What major league baseball can and cannot teach us about air pollution impacts. I am not a follower of major league baseball. I can’t tell you who’s up this season. … Continue Reading Air Pollution Inside Baseball
California is embarking on a serious carbon weight loss plan. The graph below tracks ambitious GHG emissions reduction targets through 2050 and our progress to date: Source: EIA Annual emissions … Continue Reading Are California’s Global Carbon Emissions Declining?
Can reducing your carbon footprint make any difference when you’re carbon capped? My friend is fixing up her kitchen on a budget. She’s a think-global-act-local type. She’s concerned about climate … Continue Reading Carbon Markets, Waterbeds, and You
Moving to a foreign country has a way of spurring experiments with lifestyle change. Our family has temporarily relocated to Switzerland where my kids have happily adjusted to the Swiss … Continue Reading The Sharing Economy is Learning How to Ride a Bike
Propping up domestic coal demand is an expensive snooze button. The decline in U.S. coal-fired electricity generation is a good news/bad news story, depending on your perspective. The good news … Continue Reading The Decline of Coal: Break the Fall or Soften the Blow?
The Trump administration’s social cost of carbon is misguided. The unraveling of federal environmental protection under the Trump administration is well underway. Over the past several months we’ve seen moves … Continue Reading What Climate Change Policy Puts America First?
Should pollution abatement investment be relatively low in places where pollution levels are high? The evidence is mounting that what you can’t see can kill you. What you can’t see … Continue Reading An Air Pollution Paradox?
What’s up with record low renewable energy prices? Policy innovation is key to harnessing renewable energy potential. There’s a revolution happening in the world of renewable energy policy. At last … Continue Reading The Renewable Energy Auction Revolution
It’s been blistering hot in the western U.S. Last week’s record-breaking temperatures had roads buckling, planes grounded, and electricity demand soaring. Temperatures in California last week: Source High temperatures … Continue Reading Building Codes Don’t Save Electricity… or Do They?
With all that’s been happening in Washington DC, you may have taken your finger off the pulse of California climate change policy. But now’s a good time to check back … Continue Reading California’s Carbon Border Wall
This post is co-authored with Duncan Callaway. Ahhhh Hawai’i, where the waves are big, the beaches are long, and the renewable energy ambitions are large: Source … Continue Reading Renewables Dis-integration?
In a recent Saturday Night Live episode, Baldwin-as-Trump is casting about for clever ways to get Mexico to pay for the border wall. But with each attempt, the joke is … Continue Reading How Would Energy Prices Adjust to the Border Adjustment Tax?
It’s here. The first week of the Trump administration. And it promises to be a busy one. On the energy front, Trump has an ambitious agenda for his first days … Continue Reading Will Trump Negotiate a Better Coal Deal for Taxpayers?
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 … Continue Reading Climate Change and the Post-Election Blues
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 … Continue Reading Is Cap and Trade Failing Low Income and Minority Communities?
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 … Continue Reading If a Tree Falls in the Forest…Should We Use It to Generate Electricity?