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[…]

Is America’s War on Fossil Fuels Even Good Politics?

The conventional wisdom is that the US EPA’s virtual war on fossil fuels especially coal is part of a concerted policy prescription to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save the world from the consequences of global warming, climate crisis or climate change as it has been variously called.  EPA has promulgated rules including the Cross Read more about Is America’s War on Fossil Fuels Even Good Politics?[…]

Climate Pragmatism

Last week saw a return of Al Gore preaching the gospel of climate change.  Meanwhile, Michael Bloomberg gave $50 million to the Sierra Club to help fight for the closure of coal-fired power generation plants.  Then there was the release of a new paper called Climate Pragmatism produced by a diverse group of think tank Read more about Climate Pragmatism[…]

EIX Sticks with Coal

“The Electric power business has the potential to change more in the next 10 years than it did over the last 100 years.”[1] That was the unsurprising statement in the Southern California Edison (EIX) second quarter conference call for investors.  The slide presentation provides an interesting snapshot of SCE’s view of the current markets and Read more about EIX Sticks with Coal[…]

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[…]

Climate Change Hits the Fan

Senate Majority Leader announced that he did not have the 60 votes to pass a climate change bill so the Senate was moving on to other business.  This was not new news, but it set off a food fight among the advocates of Waxman-Markey or variations of it to deal with climate change. The irony Read more about Climate Change Hits the Fan[…]

Will California Voters Suspend AB32 in November ballot?

California will hold a referendum on global warming on its November 2010 ballot—and one on whether to legalize pot for personal use.  Far Out, man!—as Cheech and Chong might say! California Secretary of State certified the proposition to suspend the California Global Warming Solutions Act as qualified for the November General Election ballot with more Read more about Will California Voters Suspend AB32 in November ballot?[…]

Stranger than GHG Fiction: Fifth Circuit Dismisses Comer v Murphy

The great lawyers at Chadborne and Parke LLP published an client alert explaining the May 28, 2010 dismissal of the Comer v. Murphy Oil lawsuit over greenhouse gas emissions because so many of the en banc judges on the court recused themselves they no longer had a majority needed to decide the case. Blame it Read more about Stranger than GHG Fiction: Fifth Circuit Dismisses Comer v Murphy[…]

Only 50/50 Smart Grid Odds of Success

The pace of consolidation among smart grid players is accelerating, but the probability of smart grid success is not getting better as more smart meters are installed. Why? The promise of smart grid is a seamlessly integrated digital electric system that enables the scalable growth of new technology applications to improve efficiency, brings cleaner renewable Read more about Only 50/50 Smart Grid Odds of Success[…]

Energy Alerts from My PG&E Smart Meter

What are Energy Alerts? “The State of California has adopted a policy to encourage energy conservation, where utilities like PG&E charge residential customers on a tiered rate structure. The higher the tier, the more you’re paying for a kilowatt hour of electricity. Using the power of SmartMeter technology, PG&E will be able to alert you Read more about Energy Alerts from My PG&E Smart Meter[…]