How Amazon and e-commerce may be harming the environment and what to do about it. E-commerce hit new records during the 2019 US holiday shopping season. Online shopping grew by … Continue Reading The Environmental Cost of Convenience
Millennials, carbon pricing, falling solar prices and Greta Thunberg topped our most-read list. I’m often asked, “Who actually writes the Energy Institute’s blog posts?” These questioners expect to hear that … Continue Reading Top 10 Blog Posts for 2019
Government needs to be more hands-on when it comes to keeping the lights on and shutting them off. Last week more than 700,000 homes and businesses, customers of Pacific Gas … Continue Reading Northern California Goes Dark
Saving energy and saving the climate are not the same thing. A couple years ago I took Severin’s advice and proactively replaced many of my still-working incandescent light bulbs with … Continue Reading Redirecting Energy Efficiency Policies for the Climate
The transition to new air conditioning refrigerants will involve difficult tradeoffs. Air conditioning (AC) has transformed life in hot and humid countries including the US, Japan and Korea. Over 85 … Continue Reading Weighing Consumer Safety versus Climate Action
With more engaged consumers we may find we need less. It’s a golden age for natural gas in the US. Production is soaring. In 2017 the country became a net … Continue Reading Do We Really Need All This Natural Gas Infrastructure?
Rooftop solar, gasoline price mystery, bike-sharing and more. The Energy Institute Blog plays a unique, and I believe important, role in the energy field. Each week one of our contributors, … Continue Reading 2018’s Most Popular Blog Posts