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February 8th, 2011

Wolak's climate op-ed featured in the UK Guardian

Op-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.

January 3rd, 2011

Wolak and Morse's op-ed in the UK Guardian argue that China's record coal imports are actually helping the climate

Op-ed: 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.

January 11th, 2010

PESD researcher Jeremy Carl's op-ed piece on India's recent climate and energy negotiations with the United States featured in Indian Express

Op-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 »

September 8th, 2009

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.

August 3rd, 2009

Burton Richter in Roll Call: US climate bill needs more support for energy R&D

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 »

February 18th, 2009

David Victor in Newsweek: climate policy leadership should start at home

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 »

January 5th, 2009

The big winner is coal

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 »

December 2nd, 2008

David Victor in Newsweek: The new greens like it big

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 »

September 23rd, 2008

Why the peak oil debate misses the point in an NOC-dominated world

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 »

August 12th, 2008

Wolak Argues Speculators Are Not to Blame for High Oil Prices

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 Markets

Op-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.

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