Category: United States

The Case for Regionally Targeted Renewable Energy Subsidies

Apparently, where you build renewables matters more than how much capacity you build. According to the results of a 2013 paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the amount of carbon dioxide, SO2, NOx, and PM2.5 displaced

The Solar Grove

All-Electric Vehicles (EVs), while great in theory, face a lot of challenges: Driving range: Most EVs can only go about 100–200 miles before recharging—gasoline vehicles can go over 300 miles before refueling. Recharge time: Fully recharging the battery pack can

U.S. State & Regional Level Climate Policies

The United States has a number of initiatives as well as local, state, and federal policies, established to regulate the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.  Due to the decentralized nature of the country’s governmental structure, efforts at mitigation tend to vary

Climate Change Messaging in the United States

Climate change communication in the US has always been poor.  The media has repeatedly shied away from covering this rather topical issue, and when it does turn its attention to climate change, it is usually under the influence of someone

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U.S. Federal Regulation of Power Plant Emissions under the Clean Air Act

The United States’ transport and energy production sectors are the nation’s key sources of emissions.  Together they produce well over one half of the country’s greenhouse gases. As a result, the majority of climate policies that the U.S. currently has

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A Closer Look at the Global Nuclear Industry

In 2009, Rocky Mountain Institute chief scientist Amory Lovins declared “Nuclear power is continuing its decades-long collapse in the global marketplace because it’s grossly uncompetitive, unneeded, and obsolete”. Mr. Lovin’s further reiterated this point in his 2011 book Reinventing Fire.

Courts Rule in Favor of Tighter EPA Standards

In a major victory for the Obama Administration, the Supreme Court has issued a series of landmark decisions on several EPA standards which will determine the future of the U.S. energy production sector. In June 2013, President Barack Obama outlined

Unpacking Land-related Emissions Abatement Potential (Part 1: Agriculture)

As mentioned in an earlier post, our analysis of the McKinsey Abatement Cost Curve suggests greenhouse gas emission levels worldwide from forestry and agriculture could fall to 10.68 GtCO2e by 2030, a 29% reduction from projected business as usual (BAU)

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China’s Airpocalypse: It Affects You (Americans)

Just when Americans think China’s pollution cannot get any worse, it is making headlines again. Except this time, it is getting a little closer to home. A report by the University of California Irvine reveals China’s pollution is traveling across

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Remember this?

Just a friendly reminder/blast-from-the-past, brought to you by the U.S. Country Group.

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