When President Barack Obama took office in 2009, he set a goal of cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent of 2005 levels by 2020. The graph below shows … Continue Reading Will coal exports abroad offset hard-won carbon reductions at home?
Last week, following years of anticipation, the shoe finally dropped on EPA carbon regulations. Two or three things are notable in this. First, we’re on the road to a national climate policy! … Continue Reading EPA and climate regulation: Mind the gaps
Much was made last week about the flexibility of the EPA’s proposed new power plant regulations. According to EPA administrator Gina McCarthy, it “gives states the flexibility to chart their … Continue Reading Unlocking Cost Savings with Cap-and-Trade
Virtually all economists working on climate change agree that we should price GHG emissions. Doing so creates an incentive to reduce emissions without the government directing specific technology adoptions or … Continue Reading In Defense of Picking Winners
Natural gas is being touted as a “game changer” and a “bridge to a low carbon economy.” It is an abundant, made-in-America energy source. It is about half as carbon … Continue Reading Natural gas: Not all it’s fracked up to be?
Blogging is much harder when all government websites I rely on for my morning entertainment are shut down. This past week, mostly due to a few inquiries from reporters, I … Continue Reading Leaking Pet Coke
“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 … Continue Reading Much ado about nothing?