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Let the Planning Begin, Part 2: States Prepare to Comply with the Clean Power Plan - or Not

October 9, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

State Compliance and Defiance

To comply or not to comply with EPA’s Clean Power Plan? For states, that is the question. Here we take a look at the states that are showing no sign of preparing to submit a plan, whether they don’t have to, they haven’t decided how to respond, or they just refuse to — in which case EPA will impose a federal plan.[read more]

Center for Carbon Removal: Beyond Mitigation in a 2C World

October 9, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Carbon Removal

Later this year ministers, scientists, diplomats and heads of state from more than 190 countries will convene in Paris for COP 21 with the ambitious goal of adopting a binding international treaty to limit greenhouse gas emissions from human activity. The enormity of that task can be distilled to one number: two.[read more]

A World-Wide Climate Agreement by the End of 2015

October 8, 2015 by Henry Auer

A Real International Climate Agreement?

Nations around the world are filing notice of their proposed contributions for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases in the next 10-15 years, or more. This is being done ahead of the next (21st) United Nations “Conference of the Parties” (COP) that convenes starting the end of November 2015.[read more]

Let the Planning Begin, Part 1: States Prepare to Comply with the Clean Power Plan - or Not

October 8, 2015 by Frank Swigonski

Clean Power Plan Compliance

Ever since the EPA released the final version of the Clean Power Plan, the rule’s 1,560 pages of dense text (and an equally daunting pile of Technical Support Documents) have kept legal analysts and policy wonks busy and bleary-eyed. Perhaps the most important group of readers, however, are state regulators.[read more]

Are the Benefits to the Weatherization Assistance Program's Energy Efficiency Investments Four Times the Costs?

October 8, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

The urgency of climate change demands solutions that work. So, a clear-eyed assessment of how well policies and programs perform is critical, no matter the results. Using rigorous evidence to inform policy design and implementation is the only way to ensure that we effectively confront climate change.[read more]

Addressing the World's Flare Gas Problem

October 8, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Flare Gas and Environmental Risk


I don’t generally use this column to discuss the projects that I am working on. In fact, it’s been more than 2 years since I did. But I often get inquiries about where I am and what I am doing, so in today’s column I thought I would update readers who may be interested.[read more]

Final Steps Towards Paris?

October 7, 2015 by David Hone

The last ten days have seen a rush by nations to publish their INDCs, with the much anticipated INDC from India amongst those submitted. On Monday October 5th, the Co-Chairs of the ADP also released a proposal for a first draft of a new climate change agreement for Paris.[read more]

Canada Has a Big Climate Opportunity, but will Policy Makers Seize It?

October 7, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Canada Climate Opportunity

A new analysis out recently, Conducted by ICF International, shows Canada’s oil and gas sector can achieve substantial cuts in emissions of methane – a powerful pollutant and the primary ingredient in natural gas – using low-cost pollution controls.[read more]

Nuclear Energy's Low-Carbon Attributes Increase Public Support

October 7, 2015 by Dan Yurman

Nuclear, Carbon, and Public Opinion

Awareness of nuclear energy’s leading role in preventing greenhouse gas emissions in the electric sector solidifies the conviction among an overwhelming majority of Americans that the technology is important to the nation’s energy and environmental future.[read more]

The Papal Encyclical and Climate Change Policy

October 6, 2015 by Robert Stavins

Coral Davenport, writing in the New York Times, was the first in the press to note that the encyclical on the environment released by Pope Francis, with tremendous praise from diverse quarters, “is as much an indictment of the global economic order as it is an argument for the world to confront climate change.”[read more]

Brazil First Developing Country to Submit an Absolute Emissions Target for 2025

October 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Brazil Emissions and Development

Brazil announced at the UN General Assembly that the country would reduce greenhouse gas emissions 37% below 2005 levels by 2025, with an "indicative target" of 43% reduction by 2030. This makes Brazil the largest developing country to set an economy-wide emissions target in its climate pledge.[read more]

Moderating Extremes in Building Design

October 6, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Building Design and Moderation

Leon Glicksman designs buildings with an eye toward improved energy efficiency, and, like many of his MIT colleagues, he brings with him a high-tech portfolio. He develops aerogel panels to improve insulation and software packages to guide architects.[read more]

President Hillary Clinton Will Oppose Crude Oil Exports

October 5, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Let’s take a look at Hillary’s energy proposals. Her energy policy proposals have been rife with pandering and flip-flops. Of course they all do it to some extent. John McCain wasn’t above it, flip-flopping on ethanol and pandering by proposing a cut in gasoline taxes leading up to the election.[read more]

Who Supports Oil and Gas Methane Regulations? Pretty Much Everyone

October 5, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Regulations and Public Support

The EPA has held a series of hearings across the country to collect public testimony in response to its new proposal to curb oil and gas companies’ emissions. The hearings provided a chance for stakeholders in areas where the oil and gas industry has a footprint to voice their concerns and perspectives.[read more]

India Commits to Accelerate Clean Energy and Climate Action, Clearing Path to Paris Climate Talks

October 2, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India and Climate Talks

Signaling a commitment to fight climate change, India submitted its targets as a part of the Paris climate agreement. India committed to reduce its emissions intensity by 33 to 35% from 2005-levels by 2030, a long-term commitment to curb its GHG emissions under the UNFCCC.[read more]