Richard K. MorseAffilated Researcher
The Climate Problem is a Coal Problem: PESD in Foreign Affairs
In the current issue of Foreign Affairs, Richard Morse argues that the climate problem is a coal problem, and that coal is not going away anytime soon. Any pragmatic strategy for confronting climate change therefore has to directly confront coal use in the developing world. Articulating new strategies for delivering emission reductions in the coal sector that don’t depend on a carbon price, Morse argues that coal may represent one of the largest and most cost effective opportunities for near-term emissions mitigation on a global scale.
Six new U.S. coal export sites in the worksin the news: ClimateWire on April 27, 2012
Facing flagging domestic demand, US coal producers are pushing hard for rail and port infrastructure that would enable exports to China from the Pacific Northwest, says PESD researcher Richard Morse in Climate Wire. (PESD's upcoming annual conference will consider the environmental impacts of such developments.)
As abundant domestic natural gas production erodes coal’s market share in the US, coal producers are looking to overseas markets for growth. At the Argus Americas Coal Summit, Richard Morse gave a presentation discussing the competitive dynamics of US coal exports in world markets. Morse argued that conditions for expansion of US steam coal exports are favorable, but key risks remain that could make or break this “globalization” of the US coal market. Read more »
Richard K. Morse is the invited speaker for the UT Energy Symposium on November 3, 2011 about international coal markets -focusing on coal, climate, and China. Read more »
Appearing in the NRDC's OnEarth Magazine, Richard Morse debates how new US coal exports would impact international energy markets and carbon emissions. Read more »