The demise of the climate bill has me thinking about green jobs again. I’ve never been a big fan of the green jobs argument on its substance. But set that aside for now. The public seems to like green jobs (or at least clean energy jobs). So here’s my question: Why did it not work on the politics? Read more »
I have a short piece up at CFR.org on the international implications of the climate bill collapse. Here’s the conclusion:
“The United States spent the better part of the last decade being pilloried for its lack of action on climate. The last year and a half has seen a new attitude from much of the rest of the world. International observers have watched the U.S. political debate with growing skepticism over whether Washington could ever deliver cap-and-trade, but they have still held out hope. The sharp setback to the Senate’s cap-and-trade efforts on July 22 means that the honeymoon for U.S. climate diplomacy is over.” Read more »
The Times of India reports this morning that the next climate strategy meeting of the BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India, and China) will include “participation from smaller countries such as Yemen, Rwanda, and Venezuela”. Those might seem like marginal players at first glance, but they could play decisive roles at the climate talks in Cancun later this year. The United States and its partners should beware. Read more »
E&E News reports this morning that senators are considering including a low-carbon fuel standard (LCFS) in the impending energy bill. The (laudable) idea would be to force more low-carbon biofuels and electricity into the transportation system. They should proceed with great caution, though, since most standard variations on the theme could be dangerous. There are, however, some simple potential fixes that would probably take the rough edges off. Read more »
Senators from manufacturing states have been among the most skeptical of cap-and-trade legislation. One would expect, then, that they’d be thrilled by the prospect of utility-only cap-and-trade, which would explicitly exclude manufacturing facilities. But not so. Here’s E&E Daily this morning: Read more »
Earlier this afternoon, several media outlets posted a discussion draft of a utility-only cap-and-trade bill that Senator Jeff Bingaman is apparently working on. It’s not a finished product (provisions for offsets, for example, remain to be added) and apparently is a slightly out-of-date iteration (dating roughly to April). But it provides some signs of what a utility-only bill might look like, and what some of the associated issues might be. Three things stand out to me as particularly interesting. Read more »
Yingli Solar, the Chinese rooftop solar photovoltaic company, has been making waves with its prominent sponsorship of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Times picked up the story yesterday, quoting a Yingli spokesperson who said that the company “pondered” its decision “profoundly, deeply”. My colleague Liz Economy flagged the sponsorship last week. Noting that Yingli’s ads were running next to ones from McDonalds, she worried that China was embracing the future while U.S. companies were stuck representing the past. Read more »
Andrew Chamberlain has responded at length in two blog posts to my critique of his study of Kerry-Lieberman for the Institute for Energy Research. He gives some useful examples of how utilities might try to game regulators that I’ll engage with below. I’m going, however, to take his points in order, which means that I’ll be negative for a while before I get to that point. Read more »
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