Energy Water Nexus Examined

Water use and energy demands are starting to collide, nationally, a crunch that National Renewable Energy Labs (NREL) analysts are studying. Most people don’t recognize that the energy sector is the largest user of water in the nation, withdrawing more of this resource than any other industry. Given the effects of climate change—shifting historical weather and precipitation patterns—water is becoming an …

99.994% of Publishing Climate Scientists Agree – Would You Disagree with this Percentage of Doctors about Your Child’s Health and Future?

James L. Powell, director of the National Physical Sciences Consortium and whistleblower on climate change denial, has a mission to bring media and readers up to date on how many scientists believe people cause climate change. The anthropogenic climate change number is larger than you might think. Dr. Powell has examined titles and abstracts of more than 24,000 peer-reviewed scientific …

How to Blow Smoke on Climate Action, by Luntz and Bush

Get ready to hear conservatives critical of EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) and climate action start using the poll-tested words “technology” and “innovation” over and over and over.  This cross post from Joe Romm of Climate Progress tells you how and why: For instance, Bloomberg BNA just interviewed GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush about the CPP and his own energy, environment and …

Democratic Candidates Set Goals of 50% Renewable Electricity by 2030

Tom Steyer, who spent $74 million on political races in 2014. He announced that for candidates to receive his support in 2016, they must offer policies that would lead the nation to generate half its electricity from clean sources by 2030, and 100 percent by 2050. Former Gov. Martin O’Malley of Maryland, who has made climate change the center of …

Carbon Taxes

As in California and nine Northeast states, CHINA:  Market-based mechanisms are being used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in China. The central government’s 12th Five-Year Plan called for emission trading programs. Since 2013, seven carbon trading pilots have been established, while other jurisdictions are creating voluntary programs or scaling up their efforts in expectation of the launch of a nationwide …

Invest in grid flexibility: “Today’s grid limitations are mostly practical and solvable,” but “there’s no longer any time to waste”

Today’s electrical grids are often burdened with an excess of inflexible baseload plants, operating under rules that encourage their continued use and within markets that fail to properly price flexibility. Transitioning from today’s grids to more nimble, responsive grids with high levels of variable renewable energy (VRE) will require new policies from lawmakers and new technologies from innovators.  In general, …

A Conservative Path Forward to Address Climate Change?

Last month, conservative North Carolina businessman Jay Faison launched a $175 million campaign to persuade Republicans to take climate change seriously. I didn’t think too much of it, but I recently came across the website for ClearPath, Faison’s nonprofit advocacy org, and it’s a really impressive piece of work — accessible but also deep, drawing on serious, nonpartisan sources like …