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Greenhouse Gasses

Illinois Considers Greenhouse Gas Metric for Evaluating Utility Performance

September 18, 2014 by EDF Energy Exchange

Greenhouse Gases and Utility Performance

A new utility business model is the hot topic in statehouses and regulatory commissions across the country, as some argue utility earnings should be based on performance rather than volumetric electricity sales. This is due to many factors like tech innovations and changing consumer expectations.[read more]

Reduce GHGs or Increase Energy Access?

February 3, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.

GHGs or Energy Access?

At the Center for Global Development Todd Moss and Ben Leo have a provocative analysis up about an obscure but consequential decision facing the US Congress. It has to do with a little-known US government agency called the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.[read more]

Where the greenhouse gases come from

July 18, 2008 by Chris Schultz

Below is very cool image that shows the breakdown of the activities that lead to global warming. The image comes from a report from the World Resources Institute Link to original post[read more]

U.S. Scientists and Economists' Call for Swift and Deep Cuts in Greenhouse Gas Emissions

April 30, 2008 by John Whitehead

From the RESECON listserv (see below) comes an opportunity to sign a U.S. Scientists and Economists' Call for Swift and Deep Cuts in Greenhouse Gas Emissions petition: There is growing momentum in the United States to establish policies that cap and reduce our nation's heat-trapping emissions. A central feature of the policy debate—in...[read more]

NOAA: Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide, Methane Rise Sharply in 2007

April 24, 2008 by Joseph Romm

The news from NOAA (here) is that all our dawdling on climate action this decade is having real impact on the atmosphere: Concentrations of CO2 jumped 2.4 ppm in 2007, taking us to 385 ppm (preindustrial levels hovered around 280 through 1850). That is an increase of 0.6% (or 19 billion tons). If we stay at that growth rate, we’ll be...[read more]

Midwest Oil Refineries Gobble Up Canadian Tar Sands, Spew Greenhouse Gasses

February 13, 2008 by Jesse Jenkins

Midwest oil refineries are gobbling up more and more crude oil from Canadian tar sands and are set to belch out up to 40 percent more greenhouse gas emissions in the next decade. According to the Chicago Tribune, oil refineries across the Midwest are set to expand (see graphic) and are planning on processing heavy crude oil from Canadian...[read more]

Chapter Seven Excerpt: The Electrifying Solution

January 17, 2008 by Joseph Romm

The beginning of the solutions discussion in Hell and High Water (paperback now at Amazon): This analysis suggests that the United States could reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by between 10 and 40 percent of the 1990 level at very low cost. Some reductions may even be a net savings if the proper policies are implemented.–U.S....[read more]

Is command and control the most effective way to reduce GHG emissions?

September 24, 2007 by Tim Haab

From as if struck dumb with astonishment and surprise.That pretty much sums up my reaction when I read this from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP):Regulation is the most effective means to achieve greenhouse gas emission reductions from buildings, a sector which accounts for some 30-40 % of global...[read more]