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July 29, 2013 10:13 AM Do Solar Power Subsidies Mainly Benefit Rich People?

The NY Times tells a story about a “green death spiral” for the subset of electric utilities who pay solar households retail rates per unit of power the solar households sell back to the grid. The utilities are concerned that...

By Matthew Kahn

July 12, 2013 11:34 AM The Electricity Grid's Big Climate Change Problem

In the NY Times, John Broder has written a good piece where he notes that climate stress could lead to both supply and demand shocks for electricity that threaten the reliability of the grid. For a full copy of the...

By Matthew Kahn

July 10, 2013 9:14 AM Why Does Japan Need to Restart Its Nuclear Power Plants?

Japan is on course to restart its nuclear reactors, which have been off-line for safety inspections since the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which led to the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, as the...

By Tina Gerhardt

July 03, 2013 12:14 PM Obama's Climate Action Plan: The Methane Problem With ‘Clean’ Natural Gas

Last week, President Barack Obama presented his Climate Action Plan to the public. President Obama's plan aims to 1. reduce carbon emissions from existing power plants, by using laws already on the books, such as the Clean Air Act; 2....

By Tina Gerhardt

June 26, 2013 12:00 PM The Keystone Pipeline Has No Future

President Barack Obama, in yesterday’s big speech on climate change: Allowing the Keystone pipeline to be built requires a finding that doing so would be in our nation’s interest. And our national interest will be served only if this project...

By James Wimberley