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How Does Everyone Feel About Climate Change?

Countries in Europe and the U.S. agree climate change is happening, but don’t really believe it will dramatically impact their lives. The rest of the world feels the opposite, especially in the East and Middle East. Of course, these latter countries are the least able to deal with those changes.
Sep 16, 2019

Climate Change: Turning Down the Heat

It’s time that everyone, from the homeowner, business chief and government minister, realise the benefits of rethinking heating and building efficiency. The technology we need to make a great start exists today, we need to embrace it.
Sep 15, 2019

Microgrids Are Powering The Future At MSU

A centralized power source can create issues if it unexpectedly goes offline. When a glitch led the Montclair State University’s microgrid to believe that an outage had occurred, it kicked in and isolated the University from the main grid and seamlessly powered the entire campus for nine hours.
Sep 13, 2019

Two Degrees Of Separation From Climate Change Catastrophe

A recent opinion piece in the New Yorker by novelist Jonathan Franzen argues it is unrealistic to reduce carbon emissions enough to prevent a 2-degree global temperature rise and thus is largely pointless. This post explains that Franzen gets both the climate science and the economics wrong.
Sep 13, 2019

LNG's Surfing the Wave

Gas looks the best bet of the fossil fuels through the energy transition. Gas, blessed with lower carbon intensity and ample resource, is set for steady growth through 2040 in Wood Mackenzie's base case projections. And liquefied natural gas (LNG) looks set for a boom
Sep 12, 2019

The Oil Industry Needs A U.S./China Trade Deal

This week's olive branch from China in advance of the resumption of trade negotiations with the U.S. came as welcome news to the U.S. oil and gas industry, which has seen a significant reduction in its rate of growth thanks to slowing global demand.
Sep 12, 2019

Only 4% Of Europeans Trust Donald Trump

At a time of rapidly deteriorating faith in the United States and the NATO security umbrella, the EU’s new president has unveiled a commission promising a sovereign Europe with digital, military and energy independence.
Sep 11, 2019

Risk Taker: Oil Wildcatter, Hedge Fund Manager

T. Boone Pickens died at 91 on Wednesday. In 2017, we honored Pickens as one of the 100 Greatest Business Minds and asked him to write a short passage in our book celebrating Forbes’ 100th anniversary. This is what he wrote.
Sep 11, 2019

How to Kick the Hydrocarbon Habit

What hope is there of arresting global warming? Minimal at the current glacial rate of progress. The bottom line is that global carbon emissions fall woefully short of the 20C path or lower spelled out in the 2015 Paris Agreement. Wood Mackenzie expects an outcome closer to 30C by 2040.
Sep 11, 2019

Where Does OPEC+ Go From Here?

The new Saudi Energy Minister does not face a strong test at this week's Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee, but longer term, there is likely to be a lot of pressure on the Saudis, OPEC, and non-OPEC producers working with them.
Sep 9, 2019

Is Saudi Oil Policy Changing Before Our Eyes?

Major changes have taken place at the top of Saudi Arabia's energy industry in recent days that will impact both the kingdom's near-term oil policies and the long-term management of its vast oil resources. The only question is how deep these impacts will be.
Sep 9, 2019

Elizabeth Warren's Green New Deal Scheme Won't Work

Sen. Warren wants to ax the most promising American energy sectors on her first day in the Oval Office. This reveals a dangerous ignorance of global energy security and the U.S. economy. The harebrained scheme raises questions about the professor's fitness to serve as President.
Sep 9, 2019

Companies Continue To Drive Demand For Clean Energy

The corporate market for renewable energy is set to break new records, thanks to falling prices, new financial instruments and the spread of the energy transition to transportation and HVAC. Markets such as China and Japan are set to see policy changes that will help markets there take off.
Sep 9, 2019

Democrat Climate Policies Are Ambitious But Fail The Reality Test

The climate policy proposals of each of the Democratic 2020 presidential candidates are incredibly ambitious. However, an analysis of the targets and timetables for emissions reductions proposed by each of the candidates suggests that they are not matched with policies as ambitious as the promises.
Sep 9, 2019

Tesla's Battery Guru Describes A New Cell With Massive Lifetime

Tesla's battery expert, Jeff Dahn, has published results on new battery cells that might last 3 or more times as long as current batteries. That makes electric cars better, improves grid storage and renewable power, and may even help robotaxis finish their day. Let's hope it becomes real.
Sep 8, 2019

Mobile Phones Are Driving A Solar Revolution In Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea has emerged as a leader in off grid solar installations. The country is turning to small-scale solar installations as a way to provide electricity for communities across the country with a new report by the IFC showing that installations have grown 68% per annum since 2012.