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Whitehall’s Fracking Science Failure

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:07:24 +0000

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The issue here is about science and uncertainty. So first, What is ‘science’? It is a process for how we find, measure and then evaluate the real world in order to identify how it works. The problem is, particularly for contentious debates in the media and politics, that we seldom hear about the degree of confidence attached to scientific findings, or the uncertainties that surround them.

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Is Renewable Energy a Commons?

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:15:25 +0000

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Is energy a mere commodity, or is it a common good? Why is this relevant in the first place? Here we look at why energy is part of our commons, from the sources to the product itself.

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The Carbon Code: Imperfect Answers to Impossible Questions

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:13:56 +0000

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“How can we reconcile our desire to save the planet from the worst effects of climate change with our dependence on the systems that cause it? How can we demand that industry and governments reduce their pollution, when ultimately we are the ones buying the polluting products and contributing to the emissions that harm our shared biosphere?”

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The Case for Phasing out Alberta’s Tar Sands

Tue, 23 May 2017 10:17:31 +0000

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Proponents call them oil sands while opponents call them tar sands. Whatever they’re called, Alberta’s bitumen reserves are so massive, James Hansen warns that it could be game over for the world’s climate if all are extracted and burned.

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Storage is the ‘Holy Grail’ of the Energy Transition – or is it?

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:25:31 +0000

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However, determining whether storage can indeed solve the problem of intermittency of wind or solar requires assessing the ‘energetic productivity’ of using energy storage in combination with variable renewables.

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Can Renewables Power the World?

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:41:50 +0000

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If you’ve heard that the net energy of renewables is too low to run society, and that as a result the renewable energy transition is destined to fail…then you need to listen to this interview with net energy researcher Rembrandt Koppelaar and check out his new research. His findings will probably surprise you.

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#PUTAPRICEONIT: Combating Climate Change through Carbon Taxation

Wed, 17 May 2017 11:23:25 +0000

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Carbon taxes are witnessing a huge uptick in attention. The advent of the Trump era is causing clean energy and climate defenders to pursue alternative policy priorities to those of the Obama era.

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Can the US Legally Weaken its Paris Agreement Climate Pledge?

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:14:33 +0000

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The Paris Agreement on climate change is designed to weather the peaks and troughs of political commitment, over time and from country to country, while ensuring that ambition ratchets inexorably upwards over time.

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Are Solar and Wind Really Killing Coal, Nuclear and Grid Reliability?

Mon, 15 May 2017 12:37:01 +0000

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So, are wind and solar killing coal and nuclear? Yes, but not by themselves and not for the reasons most people think. Are wind and solar killing grid reliability? No, not where the grid’s technology and regulations have been modernized. In those places, overall grid operation has improved, not worsened.

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Breaking New Ground in Economic Theory

Thu, 11 May 2017 12:14:44 +0000

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Professor Steve Keen may be the first mainstream economist to address a fatal flaw in economic theory: omitting or minimizing the role of energy. Keen has developed a production formula incorporating energy, not as one factor of production along with capital and labor, but as the indispensable flow activating both.

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The Problem of Mexico’s Oil and Trump’s Wall

Thu, 11 May 2017 12:14:05 +0000

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What do you do if you are running out of oil, and your neighbour’s President, who has plenty of oil, seems to hate you? The answer is that you develop a renewable-powered economy as fast as you can.

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