Wolak's climate op-ed featured in the UK GuardianOp-ed: UK Guardian on February 5, 2011
PESD Director Frank Wolak explain how the unknown price tag of carbon and uncertainty of US National climate policy are impeding on investments for oil substitutes.
Wolak and Morse's op-ed in the UK Guardian argue that China's record coal imports are actually helping the climateOp-ed: Guardian.co.uk on December 30, 2010
PESD Director Frank Wolak and Research Associate Richard Morse's op-ed in the UK's Guardian, "China's green gift to the world", argues that China's record coal imports actually contribute to reductions -not increases- of global CO2 emissions.
PESD researcher Jeremy Carl's op-ed piece on India's recent climate and energy negotiations with the United States featured in Indian ExpressOp-ed: Indian Express on December 7, 2009
Jeremy Carl argues that despite India’s lack of a concrete binding target for significant CO2 emissions reductions, India’s climate commitments come through on other fronts. Read more »
The Boston Review releases Victor and Morse's "Living With Coal"Op-ed: The Boston Review on September 9, 2009
David Victor and Richard Morse explain why coal, the world's fastest growing fossil fuel and leading source of greenhouse gas emissions, is here to stay and how climate policy can tackle this problem. Their piece is also featured in Engineering World's October/November 2009 issue.
Op-ed: Roll Call on August 3, 2009
PESD affiliated faculty Burton Richter argues in Roll Call that the climate bill passed by the US House of Representatives misses the mark on several fronts, especially in its inadequate funding for long-term research. The Senate must do better. Read more »
Op-ed: Newsweek International on February 14, 2009
David Victor pinpoints some of the challenges ahead for the new Obama administration with respect to a coherent, national climate change policy. It will be tough to make Copenhagen successful if the U.S. lacks a national strategy to show off. Victor says that might be a good thing in that it will force the U.S to spend some time crafting real climate change policy leadership. Read more »
Op-ed: Newsweek on January 12, 2009
Coal is looking like the energy winner in the current economic crisis, David Victor and Varun Rai say in Newsweek. Declining coal prices coupled with a crippled world economy means more countries are pushing ahead for energy extracted from coal. The implementation and further development of clean coal technology is also at a standstill due to a lack of investment capital and falling CO2 prices. Read more »
Op-ed: Newsweek on December 8, 2008
David Victor comments on the current flattening of investment in green technology due to market forces. What is emerging, he says, is a shift towards a green economy of scale that is based on government intervention such as regulation, mandates, and subsidies. Such mechanisms are more reliable in the long run because a large part of green's success will need to be based on larger scale industrial complexes such as off-shore wind parks and electrical grids capable of storing and delivering intermittent power. Read more »
Op-ed: Encina Columns Summer '08
As oil prices surge through $140/barrel at the time of writing, surely one can at least count on the invisible hand of the market to drive further exploration and production and ultimately bring more supplies on line, right? Or perhaps, more ominously, high oil prices presage a darker future of shortage and conflict as global oil fields pass their geological "peak"? In fact, both positions miss a crucial point about the dynamics of the world oil market -- that it is increasingly animated by the counterintuitive behavior of the state-owned oil and gas giants that now control the vast majority of the world's hydrocarbon resources. Read more »
Op-ed: San Jose Mercury News on August 4, 2008
Energy traders have lately been villainized as the cause of high energy prices, but Frank Wolak shows that the numbers don't support this logic. Read more »
Victor Pulls Back the Curtain; OPEC is No Wizard of the Oil MarketsOp-ed: Newsweek on August 1, 2008
In a climate of extremely volatile energy prices, OPEC is taking directions from the market, not calling the shots. David Victor's analysis of OPEC's price targets and quotas illuminate the cartel's diminished influence.