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Aug21
2019

U.S. Sanctions Against Nord Stream 2 Pipeline: Strategic Hit Or Miss?

Anna Mikulska
Here's a look at the geopolitical pros and cons of proposed sanctions on Nord Stream 2. In short, the cons are quite high. Best to explore some other options.
Aug12
2019

Teeming with Carbon Taxes

Mollie Simon
There has been a flurry of carbon tax bills introduced in Congress this term from members on both sides of the aisle. How do these bills compare and will any of them become law?
Aug02
2019

Decarbonizing Aviation Is Not As Hard As We Think

Oscar Serpell
Decarbonization of commercial air travel is not a far-off possibility dependent on ground-breaking advancements in energy storage, but an actionable and pragmatic approach to achieving global emissions targets.
Aug01
2019

Could Chernobyl Happen Today?

Mollie Simon
The television show Chernobyl is gripping viewers based on horrific real events. What is the likelihood that the drama could become a reality again?
Jul31
2019

Climate Change: A Real Force In The 2020 Campaign?

Andy Stone
Has the U.S. finally reached the point where climate will in fact be a decisive issue for voters at the polls?
Jul30
2019

Philadelphia Oil Refinery Explosion is a Learning Moment

Mark Alan Hughes
With participation from the University of Pennsylvania, Mayor Kenney's advisory group gathers to discuss the future of the closed Philadelphia refinery. 
Jul17
2019

Opportunities to Bridge the Funding Gap to Commercialize Cleantech Innovation: Insights from the 2019 NREL Industry Growth Forum

Sid Radhakrishna
MBA student Sid Radhakrishna writes about several promising models highlighted at the 2019 NREL Industry Growth Forum that look to bridge funding gaps for commercializing cleantech innovation.
Jul15
2019

Challenges in Funding and Scaling Cleantech Innovations: Insights from the 2019 NREL Industry Growth Forum

Sid Radhakrishna
MBA Student Sid Radhakrishna attended the NREL Industry Growth Forum and learned firsthand about some of the challenges facing the cleantech field. 
Jul08
2019

As Clean Energy Surpasses Coal, U.S. Energy Transition Locks Into Place

Andy Stone
In April carbon-free generators produced more electricity than coal for the first time, offering stark evidence that the country's clean energy transition is advancing despite political headwinds.
Jul03
2019

Recent Science Raises Oil Industry’s Climate Litigation Risk

Andy Stone
Attribution science makes it possible to understand the likelihood that extreme weather has roots in climate change.  The science might be used to hold major industrial emitters legally liable for climate damage.

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