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Environmental Policy

Alberta's New Climate Plan: Can Alberta Be a Model for Texas?

November 27, 2015 by James Coleman

Alberta and Texas and Planning for the Climate

On Monday, Premier Rachel Notley announced Alberta’s new climate plan, which is supported by a detailed report from a panel of experts. The centerpiece of the plan is a $30/tonne price on carbon emissions in Alberta that is implemented through a modified tax dubbed a “carbon competitiveness regulation.”[read more]

How Critics Try (and Fail) to Attack Carbon Pricing

November 27, 2015 by Noah Kaufman

Carbon Pricing

Carbon pricing is rapidly gaining popularity, with more than 60 national and subnational programs as well as endorsements from key political figures and more than 1,000 corporations. Like anything that goes mainstream, a backlash was inevitable.[read more]

No Country For Old Biofuels

November 27, 2015 by Jonathan Lewis

Biofuel Economics

The corn ethanol lobby is shocked—shocked, it says—that the United States government has declined to list the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) as one of the measures the country will rely on to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade.[read more]

From Deceit to Disaster, Here Are the Top Turkeys of Energy in 2015

November 26, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Energy Turkeys of 2015

We've covered a lot of good news in the energy business this year. But the most compelling stories are often the ones about people, companies and governments doing questionable and difficult things. Or about bad things happening to them. Or about both.[read more]

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]

Vehicle Emissions Testing Where the Rubber Hits the Road

November 25, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Vehicle Emissions Regulation and Testing

“Goodhart’s law” predicts that, once a measure becomes a proxy for the purpose of enforcing a policy, it will cease to provide a good measure. Goodhart (an economist) had monetary policy in mind. But look around and you’ll find lots of other examples, especially in vehicle emissions.[read more]

Taking A Step Back Brings Energy Revolution Clearly Into Focus

November 25, 2015 by Dennis Wamsted

Energy Revolution Analysis

It is very easy to get lost in the day-to-day minutia of the revolution currently under way in the energy industry. But two recent reports, one highlighting where we’ve been and the second pointing to where we are going, are a useful grounding tool.[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]

United States and China Advance Policies to Limit CO2 Emissions

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

US and China Emissions Policies

Late last year, China and the United States each announced intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to mitigate their respective greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but there is still uncertainty in each country's ability to meet those targets.[read more]

The Small Steps That Will Lead to a Low-Carbon Economy

November 24, 2015 by Steven Cohen

The world heads toward the Paris Climate talks in a few weeks, but after the conference, when everyone comes home, these large-scale policy discussions will be replaced by small-scale management decisions and the day-to-day actions that will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.[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]

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]

While You Were Distracted by Keystone XL

November 23, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Earlier this month, after a debate that spanned nearly the entire duration of his presidency, President Obama finally rejected the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project. He had been heavily criticized on this issue from many angles, including by me, for his long-running failure to make a decision.[read more]