A Tale of Two Meltdowns

August 25, 2009

by David L. Levy
Managing crises in complex systems
Just when the world was beginning to wake up to the climate change crisis, with a flood of new evidence on the accelerating meltdown of glaciers and polar ice caps, the financial crisis struck. Paul Gilding has termed this convergence of twin crises “The Great Disruption.” At first [...]

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Urgent Need for Clean Tech Project Finance – FT

August 22, 2009

by David L. Levy
The urgency of Daniel Goldman’s proposal to create a The Clean Energy Accelerator Corp. (see previous post) is reinforced by an article in the Financial Times today,  Cash Crunch Could Stain Clean Technology. Richard Waters writes that:
The lack of capital, however, is preventing many companies in the alternative energy world from reaching [...]

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The Clean Energy Accelerator Corp.

August 22, 2009

How to finance large scale low-carbon investment
This guest contribution is by Daniel Goldman, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of GreatPoint Energy and co-founder of the early stage investment group, Clean Energy Venture Group. He has managed and invested over $4bn in energy technologies and projects and is a vocal advocate of financial solutions [...]

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Carbon Wars II: The Sequel

August 20, 2009

by David L. Levy
Why is the US oil industry reverting to the tactics of the 1990’s Carbon Wars?
In these sultry, languid days of August, large numbers of Americans are suddenly getting excited about climate change. They are not, however, worried about rising CO2 levels and the impact on sea levels, hurricanes, or glaciers. They are [...]

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How to get free MAC lunches

August 15, 2009

by David L. Levy
A managerial and behavioral lens on low-cost carbon reductions
I’m writing this response to Jürgen Weiss and Mark Sarro’s excellent guest contribution while looking out of my antiquated and rusting steel casement windows in Brookline, Mass. These single pane windows, which date to the1951 construction of the house, are wintertime energy hogs [...]

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Whacking the MAC

August 13, 2009

Why we should be skeptical about negative-cost carbon abatement
A guest contribution by Mark Sarro and Jurgen Weiss, Watermark Economics, LLC
Jürgen Weiss and Mark Sarro are the co-founders of Watermark Economics, a consulting firm specializing in international and regional climate economics, finance and policy with an emphasis on mathematical and economic modeling, forecasting methodologies, policy [...]

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Back to Petroleum?

August 13, 2009

by David L. Levy
BP and Shell, the two giant British (and British-Dutch) oil companies, are both making a major strategic retreat from alternative energy and refocusing on their core oil and gas businesses. Ed Crooks has recently provided an insightful analysis of BP’s Back to Petroleum strategy in the Financial Times (also see also The [...]

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Cap and Trade: Creating a winning policy coalition?

August 13, 2009

This is a guest contribution by Dr. Matthew Paterson, School for Political Science, University of Ottawa, Ontario. He is also co-editor, of the journal Global Environmental Politics.
David Levy raises many questions in his post Carbon Markets to Serve the Planet, on Krugman’s defence defence of cap-and-trade. I want to pick up on two [...]

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2030 Clean Energy Economy Blueprint

August 8, 2009
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by David L. Levy
This summer the Union of Concerned Scientists published Climate 2030: A Blueprint for a Clean Energy Economy. The UCS plan is designed to reduce US greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 26% below 2005 levels by 2020, and 56% by 2030, putting the country on target for an 80% reduction by 2050. These [...]

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Sticker Shock – Walmart’s labeling scheme will be costly, but will it be effective?

August 4, 2009
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By Stephen Stokes, AMR Research
Addressing climate change and other environmental issues requires real action at the facility and process level –  just creating product labels may not be effective
Walmart’s product environmental labeling aspirations went public in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal last month and sent ripples of fear and excitement [...]

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