Jordan Gerow
Energy and Climate Law Advisor

What Would a Carbon Deal Cost in Political Horse Trading?

Climate

Don’t expect it to gain much traction, but Senate Democrats put forward a politically interesting package this week when they proposed what some are calling a “choose-your-own-adventure” carbon tax. The plan really sets forth a series of options on how to implement a carbon tax, how much to charge, and where to put the money once they have it.

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Kathryn Hough
Student Researcher

Renewable Energy Solutions as a Middle Ground in New York's Fracking Debate

Energy EfficiencyRenewable Energy

The following is based on an article found in Science Daily, published on March 12, 2013.

A new study conducted by scientists at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, the Percourt Institute for Energy, Cornell University, and the University of California, Davis proposes a plan to convert New York state’s all-purpose energy infrastructure to a system that relies entirely on wind, water and solar (WWS).

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Jordan Gerow
Energy and Climate Law Advisor

As the Developing World Catches Up, Capping US Carbon Consumption Won't Be Enough

Climate

Let’s start with some little known facts: first, US energy consumption per capita has essentially been flat since 1970 (if you’re curious, see here, here, and here). That’s a big deal. Our country’s moderate growth in total energy consumption since then has been linked to population.

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Off to a Good Start: Leaders of Government Promise to Tackle Climate Change

ClimateFuels & Transportation

The 2013 year is off to a good start for the talk on climate change.  Last month, Governor Cuomo of New York and President Obama both focused greatly on climate change in New York’s State of the State and the Presidential Inaugural Address

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Jackson Morris
Director of Strategic Engagement

Power Companies, Environmental Groups Commend Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States for Strengthened Climate Change Program

Climate

RGGI states release a new Model Rule to drive greater reductions in CO2 emissions from power plants in the region and increase investments in clean energy

 

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Franz Litz
Executive Director

Driving a Fuel-Efficient Car Makes Economic and Environmental Sense

ClimateFuels & Transportation

The numbers are in for March auto sales and lo and behold, electric vehicles and gas-electric hybrid vehicles had their biggest month ever. According to the Associated Press, consumers bought a record 52,000 gas-electric hybrids and electric vehicles in March, up from 34,000 a year ago. The higher numbers come –not coincidentally—as gasoline prices return to around $4 a gallon.

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Franz Litz
Executive Director

Loading the Dice for Warmer Weather

Climate

Today Dr. James Hansen, the well known American climate scientist, will accept the prestigious Edinburgh Medal for his work on climate change science. The Edinburgh Medal is awarded each year to a person of science whose professional achievements are judged to have made a significant contribution to the understanding and well-being of humanity. Dr. Hansen will reportedly use the occasion to talk about climate change as a moral issue of unprecedented scale.

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