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How to Cut US Power Sector Emissions: New Analysis and Insights from Marrakech

, lead economist and climate policy manager

I am in Marrakech, Morocco, where the second week of the annual international climate talks (or COP22) is just getting underway. Nations hope to continue the momentum created by the Paris Agreement despite concerns about the implications of the US election outcome. One big topic of conversation: how will nations increase their commitments to cut emissions, in line with the ambitious long term temperature and decarbonization goals that were agreed to last year? Read more >

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Washington’s Initiative 732: Important Lessons for Supporters of Carbon Pricing

, Western states policy manager

The Union of Concerned Scientists is a strong supporter of pricing the heat-trapping emissions causing climate change, and we have a history of advocating for a price on carbon in Washington State. Yet UCS has decided to take no position on a ballot measure this November that would establish a carbon tax in Washington, Initiative 732. It was a tough decision for our organization and we wanted to share our thinking about this issue with our members. Read more >

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Virginia Coastal Protection Act: New UCS Analysis Highlights Opportunity for Carbon Revenue

, senior energy analyst

Update (February 8, 2016): The analysis has been updated using the most up-to-date Renewable Energy Deployment System (ReEDS) model from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Learn more.


 

Virginia’s General Assembly has just started a whirlwind two-month session, and will be considering significant legislation that would help the state raise revenues from a carbon trading program, to be used for investments in coastal resilience, energy efficiency, renewable energy, and economic development. Today UCS released an analysis that finds that Virginia could generate an average of $251 million annually by participating in a similar carbon trading program. Read more >

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How to Sound like an Expert on the Paris Climate Agreement

, senior climate scientist

The agreement is multifaceted and written in dense legal language, so it’s difficult to get a sense of what it—and the negotiations—are all about. Here are some answers to a few basic questions to satisfy your curiosity and help you sound like a climate agreement expert. Read more >

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ACCCE, NERA, and Another Misleading Study about the Clean Power Plan

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) has funded yet another flawed analysis by NERA Economic Consulting to try to shore up the faltering campaign against the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. This new study is no improvement on the previous one, and actually goes backward in terms of how straight-forward they are about the study’s inputs and assumptions. Read more >

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