Carbon Fiddles While the Planet Burns

May 17, 2013

by David L. Levy
As regular readers will have noticed, ClimateInc is now dormant. I’ve learned that sustaining a blog individually is a lot of work, and a group effort is more feasible. I have now joined the editorial team of a new blog launched by our Organizations and Social Change group at UMass-Boston.This article [...]

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McKinsey’s Expanding Free Lunch Program

December 8, 2009

By David L. Levy
The Financial Times reported some intriguing new McKinsey data this week on carbon mitigation costs across sectors and countries. The data indicate that there are substantial differences in costs, and predictably, that building efficiency, lighting, and HVAC are the low-hanging fruit available at negative cost. The implication is that US companies [...]

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Kerry-Boxer Bloated with Methane Offsets

October 22, 2009

David L. O’Connor argued in the prior post, Carbon Offsets Reduce Compliance Costs, that offsets available under the proposed Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill in the US would help reduce the cost of carbon allowances by about 70%, on average, between 2012 and 2050. The Kerry-Boxer version that emerged out of the Senate in early October has [...]

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Carbon Offsets Reduce Compliance Costs

October 12, 2009

Guest Contribution by David L. O’Connor, Senior Vice President for Energy and Clean Technology, ML Strategies. Reprinted by permission from original article.
In the emerging carbon economy‚ projects that reduce‚ eliminate‚ or sequester carbon emissions will have enormous value. An examination of climate change legislation recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives1 indicates how important [...]

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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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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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Carbon Markets to Serve the Planet

July 28, 2009

by David L. Levy
Paul Krugman rushed to defend cap-and-trade in his New York Times blog this week against the accusation by Senator Byron Dorgan in the Bismarck Tribune that speculation could make the carbon price as volatile as oil prices have been in recent months. Joe Romm weighed in to support Krugman on his blog, [...]

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