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  • 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
  • Climate The Wait is Over, But the Job is Not Done: BLM’s New Rules for Fracking

    Today, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management released its long-awaited updates of its rules for hydraulic fracturing in oil and gas development. It’s about time. As BLM Director Neil Kornze has put it: “The portfolio of oil and gas wells overseen by the BLM has expanded at the same time that drilling has become more […]

    March 20, 2015
  • Climate The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Has Some Excellent Advice for the President on Climate Change

    Two months ago, President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology issued a nine-page open letter to the President outlining six critical, common-sense pathways for the Administration to address global climate change during his second term. Released without much fanfare, the letter appears to have disappeared from public view, and review. Too bad, as […]

    May 13, 2013
  • Super Pollutants Reducing the Shale Gas Footprint Through the Center for Sustainable Shale Development: A Good Start, But No Substitute for Tight Federal and State Regulation

    This week, CATF joined three Pennsylvania environmental organizations – the Pittsburgh-area  Group against Smog and Pollution, the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, and Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future, as well as the Environmental Defense Fund, in endorsing a set of fifteen water and air protection standards we developed with several large shale gas producers in the Marcellus region: […]

    March 22, 2013
  • Climate Obama’s Second Term Climate Priorities

    In recent statements, President Obama has ranked addressing climate change one of his top three priorities for his second term. Win, place or show, the President has already offered up a two-track course forward: first, take immediate action on near-term greenhouse gas emission reductions; and, second, simultaneously launch a conversation on how to put the […]

    January 10, 2013
  • Climate DoD: A Model for Energy Innovation?

    Recently, the Clean Air Task Force and our colleagues at The Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes at Arizona State University, assessed the opportunities and challenges at the U.S. Department of Defense for accelerating a national and even global transition to advanced and clean energy technologies. Building on background papers, a workshop, new research, and […]

    May 29, 2012
  • Climate Many Climate Decisions Ahead for EPA

    Whatever the symbolic importance of the Keystone XL decision, it is only one of several climate-related policy decisions facing the Administration this year – and arguably one of the less significant ones. The Environmental Impact Statement on the project produced by the U.S. Department of State estimates that stopping the pipeline would avoid between 3 […]

    January 25, 2012