Side Effects Include... A Rare Opportunity for Pennsylvania

Posted by John Quigley

We’ve all seen the ubiquitous drug commercials on television that peddle the latest pill but list seemingly endless “common side effects” of taking it.  You wonder if the cure might be worse than the disease. There’s an echo of those commercials coming from, of all places, the World Bank on—of all subjects—global...


Can’t Go It Alone: Why States May Not Be Able to Uphold the Paris Agreement

Posted by Mollie Simon

Since President Trump’s June 1st decision to withdraw from the Paris agreement, many states and cities have pledged to take action on climate change, regardless of federal leadership. At least 12 states, and more than 200 U.S. cities have made a commitment to continue in the Paris Climate Agreement, and various...


Solar Supporters, Be Aware…Changes Coming?

Posted by Christina Simeone

Solar power is booming. But, supporters of solar energy need to be aware of at least two pending events threatening America’s short-term solar energy future. First, the potential for increased solar costs if new tariffs are placed on imported solar equipment. Second, how solar-heavy states like California manage...


As the U.S. Falters on Paris Agreement, Ethiopia Sees Opportunity in Renewables

Posted by Oscar Serpell

Donald Trump’s June 1st decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate agreement was widely denounced by world leaders, scientists, and advocates around the world as ill-informed. Many believe the decision will significantly jeopardize our ability to succeed in this global effort to limit the planetary...


If It Sounds Too Good to be True, It Probably Is

Posted by John Quigley

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. I quoted that old saying three years ago in raising come cautionary flags about a provocative claim that the United States, and each of its member states, could get all of their energy from renewables by 2055. That proposition has since gained a life of its own.  It...


How Exxon Thinks About Climate Change

Posted by Mollie Simon

Although a carbon tax may seem like an impossibility given our current political climate, private companies have long been preparing to put a price on carbon. Wanting to plan for something that they see as a future inevitability, big oil companies have been building in carbon pricing to their financial models for...


Knowing the Unknowable: Benefits and Drawbacks to Agent-Based and Equation-Based Modeling

Posted by Oscar Serpell

Edward Lorenz’s famous hypothetical scenario of a butterfly flapping its wings and somehow, weeks later, causing a tornado hundreds of miles away, illustrates the chaotic and uncertain future outcomes of seemingly inconsequential behaviors taken today. This complexity, and the resulting uncertainty of predicting the...


Power Grid on Alert After Two Cybersecurity Warnings Issued this Week

Posted by Christina Simeone

This week, two different cybersecurity warnings were issued in the U.S., flagging significant potential threats to the electricity grid. The first threat is ‘CrashOverride’, a malware program associated with Russia that was specifically designed and successfully used (outside the U.S.) to target electric power grid...


Lessons Learned: From Kyoto to Paris

Posted by Mollie Simon

Last week, after much anticipation, President Trump announced that the United States would be formally withdrawing from the Paris Accord. This announcement does not come as a surprise given President Trump’s negative comments about the agreement on the campaign trail and the fact that the Trump Administration has...


Leaving Paris, and Sanity: A Bad Deal for America and Future Generations

Posted by John Quigley

President Trump has decided to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, despite (to spite?), pretty much, the rest of the world. Only two countries declined to join the Paris Agreement: civil war-torn Syria, and Nicaragua. The latter boycotted the accord to protest what it saw as initial goals that...


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