Category Archives: Climate Change Mitigation

A huge deal: Exxon agrees to evaluate the "stranded asset" risk of climate action

Exxon's agreement to discuss in their financial filings the risk of their assets being stranded by climate policy is a huge deal, marking a milestone in the climate policy battle, writes climate and energy analyst Jonathan Koomey. "The financial markets … Continue reading

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More on why Keystone XL is not in the national or global interest

The State Department's Keystone XL tar sands pipeline environmental impact statement doesn’t include any scenario in which the U.S. comes anywhere close to meeting the Obama administration's climate goals, Peter Sinclair at Climate Crocks points out. The study fails to disclose that … Continue reading

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Comment to State Department on Keystone XL pipeline "National Interest Determination"

Secretary Kerry already knows the answer to the question of whether granting a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline is in the national interest: the pipeline is not in the U.S. interest and it is not in the global interest. Climate … Continue reading

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Reducing greenhouse gas pollution is the cheapest path in a warming world

Bloomberg's coverage of the leaked draft summary of the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report on climate change mitigation was misleading in several respects. The article tilted its conclusion toward inaction, by ignoring many benefits from mitigation and leaving many harmful impacts … Continue reading

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Moving White House regulatory review away from political roadblocks

Are we seeing a shift in Obama's priorities away from using the regulatory review process to avoid picking fights with special interests? It appears that, under the new administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, the backlog … Continue reading

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Koomey: Moving beyond benefit-cost analysis of climate change

Jonathan Koomey's method of ‘working forward toward a goal’, based on analyzing the cost-effectiveness of achieving a normatively defined warming target, is an insightful alternative approach to thinking about the climate change problem that avoids serious limitations of conventional benefit-cost analysis. This … Continue reading

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Clean energy: Learning by doing only happens if we DO!

A policy of aggressive deployment of low-emission energy technologies is the path most likely to help the world meet its climate objectives, argues Jonathan Koomey, author of Cold Cash, Cool Climate: Science-based Advice for Ecological Entrepreneurs. Koomey says it's misguided to think that clean … Continue reading

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What does Obama mean by "Sustainable Energy"?

"The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult," President Obama said in his second Inaugural Address on January 21.  "But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it." What is the President thinking of when … Continue reading

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Wind back in the sails for wind energy tax credit

The Governors' Wind Energy Coalition, a bipartisan group of 23 state governors dedicated to enhancing the development of wind energy in the U.S., has called on Congress to adopt the Wind Energy Production Tax Credit, scheduled to expire at the … Continue reading

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Aviation and climate change: flying blind

A recent federal court hearing on regulation of greenhouse gases from aviation went unnoticed by the media. In a small federal courtroom in Washington, DC, on November 1, a legal battle was being waged between Earthjustice, representing a coalition of … Continue reading

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