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Climate Challenge Hinges on Fueling China With Clean and Cheap Energy

Posted March 3, 2011 | 15:45:17 (EST)

I've said it before and I'll say it again: when it comes to the global climate challenge, as goes China, so goes the world.

Driving that aphorism home, co2scorecard.org, a not-for-profit project that closely tracks global greenhouse gas emissions, now reports that China's CO2 emissions increased...

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Media Controversy Over Stimulus-funded Clean Energy Grant Program Lacks Substance

Posted October 22, 2010 | 17:39:33 (EST)

A slew of critical news articles about a clean energy stimulus program have suggested both that the program is a government boondoggle and that the Obama Administration has inflated the number of jobs supported by the program. Both contentions are misleading.

One article published by MSNBC, titled "Hot...

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Brooks: Anti-government Ideology Threatens American Greatness

Posted September 17, 2010 | 15:15:09 (EST)

By Devon Swezey and Jesse Jenkins

It is fashionable these days to paint the government as a useless yet ravenous institution, the expansion of which will turn America into a third world country - or, worse yet, France.

Even the Economist, a respected, moderate publication, has recently taken to...

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White House Report: Stimulus Driving Clean Energy Innovation, Manufacturing, Markets -- But What Comes Next?

Posted August 24, 2010 | 17:54:28 (EST)

Originally published at the Breakthrough Institute

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has funded breakthrough innovation and new growth industries that are driving down the cost of clean energy and building the foundation for competitive 21st century U.S. industries, according to a new White House report released...

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Deutsche Bank's Parker: Senate Clean Energy Policy Failure Driving Investor Exodus

Posted August 13, 2010 | 16:19:58 (EST)

The failure of the U.S. Senate to pass clean energy and climate legislation has caused investment giant Deutsche Bank to take its clean energy dollars elsewhere, according to Kevin Parker, Global Head of Asset Management for the firm.

"They're asleep at the wheel on climate change, asleep at...

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Time to Bury Cap and Trade and Plan Anew

Posted July 23, 2010 | 02:33:59 (EST)

By Jesse Jenkins and Devon Swezey

Cap and trade is dead. Again. For real this time.

Reports put the time of death at 1 P.M. EST, July 22nd, 2010. That is when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid emerged from a meeting of the Democratic Caucus without...

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In Defense of 'Energy-Only'

Posted July 9, 2010 | 20:16:07 (EST)

Over at NRDC, David Doniger writes a last-ditch defense of a diminished, utility-only cap and trade proposal while categorically rejecting any "energy-only" legislation -- e.g. legislation lacking a cap and trade component.

Unfortunately, Doniger, NRDC (and EDF) wind up clinging onto a "cap" on carbon

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With Seconds on the Clock, Democrats May Waste Last Chance for Clean Energy Win

Posted July 1, 2010 | 00:41:34 (EST)

With the final seconds ticking down on the Congressional clock, President Obama and Senate Democrats emerged from a White House summit with Republican moderates Tuesday still lacking any plan to score a last minute win for clean energy.

Wasted opportunity

Establishing a price (any price) on carbon pollution through...

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Clean Energy COMPETES: Strengthening Clean Energy Competitiveness through the America COMPETES Reauthorization

Posted June 4, 2010 | 13:43:12 (EST)

By Jesse Jenkins, Mark Muro, and Rob Atkinson, originally at the New Republic

Having passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 28th, the America COMPETES Act, America's flagship competitiveness legislation, will soon be debated in the U.S. Senate. The Act was originally passed in 2007 in response...

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Clean Energy Jobs Can Be Shipped Overseas (and What to do About it)

Posted April 21, 2010 | 15:06:34 (EST)

Politicians talking about clean energy jobs like to claim "they can't be shipped overseas." From President Obama's State of the Union to Rep. Ed Markey stumping for the climate bill he co-authored with Rep. Henry Waxman, the promise of new "green jobs that pay well and can't be...

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After "Drill, Baby, Drill," Obama Should Embrace Another GOP Energy Plan

Posted April 5, 2010 | 15:20:12 (EST)

By Jesse Jenkins and Yael Borofsky

With President Obama's announcement Wednesday that the Administration would support expanded offshore oil and gas extraction, it's now apparent that price pressures on oil make political pressures on politicians impossible to ignore and that some expansion of offshore drilling is...

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Without Affordable Clean Alternatives, South Africa Turns to Coal

Posted March 23, 2010 | 20:57:18 (EST)

South Africa's finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, has an op-ed in the Washington Post that illustrates the multi-faceted challenges facing developing nations as they struggle to provide the affordable access to modern energy needed to pull citizens out of poverty. The piece highlights the current tension between such objectives...

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Think You Know What a 'Green Job' Is? Think Again

Posted March 10, 2010 | 15:46:03 (EST)

GREEN_JOBS_b.jpgWhen you think 'green jobs,' do you conjure images of green hard hats, caulk guns, and tool belts? Well it might be time to start thinking about 'green' lab beakers, 'green' drafting...
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Penny Wise and Pound Foolish: Why Obama's Symbolic Spending Freeze May Grow the Deficit

Posted February 16, 2010 | 16:54:01 (EST)

With rising anxiety about mounting federal deficits, President Obama declared a freeze on all non-defense discretionary spending in his latest budget proposal. Heavy on symbolism and light on impact, the Administration's proposal attacks all of the areas of the government least responsible for the inexorable increase in...

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The Number That Should Be at the Heart of Copenhagen Climate Talks

Posted December 8, 2009 | 09:25:38 (EST)

Forget 80% by 2050 and 17% by 2020. Time to stop fixating on 450 ppm vs 350 ppm. As UN climate talks kick off today in Copenhagen, Denmark, if you want a number to focus the world's attention on, try this one: $10.5 trillion.

That's the scale of additional investment...

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Rising Tigers, Sleeping Giant -- New Report on Competitiveness in Clean Tech

Posted November 18, 2009 | 16:46:26 (EST)

"Rising Tigers, Sleeping Giant: Asian Nations Set to Dominate Clean Energy Race by Out-Investing the United States," a major new report released today by the Breakthrough Institute and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, is the first to comprehensively benchmark the competitiveness positions of the United States...

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Nation's Leading Universities Draw Bottom Line on Clean Energy R&D Funding in Senate Climate Bill

Posted October 28, 2009 | 23:01:14 (EST)

This is a guest post by Yael Borofsky

The nation's leading research universities are calling on the Senate to ensure dramatically more funding for clean energy R&D in the Senate climate and energy bill, investments they described as necessary to achieve the bill's targeted deep cuts in emissions.

In...

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New Bill's Clean Energy Investments Only a Fraction of Expert Recommendations

Posted October 28, 2009 | 01:43:20 (EST)

The latest draft of the Kerry-Boxer "Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act" would invest less than $10 billion of the bill's nearly $80 billion in annual cap and trade allowance revenue in clean energy technology, assuming EPA-projected allowance prices (note: all figures in 2009 constant dollars).

Over...

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National Institutes of Energy Needed to Fill Energy R&D Gap

Posted October 9, 2009 | 17:34:11 (EST)


Friday factoids time: The U.S. biomedical and pharmaceutical industry invests between 10-20 percent of revenues in R&D and new product development, spending $58.8 billion on R&D in 2007. The U.S. government adds...

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Senator Brown, Leading Energy Think Tanks Push for More Research Investment and New National Institutes of Energy

Posted September 18, 2009 | 02:07:08 (EST)

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and leading DC-based think tank Third Way are the latest political figures to issue a call for significantly increased public investment in clean energy innovation. The Ohio...

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