Robots Making Solar Cheaper?

Renewable Energy

There are a few complaints that exist when it comes to renewable energy sources and solar in particular, including its intermittency, but one of the greatest hurdles is the costs associated with it.   

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Fracking Farmers

ClimateFuels & TransportationRenewable Energy

We’ve all seen those commercials lately, showcasing a friendly farmer named Keith enjoying his land while vocalizing his support for natural gas production (all with a heartwarming tune playing in the background).  These advertisements, paid for by America’s Natural Gas Alliance (ANGA), point to this idea that farms are struggling, especially those that are small and family owned.  For some, ANGA pushes natural gas as a

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Plugging Up the Carbon Leak: Fossil Fuel Exports and Domestic Climate Policy

ClimateFuels & Transportation

The International Panel on Climate Change (“IPCC”) defines carbon leakage as the “the increase in CO2 emissions outside the countries taking domestic mitigation action divided by the reduction in the emissions of these countries.” In other words, carbon leakage is the percentage of increase in foreign emissions caused by domestic efforts to reduce emissions.

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Biofuels Credit Market Debacle

ClimateFuels & Transportation

Recent articles have revealed fuel industry suspicions that private investment firms and banks are purchasing credits known as Renewable Identification Number

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Patents Preventing Progress?

Climate

For years the debate in international climate circles has been that the developed countries are asking developing countries to not do what they did, pollute in the name of progress. A subsection of that debate is that developed countries have far better green technologies but are not sharing because of fear of intellectual property rights being violated. This causes a strange conflict since the developed countries are in essence protecting their green technologies from those who could profit from them the most.

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The Canadian Floods: A Free Market Case for Distributed Generation

ClimateCommunity Energy

The widespread power outages caused by recent flooding in Calgary and the ongoing flash flooding in Toronto present cause for reevaluating how our communities consume, produce and distribute electricity. For two weeks Calgary’s downtown core (home to Canada’s biggest energy players) was shut down as a result of the June Alberta floods.

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Global Free Trade in Environmental Goods and Services

ClimateRenewable Energy

On Tuesday, June 25, 2013 President Obama delivered a speech referring to climate change deniers as the meeting of the Flat Earth Society.  While he acknowledges climate change as a global problem, Obama also recognizes America’s role as a leader.  An intriguing statement from his speech was a clue into what he plans for the future:

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Supreme Court Expands Takings Test in Koontz

Community Energy

Legal and policy conversations last week focused primarily on the Supreme Court’s unfortunate ruling that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional, and its historic rulings in two cases that expanded gay rights.

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U.S. Department of Defense- Reducing our Carbon Boot Print with SPIDERS

Energy EfficiencyRenewable Energy

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is the single largest consumer of energy in the nation.  Energy security correlates with international security which is fundamentally an issue of national security.  It’s only natural that the DOD has invested in alternative fuels, storage and microgrids.  Additionally, the federally funded DOD has much more spending power than individual states.

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Solar Hot Water Heaters in China: A low-tech, simple, clean, and affordable solution

ClimateEnergy EfficiencyRenewable Energy

Wading through the streets in most major cities in China you will likely see fixtures resembling radiators attached to the roofs and sides of residential buildings.

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