Author Archives: Meredith Fowlie

Climate Change and the Post-Election Blues

I am living in a very blue state. The graph below charts Google searches for “stages of grief”. The spike in grief-stricken web/soul searching corresponds with- you guessed it- the 2016 election. The map shows where, in the days following … Continue reading

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Is Cap and Trade Failing Low Income and Minority Communities?

Pollution – like income- is unequally distributed. In fact, pollution exposure is more unequally distributed than income in the U.S. for some pollutants. Refinery in Wilmington, CA. Credit: Luis Sinco/LA Times Exposure to pollution-related health risks, accumulated over a lifetime, … Continue reading

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If a Tree Falls in the Forest…Should We Use It to Generate Electricity?

Every summer vacation, we pack our tree-hugging family into the car and head for the Sierra Nevada mountains. In many respects, our trip this summer was just like any other year, complete with family bonding moments and awe-inspiring wilderness experiences: … Continue reading

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The Promise and Perils of Linking Carbon Markets

The theme of the week is “We’re stronger together“.  This rallying cry applies in lots of places.. including climate change mitigation!   So this week’s blog looks at how this theme is playing out in carbon markets. A good place to start … Continue reading

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Time to Unleash the Carbon Market?

What’s a ton of carbon (dioxide equivalent) worth? Not much if you ask the world’s carbon markets. The graph below summarizes prices and quantities covered by existing carbon emissions trading programs (green) and carbon taxes (blue).  Nearly all carbon market … Continue reading

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The Duck has Landed

May has arrived and days are getting longer and warmer. This is good news for baseball fans, barbecue enthusiasts, and grid operators concerned about integrating unprecedented levels of solar energy onto the California grid. Source: Solar panels at Busch Baseball … Continue reading

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Canada’s Got a Good Thing Going

It’s tax season and this makes many Americans pretty grumpy. According to a recent poll/parody, 27% of those surveyed indicate they would rather get an IRS tattoo than pay their taxes. Source Given the deep-seated ire that taxation can inspire … Continue reading

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Coal is too Cheap

  Two weeks ago on this blog, Max drew our attention to the fact that gas is too darn cheap. To underscore this point, he noted that  the average American is purchasing gasoline at half of its true social cost. … Continue reading

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Vehicle Emissions Testing Where the Rubber Hits the Road

What do pro cycling, education reform, and vehicle emissions standards all have in common?   source ,  source , source Cheating scandals is the flip answer. But a more fundamental connection is summed up by “Goodhart’s law” which predicts that, once a measure becomes … Continue reading

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Are the Benefits to the Weatherization Assistance Program’s Energy Efficiency Investments Four Times the Costs?

Today’s post is co-authored by Michael Greenstone (University of Chicago) and Catherine Wolfram (UC Berkeley) Faculty Directors of The E2e Project. As featured in the New York Times For Government That Works, Call In the Auditors The urgency of climate … Continue reading

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