“A Politically Palatable Path to Emissions Reductions – More Than a Carbon Tax”

“A Politically Palatable Path to Emissions Reductions – More Than a Carbon Tax”   With our national carbon goals now set by the COP21 Paris agreements, the hard work of charting an effective, efficient path toward emissions reductions must begin. At present, the United States’ carbon abatement approach is an odd mix of top-down and […]

Individual Energy Savings – Easy enough!

  Individual Energy Savings – Easy enough!   There are dozens of ways in which a single consumer can save energy. There are direct and indirect ways, and they take place across all areas of a person’s life. I will first focus on the home, as buildings consume 40% of U.S. primary energy, including 72% […]

Post Paris, COP21, December, 12, 2015.

Post Paris, COP21, December, 12, 2015.   While a new global climate agreement was never really in doubt, its scope and depth were very much in play to the end, and risks of backsliding were real. All nations are now required to act on a common timeframe, so the past bifurcation between developed and developing […]

Catching Before Belching: The Questionable Future of Carbon Capture

Today, countless smokestacks around the world are emitting carbon emissions into the atmosphere. This is not a good news, as “cumulative emissions of hundreds or even thousands of gigatonnes of CO2 would need to be prevented during this century to stabilize the CO2 concentration at 450 to 750 ppmv (IPCC).” Because we cannot just stop […]

Are Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) Technologies Worth Pursuing?

Adam Stein Energy Policy and Climate Expected graduation year: 2017   Are Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) Technologies Worth Pursuing?     Carbon capture technologies show promise, but there are many unanswered questions. We must ask how the costs of CCS could be reduced drastically, since an enormous investment is required to install a carbon […]

You Owe Me a Nickel

  When I was a kid living at home, my dad charged me a nickel every time I left a room without turning the light off. Usually this entailed me going to ask my mother for a nickel, because I never had any. She’d sigh and say, “You left a light on again, didn’t you?” […]

Too late for cap and trade?

Posted by SUE CASKEY at Tuesday, November 24, 2015 12:06:04 PM EST In my discussion posts, it was interesting to watch my own opinion shift before my eyes. i had originally thought I was in favor of cap and trade until I started considering the negatives. I’m still convinced we need C&T to allow business […]

Energy Efficiency can be an Individual Effort

We have a choice: We can continue with business-as-usual energy use, or we can use energy smarter and waste less by investing in efficiency measures and participating in energy savings programs targeted to consumers (e.g. utility-sponsored rebate programs). Energy efficiency can give us more control over how and when we consume energy, while maintaining the […]

Arguing both sides of the cap and trade debate

Arguing both sides of the cap and trade debate really made me understand that there is not one solution to climate change, or even just emissions control, that is going to be perfect in every scenario and for each participant. There are absolutely sacrifices that have to be made, and the biggest question is really […]

December 9, 2015. Paris, France. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) COP21.

Notes of optimism are emerging for an agreement on time (Friday evening) or even a bit early. However, two major longstanding issues require still resolution, according to high level sources. The first is differentiation, or the question of equal approaches to commitments by all nations. The Kyoto protocol negotiations of 1997 proceeded on a dual […]