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  • Report from United Nations Climate Conference: Heckling the Hecklers

    December 11, 2018
    Katowice, Poland—“Le temps est mauvais,” an African delegate told a colleague as they wrapped themselves up against the early evening chill. The weather wasn’t as leaden and directionless as inside the twenty-fourth Conference of the Parties (COP-24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
  • How Realistic Is National Climate Assessment's Worst Case Scenario?

    December 6, 2018
    How realistic is the National Climate Assessment’s worst-case emissions scenario? A report released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Tuesday sheds some interesting if inadvertent light on that question.
  • Latest Bipartisan Carbon Tax Folly

    November 30, 2018
    On Tuesday, November 27th, Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL), Francis Rooney (R-FL), John K. Delaney (D-MD), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), and Charlie Crist (D-FL) introduced H.R. 7173, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act (EICDA). The bill would tax greenhouse gas emissions and return the net revenue in rebates to U.S. households.
  • National Climate Assessment Still Needs a Reset

    November 30, 2018
    The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) released Volume II of its Fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4) report last week on November 23rd. Volume I, published in 2017, claims to present the “foundational science” of climate change. Volume II claims to present “the human welfare, societal, and environmental elements of climate change and variability for 10 regions and 18 national topics.” The big takeaways are the same as in previous iterations of the NCA.
  • Air Conditioning—Treating a Public Health Benefit As a Threat

    November 29, 2018
    A study by the International Energy Agency predicts that billions more people around the world will own an air conditioner by 2050. This is great news, but the study cast this trend in negative terms because it will lead to greater electricity use and thus increased greenhouse gas emissions. Some climate activists have even proposed policies that may keep air conditioning out of reach for many of the world’s poor. Yet, the benefits of air conditioning are hard to overstate.
  • The Montreal Protocol—Did it Really Make a Difference?

    November 9, 2018
    An executive summary of the latest scientific compendium on ozone depletion, the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion: 2018 is now out. The report was released in conjunction with the major meeting of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol), currently underway in Quito, Ecuador. 
  • Judge Blocks Keystone XL Pipeline

    November 9, 2018
    Montana federal judge Brian Morris ruled on November 8th that the State Department and TransCanada Corporation must discontinue all efforts to construct or operate the Keystone XL Pipeline until the Department has completed a supplement to its 2014 Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) that complies fully with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Administrative Procedure Act (APA).
  • What Do the Midterms Mean for Carbon Taxes?

    November 9, 2018
    Washington State’s Initiative 1631 to establish a “carbon emissions fee” went down in flames Tuesday with opponents outvoting supporters by 56 to 44 percent.
  • U.S. Officials Wary of United Nations Ozone Treaty Negotiations in Ecuador

    November 7, 2018

    The 30th meeting of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) is being held in Quito Ecuador through November 9th. This 1987 United Nations treaty banned a number of compounds widely used in refrigeration and air conditioning on the grounds that they leak into the air and contribute to depletion of the earth’s ozone layer.

  • Infrastructure in Divided Congress Must Include Regulatory, Permitting Reforms

    November 7, 2018

    Even before the results were in, the election-night talking heads were speculating on what, if anything, congressional Democrats and Republicans can agree on and get done. Several offered up infrastructure as one example. No doubt, a bipartisan 2019 infrastructure bill is entirely possible, but there are philosophical differences on how to go about it that need to be addressed before any real progress is made.


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