Posts Tagged ‘carbon limits’

How the Obama administration might go about putting a price on carbon

The Obama administration is trying to accomplish what Congress has been unable or unwilling to do: put a price on carbon.

Many environmentalists view putting a dollar figure on carbon dioxide emissions as a key step in reducing greenhouse gas emissions whether through a tax or a market based cap-and-trade program.

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Needing a better thesaurus for energy reporters

I consider myself an environmentalist. 

I don’t have a family or a job or hobby requiring a big vehicle, so I drive a Honda Civic, and the back is always filled with assorted re-usable bags to tote around groceries. I recycle and try to remind my husband, also an energy journalist, to put the beer bottles in the recycling bin and not the trash.

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“All of the above” energy policy includes cow dung

Republicans in Congress have been blunt in their assessment of the Obama administration’s renewable energy policies: they are a pile of manure.

But Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday earlier this week that manure could be just the solution to some of the county’s energy woes.

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A very large world thinks wind and solar take the easiest hit on a wallet

Everybody knows that coal provides the cheapest electricity in the US and that renewables have a ways to go before they can be cost-competitive without subsidies.

Or do they?

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Regulation & the Environment: Australian coalseam gas comes under scrutiny

Coalseam gas has been a growing source of supply for Australia, but it’s about to come under a new level of scrutiny. It’s not just coalseam gas; the Australian government is looking at coal as well. Christine Forster writes about it in this week’s Oilgram News column, Regulation & the Environment.

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Does EPA’s carbon rule make it easier or harder for utilities to plan?

Now that the Environmental Protection Agency has proposed a regulation describing just what new coal and natural gas power plants must be like with respect to carbon dioxide emissions, one might think utilities and plant developers would have an easier time with long-range planning. The rule might deliver the certainty that executives always say they’re looking for. 

But it’s not necessarily so.

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California’s LCFS no longer giving a hometown discount to state’s oil

There’s no such thing as a short document regarding the California Low Carbon Fuel Standard. If the LCFS was a software program, it would have several million lines of code.

What’s surprising about the LCFS is that it’s out there looming over the California market, and by extension, other markets, and there are far more unkowns about it than knowns.

So based on meetings The Barrel had in Sacramento earlier this month, here are a few things to bring you up-to-date, while trying to do it in less than those few million lines:

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CERA, day 3… power day: a running blog

And now we’re into electric power on this day at CERA, where electric power is the focus. But that inevitably brings in discussion of the things that produce that power.

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Petrodollars: Canada’s move on Kyoto doesn’t mean clear sailing for oil sands

Canada’s official exit from the Kyoto treaty — an act undertaken by one of the pact’s biggest public supporters — could be seen as a significant win for the oil sands industry. But that sector is facing a host of other issues, including rising costs. Platts correspondent Gary Park, in this week’s Oilgram News column “Petrodollars,” reviews the landscape.

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Flying into Europe now comes with a carbon cost; maybe that’s a boon for airlines

In discussing the inclusion of airlines in the EU Emissions Trading System, which started January 1, here are a few numbers to consider:

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