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Energy on the Edge: Understanding the Challenge

December 1, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Paris and the Challenges to Come

Along with the OPEC meeting that takes place late this week, the biggest story in the world of energy is the COP 21 conference that runs through the end of next week. Implementation of strategies that will help mitigate potential impacts of climate change are on the agenda.[read more]

COP21: Is 5 Years Better Than 10?

December 1, 2015 by David Hone

COP 21 and Future Energy Plans

As COP21 starts and the negotiators face the task of reaching an agreement, one of the most important points of discussion will be the review and recalibration of INDCs. Many organisations, including some business based ones, are arguing for a five yearly review of the national contributions.[read more]

Measuring Success in Paris

December 1, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

We will only know years from now, but the climate summit currently ongoing in Paris could prove to be transformative. It could set in motion a new dynamic among nations that, over time, will progressively strengthen the global climate effort.[read more]

Head Start in Paris: India Launches International Solar Alliance on Inaugural Day of Climate Talks

December 1, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India's COP 21 Announcement

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President François Hollande launched the International Solar Alliance on the inaugural day of the U.N. Climate Summit in Paris. The solar alliance brings together key countries and invites over 100 solar-rich countries to propel clean energy and protect the climate.[read more]

Businesses are Taking Climate Action

December 1, 2015 by Bob Perciasepe

Global climate talks underway in Paris have been built on a foundation of more than just national government commitments. “Sub-national actors,” such as cities, states, and companies, have been making their own climate commitments ahead of Paris, and that trend continues this week.[read more]

China and India Drive Recent Changes in World Coal Trade

November 30, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Coal and Imports

Global trade of coal grew from 2008 to 2013, but in 2014, it declined for the first time in 21 years. China and India accounted for 98% of the increase in world coal trade from 2008 to 2013, but declines in China's import demand have led to declines in total world coal trade in 2014 and in 2015 as well.[read more]

3 Ideas That Could Shape Our World After The Paris Climate Negotiations

November 30, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Paris Outcomes and Influence

The Paris climate negotiations can set the stage for a global shift on climate change – when our world’s emissions finally stop rising, level off, and begin to fall. There is reason to be optimistic: from China to the U.S., from Europe to Asia, countries are coming together with commitments to cut climate pollution.[read more]

The Eiffel Tower Guide to the UN Climate Change Summit

November 30, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Paris Agreement Possibilities

Here is why I am so hopeful about the UN climate mega-gathering in Paris starting today, November 30th: There is a very encouraging new global architecture for climate action being forged in Paris over the next two weeks; and It is embodied perfectly in the Eiffel Tower.[read more]

Tackling Fuel Poverty: Whose Responsibility Is It?

November 30, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group

Adressing Fuel Poverty

Fuel poverty is an issue currently affecting 2.35 million people in England alone. The problem of fuel poverty has wide-reaching causes and implications not only for those directly affected, but also for the wider society and economy as an overall whole.[read more]

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]

Giving Thanks for Cheap Oil and xEV Resilience

November 27, 2015 by James Greenberger

The week of Thanksgiving in the U.S. is a time to recount the things for which we should give thanks. From the standpoint of the world economy certainly close to the top of the thanks list this year is the price of crude oil, which closed last Wednesday at $43.04 per barrel, down from a high of $108.[read more]

Why 'Supply and Demand' Doesn't Work for Oil

November 27, 2015 by Gail Tverberg

Oil, Supply, and Demand

The understanding of supply and demand works in some limited cases–will a manufacturer make red dresses or blue dresses? The manufacturer’s choice doesn’t make much difference to the economic system as a whole, except perhaps in the amount of red and blue dye sold, so it is easy to accommodate.[read more]

U.S. Gasoline Prices this Thanksgiving are the Lowest in Seven Years

November 26, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Low Gas Prices on T-Day

United States retail regular-grade gasoline prices continue a trend of overall decline, averaging $2.09 per gallon (g) as of November 23, 73 cents lower than this time last year and the lowest heading into a Thanksgiving holiday weekend since the year 2008.[read more]

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