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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]

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]

Let the Planning Continue, Part 2: Even in States that have Sued EPA, Progress Toward Compliance

November 24, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

State Policy and the CPP

The publication of the final Clean Power Plan prompted a suite of suits from states, both in opposition and in support of the rule. However, the vast majority of states have started some part of the process of convening stakeholders, soliciting public input, and talking with EPA - even if those states that are suing.[read more]

The Revision of China's Energy and Coal Consumption Data: A Preliminary Analysis

November 24, 2015 by Hao Tan

China and Energy Consumption

On November 3rd, the New York Times carried a front page report that China has revised its estimates of how much coal it has been burning, and concluding that its carbon emissions have been higher than had been previously reported and assumed.[read more]

Paris Can Be a Key Step

November 23, 2015 by Robert Stavins

My purpose today, in this essay, is to explain why I believe that the Paris climate talks may in fact turn out to be a key step in the international negotiations, and more important, a significant step in efforts to address the threat of climate change.[read more]

Let the Planning Continue, Part 1: With Lawsuits as Backdrop, States Make Progress on Clean Power Plan

November 23, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

Clean Power Plan and State Choices

The publication of the final Clean Power Plan (CPP) in the Federal Register on October 23rd prompted a suite of suits from states, both in opposition and in support of the rule. This post provides a scorecard on the states currently involved in the legal action — 45 in all.[read more]


Will the U.S. Comply with President Obama's Paris COP21 INDC Pledge?

November 19, 2015 by John Miller

The Paris Agreement and Political Reality

The Administration submitted an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) for the COP 21 that would commit the U.S. to cut its total greenhouse gas emissions 2005-2025 by 26-28%. Will the U.S. reasonably comply with this commitment based on existing Federal energy related regulations?[read more]

Utilities, RTOs/ISOs Eye Clean Power Plan Compliance, Regionally and Individually

November 18, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

EPA Reglation and Clean Power Planning

While states ponder their role in compliance with the now-final Clean Power Plan, the ultimate action will be in the electric power sector itself. Utilities and other generators are making early moves to prepare for, if not get ahead of, EPA requirements.[read more]

One Million Tonnes of CO2

November 18, 2015 by David Hone

Carbon Capture and Storage

The first week of November sees Shell officially open its first major carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility, called the Quest project. It is in Alberta, Canada and will capture and store about one million tonnes of carbon dioxide per annum.[read more]

David Crane’s 5 'Easy' Steps to Tackling Climate Change

November 18, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

David Crane Solves Climate Change

The energy industry is currently running out of time on addressing climate change and the many issues related to it, says NRG CEO David Crane. And if utilities don't find the customer-centric solutions to the problem, they're in big trouble.[read more]

Seven Things You Should Know About China's Coal Consumption

November 17, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China's issuance in August of its 2014 Energy Statistical Yearbook has recently garnered attention due to the yearbook's substantial upward revision of China's coal consumption statistics and their potential implications for China's GHG emissions and the December Paris climate negotiations.[read more]

Will the Paris Agreement Be a Legally Binding Treaty?

November 16, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

Secretary of State John Kerry caused a bit of a stir with comments this week in the Financial Times suggesting that the Paris climate agreement will not be a legally binding treaty. It appears Mr. Kerry has stepped somewhat inelegantly into a legal morass that doesn’t translate easily into sound bites.[read more]


Differentiation, Financial Support, and the Paris Climate Talks

November 12, 2015 by Robert Stowe

If the 196 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Paris come to an actual decision, the accord will be the most significant multilateral climate-change agreement put into effect since the Kyoto Protocol, concluded in 1997 (or maybe ever).[read more]

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