Temperatures are not Rising over Climate Change except at the IPCC Conference in Paris

SOURCE: http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28870988 Prepare yourself for wailing and gnashing of teeth as the UN International Panel on Climate Change advocates meet in Paris. The Telegraph newspaper article in the UK summed up the Panel’s view: “The world is on course to experience “severe and pervasive” negative impacts from climate change unless it takes rapid action to Read more about Temperatures are not Rising over Climate Change except at the IPCC Conference in Paris[…]

Will California Hit the Cap and Trade Megamillions Jackpot?

And you thought the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32) was all about limiting greenhouse gas emissions, didn’t you?  Think again. There is a brewing fight in Sacramento over how to spend the gold expected to start pouring in when the Golden State starts its carbon cap and trade program.  The original intent of AB32 Read more about Will California Hit the Cap and Trade Megamillions Jackpot?[…]

Regulatory Flexibility

I know, that sounds like oxymoron, but this is an election year and not even the US EPA wants to have too many targets on its back.  So US EPA spews out new rules at a feverish pace fearing that time is running out to do so even while it issues press releases professing new Read more about Regulatory Flexibility[…]

America’s Energy Policy Reality #2: Green (sustainability) = Green (economic growth)

President Obama recently nominated John Bryson to be US Secretary of Commerce.  Bryson is the retired Chairman and CEO of Edison International, the parent company of southern California Edison, the giant utility and merchant energy company.  Bryson has another highlight on his credentials as one of the founders of the Natural Resources Defense Council.  He Read more about America’s Energy Policy Reality #2: Green (sustainability) = Green (economic growth)[…]

Is there a Small Modular Nuke in our Distributed Energy Future?

WANTED: A Small Modular Reactor for our Nuclear Army’s Energy Future If necessity is the mother of invention, the US Department of Defense is one of the world’s best R&D operations because the success of its missions and the safety of our military personnel depend upon it.  Projecting American military power around the world is Read more about Is there a Small Modular Nuke in our Distributed Energy Future?[…]

EU Carbon Tax "Reform" Hits Everyone

The European Commission is proposing a new kind of energy tax to be made applicable across the EU.  The scheme seeks to tax transportation and heating fuels based upon their Btu content and CO2 emissions rather than volume sold.  One argument for this change in approach is that more energy efficient vehicles and growing public Read more about EU Carbon Tax "Reform" Hits Everyone[…]

Prop 23 helps economy says California Legislative Analyst Opinion

California’s independent Legislative Analyst opinion on the costs and benefits of passage of Proposition 23 in the November election were released October 1st.  On balance, the LAO concludes that lower regulatory costs and lower energy prices that can reasonably be expected by suspending AB32 greenhouse gas emissions requirements in California outweigh the downside risks. The Read more about Prop 23 helps economy says California Legislative Analyst Opinion[…]

Climate Change Plan B: Exercise Presidential Authority

“Congress’s inability to cap U.S. carbon emissions contributed to the failure to reach a global climate treaty last year in Copenhagen,” said PCAP Executive Director William Becker. “It now appears that Congress has failed again just months before international negotiators are set to reconvene. “Congress has passed the ball back to President Obama,” Becker said. Read more about Climate Change Plan B: Exercise Presidential Authority[…]

California Sues Feds over PACE

California Attorney General Jerry Brown, also the Democrat candidate for Governor, sued the Federal Government asking the Federal Court to enjoin FAN and FRED from blocking the PACE—property assessed clean energy program.[1] [2] In an action filed July 14th, Brown said that under California law the tax assessments agreed to in the PACE program are Read more about California Sues Feds over PACE[…]

Creating a Cleantech Water Challenge to Replace the California Water Wars

Water has been something to drink and fight over in California and the West since settlers first inhabited this vast dry area.  These stories of the building of the Los Angeles and San Francisco water systems contain enough material to make many Hollywood movies with plenty of roles for both heroes and villains. The reason Read more about Creating a Cleantech Water Challenge to Replace the California Water Wars[…]