For Oil Industry, Clean Air Fight Was Dress Rehearsal for Climate Denial: Through the Smoke and Fumes Committee, industry blurred the science surrounding air pollution and worked to forestall unwanted regulation

By Neela Banerjee (former Moscow correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, for Inside Climate News, 6 May 2016 Caltech scientist Arie Haagen-Smit (pictured) discovered in the early 1950s that oil was the cause of the dangerous smog shrouding L.A. Industry then conducted its own research to discredit Haagen-Smit’s findings and manufacture doubt around the link between oil and smog. It …

IEA World Energy Outlook 2017 describes shift to solar

14 Nov 2017 by Joshua S Hill on Clean Technica The International Energy Agency published its annual World Energy Outlook report this week in which it describes “A world in transformation” defined by four large-scale shifts currently underway in the global energy system, led by the “rapid deployment and falling costs of clean energy technologies.” Each year the International Energy Outlook (IEA) publishes its flagship …

Historical GHG emissions, responsibility

Figures from the World Resources Institute show the top 10 nations as measured by their cumulative emissions between 1850 and 2007. The US tops the list by a wide margin – though Chinese emissions have risen significantly since these data were assembled. 1. US: 339,174 MT or 28.8% 2. China: 105,915 MT or 9.0% 3. Russia: 94,679 MT or 8.0% 4. Germany: …

Shifting Tides Could Strand 25% Of Global Oil Refining Capacity By 2035

Ttransport fuels such as diesel, gasoline, and jet fuel, which accounts for 70% of industry refinery probability. This is even more problematic because transport fuels are the most profitable, but are similarly the most at risk due to the rate of technological change in road transport. The report concludes that, in order to maintain a 75% utilization rate, there must …

City framework for deep decarbonization. How much do citizens, businesses and municipal government spend on fossil fuels every year, where it goes and what it could otherwise fund if it were instead invested in the city’s clean energy future

USDN and Carbon Neutral Cities Alliance Framework for Long-Term Deep Carbon Reduction Planning A core function of CNCA is to facilitate other cities’ understanding of how leading-edge cities are planning for long-term deep carbon reductions, and enable cities to take a more robust, consistent, equitable and comprehensive approach to carbon neutral planning and implementation. In 2015, we developed a streamlined Deep Carbon …

A closer look at carbon taxes in/for the U.S. and Canada and what could work

An essay on the subject by Mark Jaccard of Simon Fraser University on Policy Options: When asked which climate policy in Canada reduced the most CO2 emissions over the last decade, many people guess BC’s well-publicized carbon tax. They’re wrong. It was Ontario’s ban on coal-fired power, which reduced annual emissions by 25 megatonnes (MT). Surely, then, BC’s carbon tax must have …

The US Is Paying Big Oil to Keep Fossil Fuels Profitable: Subsidies are keeping “zombie energy” alive

By Stephen Leahy, 3 Oct 2017, on Motherboard  Image: Bureau of Land Management/Flickr ‘Zombie oil’ that ought to stay in the ground is kept alive thanks to federal and state governments in the US feeding it billions of dollars. This is oil consumers don’t need, and that oil companies therefore wouldn’t touch without these subsidies, a new analysis published in Nature …

Corruption Pipeline: How Pipeline Builders Win Big, Whether More Gas Is Needed or Not

Close corporate relationships between pipeline builders and gas buyers are allowing companies to reap higher profits while locking in emissions for years to come. By Phil McKenna, Inside Climate News, 3 Aug 2017 The real fight over America’s energy future isn’t in coal, despite the Trump administration’s public focus on a mining revival. Rather, dozens of pipeline projects, making up …