Policy News

 

  • June 27, 2011
  • Is Shale Gas a Ponzi Scheme?
  • Council on Foreign Relations (blog), Michael Levi
  • The New York Times’ war on shale gas continues with two more big stories by Ian Urbina. The front page of the Sunday paper featured “‘Enron Moment’: Insiders Sound Alarm amid a Natural Gas Rush”, complete with pullquote “Word in world of independents is that shale plays are just giant ... more ›
  • June 22, 2011
  • Gore Criticizes Obama for Record on Climate
  • New York Times, John Broder
  • WASHINGTON — Former Vice President Al Gore sharply criticized President Obama as lacking leadership on climate change in a magazine essay published online Wednesday, saying his policies had been little more effective than those of President George W. Bush. In the 7,000-word article in Rolling Stone, Mr. Gore said that Mr. Obama clearly understood the threat to ... more ›
  • June 16, 2011
  • Will solar power overtake fossil fuels in 10 years?
  • VentureBeat, Matthew Lynley
  • The amount of energy produced by photovoltaic panels could overtake that produced by fossil fuels like coal and natural gas in 10 years, according to the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). The amount of solar energy hitting the earth is around 100 petawatts, or 100 million gigawatts, according to the ... more ›
  • June 14, 2011
  • California clean fuel push opens to Brazil ethanol
  • Marketwatch, Ben Lefebre
  • HOUSTON -(MarketWatch)- California’s push to reduce fuel emissions in the next decade could lead to Brazilian ethanol makers making new inroads into the U.S. The Golden State is attempting to reduce the carbon intensity of its transportation fuels by at least 10% by 2020, meaning fuel blenders in the state ... more ›
  • June 14, 2011
  • California turns to clean-car plans
  • Reuters, Peter Henderson
  • California’s clean air regulators, fighting to create a market for greenhouse gases and spur wind farms and solar projects around the state, are shifting their focus to an old friend and enemy — cars. State law requires California cut emissions of greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by 2020. To do ... more ›