Energy and the Environment

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Should we take the US-China climate deal seriously? New data of US and Chinese carbon emissions estimate Chinese emissions are now 95% higher than American.

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The conclusion that we need to harden the grid immediately is about as clear as anything can be, as a matter of elementary risk analysis. Yet our decision processes have become so sclerotic that we are unable to deal with this very clear mortal threat, and now we have put ourselves in a terrible strategic posture.

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U.S. President Barack Obama (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping toast at a lunch banquet in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing November 12, 2014.  Reuters

Any agreement between developed and developing nations over climate change transfer payments is unlikely to be put into practice due to high economic costs.

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Hyperbole, scientists say, obscures the complex story of what’s really happening to bees and why—and the risks that advocacy groups and activist journalists risk of driving science and agricultural regulations into a policy ditch.

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Reports that honey bees are dying in unusually high numbers has concerned many scientists, farmers and beekeepers, and  gripped the public.

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Federal policy often tilts the playing field, picks winners and losers, and rewards well-connected insiders, contributing to the public perception that the ‘game’ is rigged and harming economic growth. AEI scholars have identified a few policy changes that lawmakers can pursue if they want to combat cronyism and corporate welfare.

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The Ivanpah solar plant has produced about one-quarter the energy promised. Now the owners of the project have applied for a half-billion-dollar grant to pay off a large portion of its original federally guaranteed loan.

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Has the lack of a workable energy policy been a blessing? Surprisingly, yes.

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Let us salute the “market watchers,” who positioned themselves beautifully so as to be confirmed in their wisdom regardless of whether oil prices moved up or down; that prices did both is a tragedy. Or is it?

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Something momentous happened last week: the leadership of the European Union agreed to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by 40% or more below 1990 levels by 2030.

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