Posts Tagged ‘carbon limits’

India is looking for its economic rainbow through thick smog

Delhi is choking again. Levels of PM2.5 — fine particulate matter in the air known to cause heart and lung diseases — routinely swing between the “unhealthy” and “hazardous” ranges on the Air Quality Index, with the measurement spiking to an eye-popping 999 on November 27.

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UK election kicks off an uncertain period for energy investors

The UK’s general election kicked off Monday with the official closure of parliament, heralding 38 days of campaigning ahead of the May 7 vote. With clear policy differences between the parties and the polls too-close-to-call, energy investors could be set for an uncertain year ahead.

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Crunch time for EU carbon market reform: time for compromise?

What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object? One answer to this paradox is “nothing” since irresistible forces and immovable objects can’t co-exist. At least not in the real world.

But what happens when the irresistible force is the political will of the European Union to reform its carbon market ahead of global climate talks later this year, and the immovable object is a group of EU member states who are resolutely opposed to higher carbon prices?

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Regulation & Environment: California as a carbon testing ground

In the US, state attempts to cut down on carbon have raised worries about fuel availability, costs and timelines. Herman Wang explains more in this week’s Oilgram News column, Regulation & Environment.

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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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