Category Archives: Climate Change Mitigation

Climate and energy infrastructure: On cumulative impacts of multiple tar sands pipelines

U.S. permits for multiple proposed Canadian tar sands pipelines should be considered in light of an overall climate change strategy, rather than the current practice of considering each energy infrastructure proposal on a project-by-project basis. "The administration’s commitment to aggressive … Continue reading

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Global aviation emissions need regulation 'with teeth'

With the projected continuing significant growth in air traffic and the inadequacy of proposed aviation carbon emissions reductions, new research suggests that civil aviation will become an increasingly significant contributor to global warming unless demand is reduced -- and good luck … Continue reading

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Pushing EPA to regulate aviation greenhouse gas emissions

On August 5, two environmental groups sent notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failure to comply with a court order that would lead toward regulation of greenhouse gas emissions from U.S. aviation. EPA has long delayed … Continue reading

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Deep Decarbonization: Truly facing the climate challenge

The recently released Deep Decarbonization report shows that current government emission reductions commitments fall far short of what is needed to keep the world from warming more than 2 C degrees from preindustrial times. Few countries have analyzed the implications … Continue reading

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Weekend reading on climate change mitigation and fossil-fueled politics

(1) No False Choices: To Preserve a Livable Climate, We Need to Slash Both CO2 and Methane ASAP; (2) Oil Change International Report: Fossil Fuel Production Subsidies Exceed $21 Billion Annually in United States, have increased by 45% under Obama's “All of … Continue reading

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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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