Transportation’s Role in Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions

On May 13, 2010, in Blog, by John Addison

U.S. DOT April 2010 Report to Congress A wealth of potential solutions, from electric cars, to better transit, to reduced VMT, are detailed in the recent Department of Transportation’s report to Congress. Not only is the report rich with promising climate action, solutions are detailed to address U.S. energy security, with 97 percent of our […]

Addressing Cost Concerns in the Climate Debate — Focus on Offsets

On June 10, 2009, in Blog, by Lisa Jacobson

By Lisa Jacobson After hundreds of Congressional hearings and over a dozen legislative proposals, the House of Representatives took historic and concrete action last month to advance federal climate change legislation. Through a largely collegial and efficient committee “mark-up” of the American Climate and Security Act of 2009 (ACES), a deal was reached that earned […]

SGS Climate Change Head on the First Carbon Credits from the Voluntary Carbon Standard

On March 20, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I had the chance to catch up with Robert Dornau, an economist who is Vice President of SGS Climate Change Programme, one of the leading verifiers of carbon credits, just as SGS verified the first carbon credits under the Voluntary Carbon Standard. Robert, I saw the press release on the first verified VCUs by SGS. […]

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Carbon Trading, The Game

On December 26, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

At our company Christmas party this year we played Carbon Trading, The Game. Bascially, I devised a simple cap and trade game in a power sector, and then we played out four rounds to see what happened. The results were an interesting summary of how small rules can have big impacts in the outcome. And […]

Climate Change Policy Thoughts, McCain, Palin, Obama, Et al

On September 12, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Those of you that know me know that fighting climate change is an issue near and dear to my heart – and day to day life, since I am currently involved with a start up working on helping to deliver even better transparency and environmental integrity to carbon credits. So as a small government, energy […]

The Shiny Copper Penny Plan for Energy and Cleantech

On September 2, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I wrote a piece last week arguing that McCain / Palin was my energy/cleantech dream ticket, and promptly got slammed by my readers on the left (who generally think McCain’s plans for the environment /cleantech investing are nowhere near aggressive enough and that Palin is way too conservative), AND friends on the right (who think […]

The Voluntary Carbon Market Does Not Reward Complexity

On June 9, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I had a lively discussion with Susan Wood, the CEO of SCC Americas, at the Carbon Finance North America Conference last week. SCC Americas is the US arm of Syndicatum Carbon Capital, one of the largest developers of Kyoto based CDM carbon credit projects in the world, and Susan herself has been doing emissions trading […]

California High-Speed Rail

On April 23, 2008, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (Earth Day 2008). Fiona Ma was nervous about getting on a train that was about to set a world speed record. Just before Easter 2007 in the countryside outside Paris, she saw the people lining the green and flowered route. The French were flying flags, waving, and cheering. Less reassuring were those […]

Bringing Seapower to the Fight Against Global Warming

On January 20, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

The cleantech sector has developed as a major player in the fight against climate change. One of my friends, Dan Whaley, has founded a company called Climos to attack global warming in a new way, sinking massive amounts of carbon into the ocean depths using ocean iron fertilization. The approach has seen significant scientific study, […]

Australian voluntary carbon market Opened

On July 30, 2007, in Blog, by Nick Bruse

by Nick BruseAustralia’s first carbon trading exchange opened last week and its now one week on. The initial prices for carbon was set at A$8.50 (US$7.50) per metric ton under the voluntary scheme. Current price isA$8.55 per metric ton. I’ve pieced together my research on the ACX from a variety of stories run after its […]