Climate and Energy Program News

Can a President Slam the Brakes on Fracking?

Can a President Slam the Brakes on Fracking?

As part of his climate-change focused presidential campaign, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has proposed a plan to rapidly phase out extraction of fossil fuels in the U.S. The plan includes ending fossil fuel drilling on federal land, terminating taxpayer subsidies to fossil fuel business, and pursuing a complete, nationwide ban on fracking.

Report: Asian Coal Expansion Threatens Paris Goals

A new report is urging countries in South and Southeast Asia to reverse their plans for coal-fired power plant expansion in favor of renewable energy, according to an article in Climatewire.

The report, released by the research institute Climate Analytics, said shifting away from coal will not only support the Paris Agreement's climate goals, but renewables such as solar and wind are a lower-cost energy source for developing countries.

Brazil and EU Face Off Over Future of Carbon Trading

This year’s U.N. climate talks could make or break the Paris Agreement, negotiators say, as they get down to the business of regulating carbon trading. Emerging economies, notably Brazil, are at loggerheads with the European Union and vulnerable countries over the role for old U.N. carbon market schemes in the Paris regime, according to a Climate Home News article

Policy 360 Podcast - China’s Investment in Coal Around the World

Policy 360 Podcast - China’s Investment in Coal Around the World

Jackson Ewing, senior fellow at Duke’s Nicholas Institute of Environmental Policy Solutions, joined the Policy 360 podcast to discuss his recent op-ed for The Hill on the far-reaching impacts of Chinese foreign energy investments on the futures of coal use and climate change.

Colorado Academy Helps Spur Sweeping State Clean Energy Bills

The Clean Energy Legislative Academy in Breckenridge, Colo., has played a key role in “activating this clean energy movement across state legislatures,” and helping state lawmakers share ideas and experience with each other, Tim Profeta, director of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, told Bloomberg Environment.

Billy Pizer

Ways & Means Podcast - Climate Change: Adding up the Bill

The latest episode of Ways & Means, a podcast presented by the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, looks at who will take the hardest hit financially from climate change and whether anything can be done about it. The episode features an interview with Billy Pizer, an environmental economist with joint appointments as a professor at the Sanford School and as a faculty fellow at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Carbon Pricing in PJM: Are State Policies at Risk?

Carbon Pricing in PJM: Are State Policies at Risk?

Stakeholders in PJM may decide on Thursday to initiate a process to study and potentially price CO2 emissions in its energy market. Such a process would provide a forum for much needed detailed discussion and analysis on what could be a critical link between CO2 emissions policies and efficient markets, writes Jennifer Chen, senior counsel at Duke's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, in Greentech Media.

China's Foreign Energy Investments Can Swing Coal and Climate Future

The International Energy Agency recently reported strong greenhouse gas growth from energy production in 2018, with an emerging fleet of Asian coal-fired power plants leading the way. Coal plants are being planned or constructed in 14 countries with no current coal power to speak of, and in 19 countries where new coal plants would more than double coal-fired capacity. The Nicholas Institute's Jackson Ewing writes for The Hill that, while there are multiple drivers of coal investment, China is the pivotal player.