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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Big natgas customers want sustainability reporting from producers, invite stakeholder comments

In my latest post for the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, I discuss an effort by a group of major U.S. natural gas purchasers to develop a set of performance indicators measuring how natural gas producers manage environmental and community impacts of fracking. The public and stakeholders are being invited to comment on them before they're finalized.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Plain as the nose on your face: Nuclear subsidy food fights miss market-oriented climate solution



In my latest post for the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, I discuss the scramble by nuclear power plant owners to obtain operating subsidies, and PJM Interconnection's smart, market-oriented - and climate-saving - policy recommendation. 

Will elected officials listen to lobbyists or PJM's experts?
  



Monday, August 21, 2017

Shot and chaser



In my latest post for the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, I discuss two new reports that describe the potential of technological innovation on decarbonization, and the immensity of current decarbonization challenges.




Monday, August 7, 2017

It’s Time for a Market-Oriented Approach to Clean Energy Investment in Pennsylvania


In my latest post for the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, I discuss two important new reports that recommend the creation of a Green Bank in Pennsylvania to unlock billions of dollars' worth of clean energy and energy efficiency projects.



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Side Effects Include…A Rare Opportunity for Pennsylvania


My latest post for the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania discusses the development of rare earth element resources, which may be a big environmental and economic opportunity for Pennsylvania.

I worked on this issue with the U.S. Department of Energy when I was Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Among other things, I convened geologists from DEP and our sister agency DCNR - great public servants all - to see how the Commonwealth could support this important work from a technical standpoint.

There is significant potential here.




Tuesday, June 20, 2017

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is


My latest post for the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania discusses a new report that questions a widely-heralded study claiming that the US can achieve 100% renewable energy by 2055.



Friday, June 2, 2017

Leaving Paris, and Sanity: A Bad Deal for America and Future Generations

In my latest post for the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, I comment on President Trump's appalling decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement - a dark moment in history and an ominous one for our shared future. 


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Farewell to Paris?


Not Napoleon's.  

Trump's.

While we wait on the prospect of the latter's mercifully rare delivery on a campaign promise - in this appalling case, withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement - my November 2016 talk Pennsylvania's climate future: perils and possibilities in a foreign America, stands up pretty well.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Carbon capture's clean coal ambition



In my latest podcast for the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, I discuss the state of carbon capture and storage/carbon capture and utilization technology in the fight to salvage a habitable climate. 

For more information on this topic, see these blog posts.


Monday, May 15, 2017

Walking the Tightrope: Energy Development and the Environment



In my first podcast for for the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, I discuss the challenge of balancing energy development with environmental protection at the state level.



Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Is a proposed Kentucky solar farm on mine lands a model for PA?



My latest blog post for the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy at the University of Pennsylvania discusses an interesting proposal in Kentucky that would convert mined-out land into a solar farm. It could be a model for Pennsylvania.