for a meaningful agreement”.[read more]

Trending Topics: Electricity Grid Integration in the West

July 28, 2015 by America's Power Plan
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Grid Integration in the West

The key barrier to the integration of renewables in the West is insufficient regional coordination. In order to develop a bulk electric grid that will be resilient, how the system is planned and operated and the means by which entities are compensated for the services they provide will need to evolve.[read more]

Level the Playing Field for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles

July 28, 2015 by Morry Markowitz
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Fair Markets for Fuel Cell Vehicles?

Zero-emission vehicles will be a major market sector of future automobiles, due to international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve local air quality, and reduce reliance on oil. Fuel cell electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles are the only two commercialized ZEVs available to consumers today.[read more]

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Seeking Consensus on the Externalized Costs of Energy: Methodology

July 27, 2015 by Schalk Cloete
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Seeking Consensus on External Costs

The next chapter of the Seeking Consensus project will evaluate externalized costs of a variety different energy options. This article details and explains the methodology that will be used in estimating these costs.[read more]

Sizing Up EPA's New Voluntary Methane Reduction Program

July 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

EPA and Methane

The U.S. oil and gas industry released more than 7.3 million metric tons of methane into the atmosphere in 2013, a three percent increase over 2012 – that’s an amount of gas worth nearly $2 billion, and enough to supply about 6 million American homes. So what are we going to do about it?[read more]

Four Things to Look for in EPA's New Voluntary Methane Reduction Proposal

July 24, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methane Reduction and Regulation

The EPA will soon propose its “enhanced” Natural Gas STAR program, providing guidelines for oil and gas companies that want to voluntarily reduce methane emissions. Calls for voluntary measures to address pollution have increased recently, as the EPA is set to release its first-ever methane rules this summer.[read more]

Green and Growing, or Ripe and Rotting?

Green Growth

Nathalie Girouard, Head of the Environmental Performance and Information Division Environment Directorate at the OECD, discusses the various findings and implications to be found in their new report "Towards Green Growth? Tracking Progress".[read more]

New Study Emphasizes Need to Find and Fix Methane Leaks, Reveals Limits of Voluntary Action

July 23, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methne Leak Risks

A study published recently in Environmental Science & Technology confirms official figures from the Environmental Protection Agency showing that an enormous amount of methane, about 80 billion cubic feet per year, is escaping from key nodes along the nation’s natural gas interstate pipeline system.[read more]

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Using China's Lack of Progress on Greenhouse Gas Reduction to Spur U.S. Climate Action

July 21, 2015 by Matthew Lichtash
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China and U.S. Climate Action

China is not on track to meet its international climate obligations—not by a long shot. Some use this sobering statistic as a reason not to limit our own emissions. Here's how we can flip this argument and turn China's lack of environmental progress into a motivating force for bold U.S. climate action.[read more]

Canada's New Energy Strategy Reveals Irreconcilable Rifts in Aspirations on Climate and Tar Sands

July 21, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Canada and Energy Policy Conflicts

Canada's provincial and territorial premiers have released a 'unified Canadian Energy Strategy' which reveals sharp divisions in the country's aspirations. The negotiations surrounding the strategy focused on using the document as a possible vehicle to obtain a national agreement on addressing climate change.[read more]

Climate Change and Oil Companies: Who Knew What and When?

July 20, 2015 by David Hone
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Oil Companies and Climate Change

A recent article in the Guardian, which was also carried through a number of other media outlets, implied some prior knowledge within the oil and gas industry of climate change and the impact of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel use long before others had recognized its impact.[read more]

The Politics of a Warming Arctic

July 17, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Arctic Politics

In 1991 eight “arctic nations” signed the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy, including Canada, the U.S. Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Russia. The AEPS identified six principal pollution issues: persistent organic pollutants, oil pollution, heavy metals, noise, radioactivity and acidification.[read more]

Paris Warms Up for Climate Event of the Decade

July 16, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group

Prepping for the Paris Agreement

Last week, more than 2000 climate change researchers gathered in Paris for the ‘Our Common Future under Climate Change’ conference, an enormous and prestigious event as part of the preparations for the COP21 climate negotiations in Paris later this year.[read more]

Our Common Future Under Climate Change: The Challenge and Opportunity

July 14, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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Building the Post-Carbon World

The largest international scientific meeting on climate change concluded this week in Paris, reinforcing the idea that 2015 is a crossroads for action on global warming. The international conference included 2000 scientists from nearly 100 countries discussing a large breadth of interests and disciplines.[read more]