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Columbia University’s new model for pricing carbon will help meet net-zero climate change goals

An article released today by researchers at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy in the journal Nature Climate Change introduces a new approach for pricing carbon — Near-term to Net Zero. As policymakers and advocates increasingly focus on net-zero emissions by midcentury, the Near-term to Net Zero approach is a method of setting carbon prices that could […]

August 19th

We have NO IDEA how bad the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic will be

Josh Bivens at the liberal-leaning Economic Policy Institute writes that, even with a moderate fiscal stimulus, the coronavirus pandemic could cost 3 million jobs by summer. That’s based on Goldman Sachs’ prediction of a 1.25% economic contraction for the first half of 2020. Meanwhile, Bloomberg reported Tuesday afternoon that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has warned Republican senators the economic impacts could […]

March 19th

California’s cap-and-trade gets mixed review from Citizens Climate Lobby

On Monday, the California legislature passed a bill to extend its cap-and-trade program until 2030. The program “requires companies to buy permits to release greenhouse gases into the atmosphere,” reported the LA Times, and “provid[es] a key tool for meeting the state’s ambitious goal for slashing emissions.” By Citizens’ Climate Lobby But the legislation, known as […]

July 18th

Cap and Trade 101

A cap is a limit on pollution defined by a government: so a government legally defines how much of a pollutant companies can produce. If they produce more, they have to pay fines. The polluting companies are assigned credits by the government as well. If they are polluting too much and won’t stop, they can buy credits from […]

February 29th

Clean Air Act — 10 Impacts

Many of the benefits from the Clean Air Act of 1963 and again 1970 & 1990, unsurprisingly, are related to reductions in air pollution. Emissions across the nation decreased by 69% for particles, ozone, lead, carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide. Between 1980 and 2014, air pollution concentrations improved for: lead by 98% carbon monoxide […]

February 29th

An Open Letter To SEIA: Let Us Help

  Dear SEIA: First of all, let me say how much I admire the work you do. You are facing an uphill battle on the political front, trying to convince an intransigent Congress of the  value of solar to the U.S. economy and why they should extend the ITC beyond 2016. I do not envy […]

March 3rd

IOUs Ransom Solar in Washington

By Chip Martin, RGB Contributor Utilities in Washington State are making the most of the desperation gripping the solar industry there, dangling the promise of an extended rebate program for the small price of the most fundamental solar policy – net metering — and with it, the industry’s future stability. While one would think the local […]

January 28th

What President Obama SHOULD Say About Solar In The SOTU

By Frank Andorka, RGB Contributor All eyes will be on the House of Representatives tonight … oh, who am I kidding? Viewership for the State of the Union have been falling for years, and I’m fairly certain this year won’t be any different. I’m thinking it’s because the state of the union is always strong and […]

January 20th

Five States That Made Anti-Solar Efforts in 2014

As solar panel technology improves, it becomes increasingly less expensive for homeowners to install their own panels and go off the grid. That’s great news for a lot of home owners across the United States. Or, it would be, but for the efforts of states and power companies passing anti-solar rules, which make consumers pay a […]

January 6th

Can’t We Get A Restraining Order Against Xcel Already?

By Chip Martin, Special to RGB In the 1987 thriller Fatal Attraction, Glen Close’s delightfully insane stalker character Alex Forrest famously proclaimed to her victim Dan (Michael Douglass), “I WILL NOT BE IGNORED, DAN!” Alex, you have nothing on Xcel Energy. You remember Xcel Energy, right? That charming Minneapolis company that is suing city council […]

July 1st

Desperation, Is Thy Name Xcel Energy?

By Chip Martin, Special To RGB About 10 days ago, I wrote about the exciting push toward municipalization in Colorado, and how the citizens there were working to free themselves from the yoke of Xcel Energy oppression.  As I wrote then (at the risk of seeming self-reverential): Despite mouthing public platitudes about how much it […]

June 9th