With gasoline prices relatively low — and natural gas supplies holding down electricity prices, at least in the United States — there has never been a better time to introduce progressive climate policies in the form of carbon pricing. Unfortunately, none of us should hold our breath waiting for that to happen.
It's the most wonderful time of the year, which means that New York's most iconic Christmas tree is lit, the rink at Rockefeller Center is busy and the Rockettes are performing. However, few realize the amount of energy that is required to keep building occupants and the tourists walking through the New York sites comfortable and happy.
If the U.S. is to reap the maximum benefits from the development of this resource, whether in manufacturing or in the quality of life of its citizens, it needs coherent federal strategies and partnerships that will build public appreciation of the impacts in all dimensions, and at global, national and local scales.