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APRIL.2012

In this Issue:

EPA's New Oil and Gas Rule

A Post-Durban Outlook

Endorsing Enhanced Oil Recovery

and more...

Center for Climate and Energy Solutions Visit our facebook pageFollow us on TwitterConnect with us on LinkedIn Mexico Acts on Climate Change
Elliot Diringer comments in Nature on a comprehensive new climate change law aimed at reducing Mexico’s CO2 emissions 30 percent below “business as usual” by 2020 and 50 percent by 2050. Read more>

Markets 201
A new brief explains how market-based policies can reduce GHG emissions more cheaply and efficiently than traditional command-and-control policies, and provides an overview of market-based options. For more on climate change basics, read our Climate Change 101 series.

Supporting R&D
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) has funded more than 180 energy research projects to help move the U.S. to a low-carbon economy. A recent report outlines the history, role, and importance of ARPA-E. See more publications


As Sea Level Rises
Efforts underway to protect Norfolk, Virginia, from rising sea level were the focus of a recent report on PBS's Need to Know. On the program, C2ES's Jay Gulledge explains how federal flood insurance encourages development in flood-prone areas along rivers and coasts, and how the program can be reformed. Learn more about the impacts of global warming.

More Science & Impacts News



Teaming Up on Low-Carbon Innovation
Representatives of government, industry, and labor joined C2ES in Washington last week for a Low-Carbon Innovation Forum. Speakers examined the roles played by both business and government in modernizing the electrical grid, making the military more energy efficient, and ramping up auto fuel economy. "Both government and business have vital roles to play at every stage on the path to commercialization," Eileen Claussen said in keynote remarks. Listen to Eileen's podcast explaining government's three key roles in the innovation process. And read our study of businesses engaged in low-carbon innovation.

More Business News


US Capitol

Protecting the Air and the Climate
A new EPA rule setting air pollution standards for oil and natural gas operations will dramatically reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. The oil and gas industry accounts for 40 percent of U.S. emissions of methane, one of a category of "short-lived climate forcers." The rule also sets the first federal air quality standards for natural gas "fracking" operations.

A Boost from Bloomberg
In an editorial highlighting moves by China to advance carbon capture technology, Bloomberg points to the recommendations of the National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative (NEORI) as a way to accelerate efforts here in the U.S. NEORI, a coalition of industry, state, environmental, and labor leaders convened by the C2ES and the Great Plains Institute, is calling for new federal incentives for enhanced oil recovery using CO2 captured from power plants and industry. The plan would boost domestic oil production while reducing CO2 emissions.

More U.S. Policy News


A Post-Durban Outlook
Twenty years after the first Rio summit—which launched the international climate effort—global emissions are still rising. In an address in Ottawa, Elliot Diringer reflects on the new round of negotiations launched in Durban, South Africa, and the challenges nations face in reaching a new deal in 2015.

More International News


Washington Prepares
With climate change expected to cost the state $10 billion a year by 2020, Washington released an integrated response strategy to prepare government agencies, businesses, and individuals for the impacts of climate change. The new strategy identifies seven high-priority areas including protecting people, reducing damage to infrastructure, and minimizing the impact to coastlines. Read more>

More U.S. States & Regions News


Is Nuclear an Answer?
As electricity demand rises, aging coal plants are retired, and utilities face pressure to reduce CO2 emissions, nuclear energy offers a zero-carbon option for electricity generation. But before it can play a bigger role in our energy mix, more progress is needed on cost, reactor safety, and waste disposal, writes Kyle Aarons.

More Energy & Technology News


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