Category: United States

ExxonMobil Climate & Carbon Risk Reports

At the tail end of last month, on the same day that Part 2 of the UN IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report was released to the public, ExxonMobil also published a pair of climate and carbon risk reports undermining the fact

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How Industries Fit In: Energy Efficiency Report Part II

Please click here to access part I of the Industrial sector’s overview. In order to address these recent developments in the industrial sector, we propose the following recommendations which target industrial emissions abatement potential and specific barriers towards abatement: Governments

How Industries Fit In: Energy Efficiency Report Part I

As preparation for our Major Economies and Climate Change Research presentation, I will be providing a brief overview of industry’s share of emissions within the energy efficiency sector. Specifically, these two posts will discuss the chemical, iron and steel, and

The Future of Rail in The United States

The United States is at a crossroads in terms of its relationship with rail as a viable transportation option. With road traffic contributing to the vast majority of transportation emissions in the United States, there is no time like the

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Why the Dream of Clean, Cheap, and Distributed Electricity is so Difficult to Achieve

The citizens of Austin, Texas have touted the capital as a “green city” and the city council adopted a Climate Protection Program in 2012 toward that end. One of the plan’s 5 major goals was to reduce energy use by

International Transport Part 1: Territorial and Consumption Emissions and the Global Race to the Bottom

Maritime, aviation and land-based traffic due to trade and commerce and tourism compose the moving facade of international transport, one of the fastest growing sources for GHG emissions globally. In fact, though international transport describes the interaction of two or

The Dirty Dozen: The Failure of Supermarkets to do Their Part

As Thanksgiving approaches, we are all reminded to be thankful for what we have.  Supermarkets should use this time to take a look at their commitments and take steps to improve their past (in)actions.  Nearly three years ago on Thanksgiving

Beyond Renewable Fuel Standards

In the last post on this subject—RFS: Reconsidering Fuel Standards? —the possibility of new alternative fuels emerging that can compete with fossil fuels was briefly introduced. Due to the controversy surrounding renewable fuel standards, specifically whether they drive up food

County Council Election in Washington State to Determine Future of Global Coal Industry

UPDATE: “Anti-coal” candidates sweep election – http://blog.seattlepi.com/seattlepolitics/2013/11/05/bad-news-for-big-coal-in-whatcom-county/ One of the most fiercely contested U.S. elections this November is taking place in Whatcom County, Washington. On November 5, Whatcom county voters will go to the polls and elect four of the seven

Introduction to the Smart Grid, Pt. 1

Here at the University of Texas, we are hosting one of our nation’s smart grid research groups, The Pecan Street Project.  I had the chance to hear members of the team present a couple of times recently, and the work

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