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It’s Time to Refocus California’s Climate Strategy

You know this already, but let’s review: Climate change is a global emissions problem. California produces about 1% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Over the next few decades, the majority of emissions will come from developing countries. If we … Continue reading

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What wood smoke has taught me about fighting climate change

While much of the U.S. has been dealing with severe winter weather, California is experiencing a record dry spell.    The clear skies have also brought some cold nights and, with them, wood smoke.  What I’ve noticed in my neighborhood is … Continue reading

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Is demonizing “big carbon” a strategy or a copout?

Are we really being tricked, bullied or seduced into burning fossil fuels?  That seems to be the message behind two arguments made recently by prominent advocates for climate action: we should blame the producers of fossil fuels for the failure … Continue reading

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Much ado about nothing?

“Cutting carbon pollution from power plants” is the first item on President Obama’s 2013 Climate Action Plan.  The first milestone in this effort involves setting carbon dioxide emissions standards for new power plants. Last week, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy met … Continue reading

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California’s Cap-and-Trade Market Still Needs a Price Ceiling

Back in May, I blogged about the problem of low GHG allowance prices in the EU-ETS.  I explained the sound reasons for having both a price floor and a price ceiling in any allowance market where science doesn’t dictate a … Continue reading

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Learning and Forgetting the Wisdom of Coase

I was an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan in 1985 when our downsizing department library put a stack of old journals in the hallway for disposal.  Walking by the pile, I spotted the 1960 Journal of Law and … Continue reading

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400 ppm and the rising cost of climate change

Last week brought some sobering news from the Mauna Loa Observatory where the Keeling family has been dutifully recording atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide since 1958. On May 9, measured concentrations surpassed 400 parts per million (ppm). [1] Of course, … Continue reading

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An Important, and Sometimes Overlooked, Energy Efficiency Tool

The developing world will account for a huge share of the growth in energy demand in the future. But, if the rising demand is met with energy-efficient technologies – everything from efficient appliances for first-time purchasers to efficient industrial processes … Continue reading

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Looking for warmer weather? Be careful what you wish for.

Here in Ann Arbor, Michigan, this past March has been anything but spring-like. Even by our standards, we’ve had more than our fair share of cold, wind, and snow. And now winter seems to be extending itself into April…after a … Continue reading

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Lomborg vs. Obama

Bjorn Lomborg has a history of getting under environmentalists’ skin. His most recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, in which he labels Obama a climate alarmist based on a few sentences from his inaugural address, is likely to provoke more anger … Continue reading

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