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June 27th, 2012

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.




April 27th, 2012

Six new U.S. coal export sites in the works

in 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.)




April 9th, 2012

US on the verge of becoming major coal exporter

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 »



September 28th, 2011

Morse to speak at the UT Energy Symposium

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 »



August 31st, 2011

Morse debates US coal exports in NRDC's magazine

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 »




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News around the web

As Coal Use Declines in US, Coal Companies Focus on China
With aging coal-fired U.S. power plants shutting down, major American coal companies are exporting ever-larger amounts of coal to China. Richard K. Morse, the director of research on coal and carbon markets at Stanford’s Program on Energy and Sustainable Development, comments.
December 8, 2011 in Yale Environment 360

Companies Prove Coal as the Best Investment for the Next 20 Years
"Coal is the world's fastest growing fossil fuel (for the 8th year now) and likely will be for the next 10-20 at least," Richard K. Morse of Stanford said.
October 4, 2010 in Daily Rosetta

Global mining companies are forceful about exporting coal through Northwest ...
Richard Morse, lead researcher for Stanford University's global coal market program, says making a significant dent in coal's growth is unlikely given China ...
September 9, 2010 in OregonLive.com

Coal Discount Narrows in China, May Cut Imports: Energy Markets
"China right now looks to be more bearish than bullish," Richard Morse, who leads coal-market research at Stanford University at Stanford, California, ...
July 5, 2010 in BusinessWeek

China's May Coal Imports Rise 17%; Prices Climb on Demand Gain
... domestic prices gave Indonesia and Australia a price advantage, Richard Morse, who leads coal market research at Stanford University, said last month.
June 21, 2010 in BusinessWeek

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