I used to spend the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve with my in-laws in Portland, OR. A couple years ago, it snowed for two days straight, and the … Continue Reading Good Energy Reading for the Beach?
Some of us occasionally feel the urge to turn off the kitchen/porch/office light as our small step towards addressing global climate change. A Berkeley PhD student – Gavin McCormick – … Continue Reading Want to Schedule Your Electricity Use to Reduce Pollution? Here’s How
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?
With yesterday’s historical release of the EPA’s new carbon emissions policy, I took an extra day to comb through and digest the news. I have organized my intermediate microeconomics class … Continue Reading The Yoga Theorem
I have read a number of news stories about air pollution in the major Chinese cities recently. A soupy smog of particulates, ozone, sulfur and nitrogen oxides hangs over Beijing, … Continue Reading Will Smog in China Spur Climate Solutions?
Ever since I can remember, a rough but useful rule of thumb to describe the sources of U.S. electricity generation is that 50% comes from coal-fired plants, 20% comes from … Continue Reading A Sea Change in U.S. Generation
Southern Nevada, where I vacationed recently during my kids’ spring break, provides a stroll (actually, 75 MPH drive) through U.S. electric power generation history. First, there’s Hoover Dam, the nearly … Continue Reading The Lunch Table: More than Just Casinos in Southern Nevada