Tag Archives: LCA

EcoPress post on BANR project

I have a guest post up on EcoPress (the official CSU Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory blog) about biofuel sustainability in the context of the new BANR project, as part of their new sustainability series– Sustainability Part 2:  Sustainable Biofuels and … Continue reading

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No wonder electric cars aren’t selling!

While this probably isn’t the reason electric cars have not lived up to the hype and might only sell about 50,000 in 2012 (less than 1% of total sales), maybe it is a reason we shouldn’t encourage them (yet). I … Continue reading

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reminding us about the Jevon’s Paradox

This short article (linked below) reminds us of something I’ve posted on before: the Jevon’s Paradox, or the idea that we will use more energy as it becomes cheaper.  So the natural gas revolution we are seeing in the US … Continue reading

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Perverting the CDM

There’s a great recent New York Times piece on the massive perverse incentives created by the Clean Development Mechanism: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48578898/ns/world_news-the_new_york_times#.UCgKX1TmRsQ A bit of background: for most of the history of refrigeration, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and  hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) were used as the … Continue reading

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Are estimates of bioenergy emissions broken?

Tim Searchinger has a history of questioning assumptions and justifications put forward by proponents of biofuels.  His points are usually valid, or at least adds to the conversation.  In his latest article with Keith Smith in Global Change Biology, he … Continue reading

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natural gas leading to reduction in US emissions – a case for technology investment instead of policy?

Interesting observations over at yale360 on falling US emissions: http://e360.yale.edu/feature/nordhaus_shellenberger_beyond_cap_and_trade_a_new_path_to_clean_energy/2499/ It seems to be a unique situation that we are observing here..and I’m not sure technology investment without policy is a good model to follow.. I wonder how much of … Continue reading

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Fracking, LCA and commerce clauses and more..

Back from the holidays and catching up on some news and wanted to share a couple of things.. This short update points out how important fracked oil & gas may be in 2012 and going forward: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204464404577112681942517356.html Another chapter in … Continue reading

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