Category Archives: Energy

Lomborg’s Senate testimony

by Judith Curry

Because   there   is   no   good, cheap   green   energy,   the   almost   universal  political  choices   have   been   expensive   policies   that   do   very   little. There   is   much   greater   scope   for   climate   policies to   make   the   total   climate   cost   greater   through  the   21st   century. – Bjorn Lomborg

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U.S. climate policy discussion thread

by Judith Curry

On Monday, Obama’s administration will announce major new policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Coal and the IPCC

by Dave Rutledge

Now that Working Group 3 has put its chapters on line, all six thousand pages of the IPCC’s 5th Assessment Report have arrived. Coal is the specter that looms.

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The folly of corn ethanol

by Judith Curry

I don’t know whether I can make the environmental argument, or the economic argument” – Tom Vilsack

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Impacts of China’s hydropower boom

by Judith Curry

China is engaged in a push to build hydroelectric dams on a scale unprecedented in human history. While being touted for producing lower-emission electricity, these massive dam projects are wreaking havoc on river systems across China and Southeast Asia. – Charlton Lewis

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Big(ger) coal

by Judith Curry

China has no alternative to coal, with its domestic gas output limited and liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports more costly than coal. – William Durbin

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Conflicts between climate and energy priorities

by Judith Curry

The world’s poor need more than a token supply of electricity.  The goal should be to provide the power necessary to boost productivity and raise living standards.  – Morgan Brazilian and Roger Pielke Jr.

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World’s Energy Appetite Growing

by Judith Curry

[W]orld energy consumption will grow by 56 percent between 2010 and 2040. – EIA

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Why progressives should love a carbon tax

by Ed Dolan

. . . and why not all of them do.

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An energy model for the future, from the 12th century

by Judith Curry

So, are you wondering what we can learn about energy policy from the 12th century?

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Tilting at windmills in Germany

by Judith Curry

The wheels are falling off of Germany’s green energy revolution. – Walter Mead

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‘All-of-the-above’ approach to energy policy

The U.S. energy revolution is not confined to a single fuel or technology: oil and gas production, renewable energy, and fuel-efficient automobile technologies all show great promise. To best position the country for the future, U.S. leaders should capitalize on all these opportunities rather than pick a favorite; the answer lies in ‘most of the above.’ – Michael Levi

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What are the factors contributing to the reduction in U.S. carbon emissions?

by Judith Curry

The U.S. was the largest emitter carbon dioxide (CO2) until 2006 when China’s emissions exceeded the U.S.  U.S. CO2 emissions from the consumption of fossil fuels peaked in 2007 and have declined significantly over the past five years.  – John Miller

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IEA Facts and Fictions

by Rud Istvan and Brandon Shollenberger

Comments on the previous Climate Etc post on Maggio and Cacciola’s paper, When will oil, natural gas, and coal peak? motivated an analysis of the World Energy Outlook produced annually by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

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Another Hockey Stick

by Rud Istvan

Fossil fuel availability affects how much CO2 will be emitted, which might or might not affect climate much. Hubbert’s 1956 insight suggests total peak oil is near (around 2020), and that gas and coal will peak by midcentury.

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Limits(?) of green energy: is the Earth f_ked?

by Judith Curry

Whether the benefits of alternative energy outweigh its drawbacks depends on the policy context. – Ed Dolan

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The Myth of Affordable Energy – Interview with Ed Dolan

by James Stafford of Oilprice.com

We were fortunate enough to speak with the well known economist Ed Dolan on various energy and economic issues.

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Making Scotland the Green Energy Capital of Europe

by James Stafford

Reposted with permission from oilprice.com.

We were fortunate enough to have some time with Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond where we discussed a broad range of topics from Scotland’s ambitious renewable energy targets and North Sea oil & gas to Scottish independence and Donald Trump.

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Energy supplies and climate policy

by David Rutledge

Judy Curry has provided a remarkable forum for climate science and policy, and I appreciate the opportunity to continue the discussion on energy supplies that Rutt Bridges started with his post Wednesday on natural gas. In this post, I will consider the limited impacts of climate policy on fossil-fuel production and discuss ways to estimate fossil-fuel production in the long run.

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The Future of Natural Gas

by Rutt Bridges

Let me start by admitting that the future of natural gas is especially difficult to predict. Commodity forecasting is always a pseudo-science at best. At times it seems that its primary function is to make astrology look respectable.

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Nuclear power discussion thread

by Judith Curry

THE LIGHTS ARE not going off all over Japan, but the nuclear power plants are. Of the 54 reactors in those plants, with a combined capacity of 47.5 gigawatts (GW, a thousand megawatts), only two are operating today. A good dozen are unlikely ever to reopen . . .  (from the Economist)

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Energy policy discussion thread

by Judith Curry

A few articles that I’ve collected on energy policy.

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China Rejects Paying EU ETS Carbon Emissions Surcharge

by John C.K. Daly of Oilprice.com

Ever since the global recession began in 2008, suggestions of an imminent trade war erupting between China and its trading partners have been increasingly rising.

Now the first shot in trade disputes has been fired.  By China.

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Energy Security: Eight Strategic Factors to Consider for 2012

by Judith Curry

In pondering what might happen in 2012 in terms of energy and climate policy, oilprice.com suggests that stove-piped analysis of individual strategic sectors (e.g. energy) is inadequate, and we need to consider the broad global strategic environment.

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Energy-water nexus

by Judith Curry

Producing energy uses water, and providing freshwater uses energy. Both these processes face growing limits and problems. In most power plants, water cools the steam that spins the electricity-generating turbines. Refining transportation fuels requires water, as does producing fuels—for example, mining coal, extracting petroleum, or growing crops for biofuels. Using water in our homes and businesses requires getting it there, treating it, heating it, and more.

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