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Greater Resilience in a Climate-Enhanced World

Author(s): Stephan Dolezalek
Managing Director
Resourcient
Date: November 6, 2017 at 10:30 AM

Struck by fire and flood, first from two hurricanes enhanced by climate change, and then by heat and drought enhanced fires, our urge is to rapidly assist, fix and rebuild. A more thoughtful response should also address what exactly should be fixed, and how and where to rebuild in a more resilient fashion. For Houston, Florida, Puerto Rico, and Napa and Sonoma Counties, these are gut wrenching questions with few easy answers. The typical and very human response — quick rebuilds — is attractive to construction companies looking for work and banks providing short-term construction loans. Politicians and communities like… [more]

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Summary Of California’s Extension Of Its Cap-And-Trade Program

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: August 15, 2017 at 11:17 AM

Full Title: Summary Of California’s Extension Of Its Cap-And-Trade Program Author(s): Jason Ye Publisher(s): Center for Climate and Energy Solutions Publication Date: 08/2017 Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): Market-based policies offer a cost-effective way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by creating financial incentives for covered entities to emit less pollution. Eleven U.S. states and many jurisdictions outside the United States have established market-based programs to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. California was the first multi-sector cap-and-trade program for greenhouse gases in North America. The program was part of a suite of policies aimed at complying with state law AB 32 that… [more]

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What is Next for the Clean Power Plan?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: August 7, 2017 at 11:00 AM

The Clean Power Plan (CPP), the signature piece of environmental regulation from the Obama Administration, is now facing an uncertain future. Following President Trump’s request for a review of the rule and the June 1st announcement that the U.S. will be leaving the Paris agreement, the President is widely expected to eliminate or significantly change the CPP. Review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) typically takes about 60 days, meaning that the review period may be drawing to a close. The CPP has faced criticism from both sides of the aisle, as well as from industry and environmental… [more]

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Making Charlotte a Climate-Ready and Just City

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: August 2, 2017 at 12:26 PM

Full Title: Making Charlotte a Climate-Ready and Just City Author(s): Miranda Peterson Publisher(s): Center for American Progress Publication Date: 08/2017DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT Full Text: ->DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT<- Description (excerpt): When President Donald Trump announced his decision in June 2017 to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement, Mayor Jennifer Roberts of Charlotte, North Carolina, quickly responded, saying, “Climate change is an issue that affects us all, and we do not have time to wait for a new administration.” Volumes of scientific evidence show more extreme heat, drought, wildfires, storms, and floods bearing down on Charlotte’s future. Charlotte has made great gains over… [more]

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Targeting Corporate Climate Risk

Author(s): Sharon Reishus
President
Reishus Consulting, LLC
Date: July 10, 2017 at 10:00 AM

With American federal climate policy in retreat after President Trump announced his intention for the US to withdraw from the Paris Accords, where will climate change activists focus their efforts? While recent announcements coming from local politicians indicate that cities from Portland to Pittsburgh, plus many states, are intent on moving forward with strategies to decarbonize, corporations form a key sector whose willingness to embrace strategies to avoid climate risk matters greatly. Do shareholder activists play a critical role in forcing large businesses, especially those firms holding fossil fuel assets, to acknowledge risks and adopt strategies that directly address climate… [more]

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Three Mile Island: The End of an Era?

Author(s): Dr. Andrew C. Kadak
President
Kadak Associates, Inc.
Date: June 19, 2017 at 11:18 AM

If climate change is considered a real concern by most government officials, why are policy makers and politicians not acting to keep reliably operational nuclear plants from being prematurely shutdown? As most know, nuclear generating plants produce essentially zero carbon dioxide and other climate altering gases. Once the United States had 104 operating nuclear plants producing over 60% of the nation’s clean energy. Today that number is down to 99. Nuclear plants used to generate about 20% of the electricity consumed. Today it is about 17% and declining. The most recently announced shutdown was the Three Mile Island Unit 1… [more]

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A Solar Trade War

Author(s): Elias Hinckley
Partner
KL Gates
Date: June 4, 2017 at 10:00 PM

Last month the International Trade Commission (ITC) agreed to proceed with a trade case filed by the bankrupt solar manufacturing American company Suniva. Suniva has claimed that the current import price for certain photovoltaic solar panels is so low that it was damaging the US manufacturing industry and the only way to protect US manufacturers would be to levy a tariff on panel imports – the result would be to more than double the price of solar panels to $0.78/watt. In order to prove its case, Suniva needs to show that the solar manufacturing industry in the US has been,… [more]

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What are the Implications of Exiting Paris?

Author(s): OurEnergyPolicy.org
Administrator
OurEnergyPolicy.org
Date: May 23, 2017 at 9:00 AM

President Trump is expected to make a decision after the impending G7 summit regarding whether the U.S. will remain a party to the Paris Climate Agreement. For weeks, the President has been formerly considering whether America should withdraw from the Paris Agreement signed in 2015 and ratified by his predecessor, President Obama, last year. Under the Agreement, the U.S. committed to an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) to reduce emissions by 26% to 28% below 2005 levels by 2025. Once in effect, terms of the Agreement state a party cannot withdraw for at least 3 years and must wait an additional… [more]

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Opportunities for Carbon Capture in California

Author(s): Fatima Maria Ahmad
Solutions Fellow
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Date: May 9, 2017 at 11:00 AM

California has demonstrated leadership in setting ambitious goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by setting a target to reduce emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. While California is reducing emissions and expanding clean energy through many means, including a cap-and-trade program, the state appears to be underestimating the effectiveness and readiness of carbon capture technology and how it could help California reach its goal. In consensus comments on the California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) draft 2017 Climate Change Scoping Plan Update, a diverse group of nonprofits (including C2ES); environmental groups; and oil, gas, and ethanol companies outlined… [more]

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A Carbon Dividends Plan

Author(s): Dan Miller
Managing Director
The Roda Group
Date: February 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Climate change poses a threat to the safety and prosperity of America’s and the world’s citizens. Every major scientific academy agrees that global warming is real, is mostly caused by humans, and requires urgent action. The signs of climate change are all around us. For example, the volume of the summer Arctic sea ice has dropped about 70% in the past 30 years and global temperatures have set records for the past 3 years in a row. And while most world leaders and climate scientists agree that we should not let the world warm more than +2ºC, we are on… [more]

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