Energy & Climate

Energy-related issues.

U.S.-China Solar Trade Dispute: Short-term Profit vs. Long-term Viability

July 24, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

The United States and China are locked in a protracted solar trade war that has caused controversy within the solar industry. While some deride the war as harmful, the United States must continue to aggressively fight with all means necessary. Not taking action is irresponsibly shortsighted and threatens the long-term viability of the global solar industry.

CCEI Commends Passage of National Lab Reform Legislation

Carbon Pricing & Renewables, What Does It All Mean?

July 19, 2014
Matthew Stepp discussed carbon pricing, carbon taxes, fossil fuel subsidies and their true impact on emissions with TalkSolar host Beth Bond.

Matthew Stepp discussed carbon pricing, carbon taxes, fossil fuel subsidies and their true impact on emissions with TalkSolar host Beth Bond.

A Car That Is Smarter than Its Driver Can Cut Pollution

Scientific American
If all Americans used self-driving cars, studies show it would reduce U.S. gasoline consumption 20 to 30 percent.

CCEI Praises Bipartisan Bill to Reform DOE Labs

Climate Change Solution: Scrap Subsidies, Fund Innovation

July 10, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Ahead of next year's Paris climate talks, it's time for a new approach to climate change that supports making clean energy cheaper than fossil fuels without subsidies. The only way to do that is with more innovation.

Bill Gates: 'We need energy miracles' yet US invests paltry 2% of R&D budget in energy

Tech Republic
Driving down the costs of clean energy is the key to addressing climate change, and that requires more innovation and R&D.

The World Bank should finance the most affordable technology options in low-income countries.

The World Bank’s IDA lending program should continue to make credit available to low-income countries for developing energy-generating systems that are the most affordable option, even if they are fossil fuel-based. International institutions should not limit global economic development and energy access in the name of climate mitigation, or offer more expensive energy options when cheaper sources are available.

The UN should properly define “modern energy access.”

Doubling or tripling energy consumption in energy-poor countries means little when the gap in energy consumption per capita between high- and low-income countries is actually more on the magnitude of one hundred instead of one. For example, rather than meeting the IEA’s low estimate of what constitutes modern energy access—100 kWh per capita, per year—the UN should work toward raising low-income countries’ energy consumption to that of, say, Japan (7848 kWh per capita, per year), which has a high standard of living but is also a leader in energy efficiency. The UN should elevate the international energy access debate toward a much more humane and prosperous goal that is in line with the high levels of energy access high-income countries benefit from today.