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DEC.2011

In this Issue:

Designing a Clean Energy Standard

Understanding the Link to Extreme Weather

Toward Climate and Energy Solutions

and more...

Center for Climate and Energy SolutionsVisit our facebook pageFollow us on TwitterConnect with us on LinkedIn A New Chapter
The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) was introduced on Novmeber 9 as the successor to the Pew Center on Global Climate Change. In a recent E&E TV interview, Eileen Claussen explains how C2ES will continue to make its mark on Washington, its goals, and her assessment of the current state of energy policy. Read more.

Launch Event Videos
On November 9, the Center hosted a high-level dialogue on the critical energy and climate challenges confronting the U.S. and the world. Watch the videos of the event.

Letting Go of Kyoto
The Kyoto Protocol remains an important emblem of multilateralism in the global effort against climate change. In a Nature commentary, Elliot Diringer explains why it has become more of an impediment to genuine progress. Read more.


Reading Durban
C2ES reports on the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa, where a deal keeps Kyoto going for now while launching new talks for a post-2020 pact putting developed and developing countries on more equal footing. Read Elliot Diringer's blog on Durban – How Big a Deal?

Climate Action Beyond UNFCCC
While the U.N. climate framework continues to play a key role in mobilizing the global response to climate change, a new C2ES report highlights other multilateral venues and the contributions they can make to reducing emissions. Read more>

More COP 17 Resources



Where There's Energy, There's Innovation
Forward-thinking companies are developing innovative technologies and solutions that reduce emissions and contribute to economic growth. A new report, The Business of Innovating: Bringing Low-Carbon Solutions to Market, finds that companies are strategically pursuing low-carbon innovations to hedge risks, capture new business, and stay competitive while improving the environment and economy. Learn how businesses are driving growth in clean energy while limiting GHG emissions.

More Business News


US Capitol

Policy Designs for a CES
A new paper explains how policymakers can balance the various objectives and interests associated with a federal clean energy standard. It builds on an earlier paper that explores the issues and options in designing a CES. View a table of how the policy designs in our CES framework compare to CES frameworks suggested by Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and by Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX) for EIA analysis.

EPA State of Play
For the latest updates on EPA regulations pertaining to greenhouse gas emissions, check out our new factsheets. Read more>

More Federal News


Bigger in Texas
Extreme weather hazards have plagued the state of Texas. A recent Hill briefing examined those hazards, their relationship to our climate, and how the country can prepare for such events. Read more>

IPCC Addresses Extreme Weather
The IPCC recently released a special report on extreme weather and developing a risk-based understanding of how society can respond to the climate threat. As Jay Gulledge blogs, it is a huge step in the right direction when just about a year ago the IPCC seemed to sidestep the issue. Read more>

More Science & Impacts News


Making an Impact in Indiana
Senator Dick Lugar (R-Ind.) awarded the Energy Patriot title to Tera Grinnell and Jim Beck, leaders of the Make an Impact program at Alcoa facilities in La Porte and Warrick, Indiana. The two successfully led community outreach and education on energy efficiency during the 2011 Make an Impact: Change Our 2morrow schools' challenge that reached more than 8,000 students, parents, and teachers. Read more>

More from Make an Impact


Not Plugged In To PEVs
Nick Nigro explains why NPR's story on plug-in electric vehicles missed the mark. Although PEVs aren't the single answer to our energy and environmental security challenges, they can make a contribution if they're given a fair shot. Read more>

More Energy & Technology News


Landmark New Vehicle Standards
The first blog post in a two-part series provides an overview of the new 2017-2025 model year vehicle standards for greenhouse gases and fuel economy. The new standards will nearly double the efficiency of the nation’s passenger vehicle fleet, Charles Zhu writes. Read more>

Defense Industry Spurs Low-Carbon Innovation
From GPS to the Internet, the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has a history of driving the creation of innovative technologies now used every day by Americans. As Sam Wurzelmann writes, with extensive resources and scale, the DOD is uniquely positioned to drive clean energy technology development and deployment. Read more>

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