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  • Policy Introduction of Smith-Luján Clean Energy Standard Legislation Builds on Momentum by States and Forward-leaning Utilities

    Today, Sen. Tina Smith (MN) and Rep. Ben Ray Luján (NM) introduced the Clean Energy Standard Act of 2019 in Congress.  Consistent with climate science indicating that to avoid the worst impacts of climate change we must decarbonize by mid-century, this bill would put the U.S. electric sector on the path to net zero carbon

    May 8, 2019
  • Advanced Energy Systems Moving Forward with Zero-Carbon Hydrogen and Ammonia Fuels

    In April 2018, member countries of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) announced an “initial strategy” for cutting the shipping sector’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2050. If the worst consequences of climate change are to be avoided, major industries like international shipping will need to do more than cut their emissions by 50%—but the […]

    December 18, 2018
  • News & Media CATF Statement: Xcel Energy Aims for Zero-Carbon Electricity by 2050

    Clean Air Task Force applauds Xcel Energy’s commitment announced today to provide carbon free energy by 2050, and an 80% reduction in carbon emissions within the next twelve years.

    December 5, 2018
  • Advanced Energy Systems De-Risking Decarbonization

    Guest Author: Bruce Phillips, CATF Board Member How do we get to the airport when we have an important flight to catch? What we don’t do is leave at the last minute without thinking about whether there is a traffic jam on the way, whether the airport parking garage is full or the length of the airport […]

    November 30, 2018
  • Advanced Energy Systems Electricity Decarbonization – How’s That Working Out?

    Most analyses of the requirements to stabilize the planet at warming of no more than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels envision a zero-carbon-emitting electric grid at or before 2050.

    September 22, 2017
  • Climate Climate Change and Energy: We Need a Big Boat

    You may remember a scene in the movie Jaws where the local police chief, having glimpsed the gigantic shark up close from back of the deck, reels back into the cockpit to observe: “You’re going to need a bigger boat.” Wringing all the carbon out of the system would be hard enough if world energy […]

    January 20, 2017
  • Climate Climate Change Needs America’s Technology Leadership

    In December 2015, the leaders of 195 nations gathered in Paris for the United Nations Climate Change Conference. They unanimously agreed to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius above preindustrial levels. They had a further ambition to limit the global temperature rise to just 1.5 degrees, if possible. The Paris Agreement certainly feels historic. […]

    May 23, 2016
  • Advanced Energy Systems Recent Expert Reports: Diverse Zero Carbon Options Needed to Manage Climate

    As we enter Climate Week, it’s a useful moment to review some recent expert reports suggesting the need for a broad suite of zero carbon energy technologies to manage climate change. In particular, these reports highlight the potentially critical role of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and nuclear energy alongside such options as wind and […]

    September 21, 2014