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Eight Energy Myths Explained

April 28, 2014 by Gail Tverberg

Energy Myths

Republicans, Democrats, and environmentalists all have favorite energy myths. Even Peak Oil believers have favorite energy myths. The following are a few common misbeliefs, coming from a variety of energy perspectives. I will start with a recent myth, and then discuss some longer-standing ones.[read more]

Five Myths About the 'Carbon Asset Bubble'

November 26, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

Although bubbles are best seen in retrospect, investors should always be alert to the potential, particularly after our experience just a few years ago. In this case, however, I see good reasons to believe that the case for a “carbon asset bubble” has been overstated and applied too broadly.[read more]

Energy Risk: Radiation Superstition

October 21, 2013 by Robert Hargraves

Radition Superstition

Within our reach, advanced nuclear power is a solution to the global crises of increasing air pollution deaths, climate change, and the growing populations of nations trapped in energy poverty. Unwarranted fear of radiation and ignorance of facts keeps nuclear power from rapid adoption.[read more]

Six Myths About Renewable Energy, and Seven Answers

October 2, 2013 by America's Power Plan

Renewable Energy

Keith Johnson, writing recently in the Wall Street Journal, lays out “Six Myths About Renewable Energy.” Citing the rapid progress renewables have made in recent years, he concludes that many of the debating points we hear today are based on outdated facts and assumptions.[read more]


Clearing Up A Few Myths About Brazilian Biofuels Trade

September 19, 2013 by Leticia Phillips

Brazilian Biofuels

Fresh export data show Brazilian sugarcane exports are on on track exceed 2013 RFS targets for advanced biofuels, and comes as a reality check to naysayers of sugarcane ethanol. Let’s debunk two leading myths about Brazilian sugarcane ethanol.[read more]

Debunking Common Energy Efficiency Myths

November 25, 2011 by Sara Hayes

Energy efficiency can be difficult to conceptualize. There’s not a representative device like a solar panel or wind turbine. Rather, it’s a collection of technologies, strategies, and policies involving our houses, businesses, transportation, and behavior that improve the way we live. There are often misunderstandings or “myths” about...[read more]

The Myths of Market Prices and Efficiency

March 3, 2009 by Robert Stavins

In my two previous posts I described a pair of prevalent myths regarding how economists think about the environment: “the myth of the universal market” ­– the notion that economists believe that the market solves all problems; and “the myth of simple market solutions” – the notion that economists always recommend simple market solutions...[read more]