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George Mason University’s tradition of innovation and vision for the future enables CESP to advance meaningful energy education and research. CESP will equip rising leaders to solve the energy challenges of the future. Supply: Innovations for energy supply security, transitions and sustainability to ensure a vibrant economic and environmental future. Demand: Innovations for energy demand efficienc

George Mason University’s tradition of innovation and vision for the future enables CESP to advance meaningful energy education and research. CESP will equip rising leaders to solve the energy challenges of the future. Supply: Innovations for energy supply security, transitions and sustainability to ensure a vibrant economic and environmental future. Demand: Innovations for energy demand efficienc

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Excellent piece on the political realities of carbon pricing.in Europe.
07/09/2021
Analysis: Europe's carbon push stokes backlash fears

Excellent piece on the political realities of carbon pricing.in Europe.

A European Union plan to extend carbon pricing to the fuel used in cars and to heat homes is facing a wall of early resistance from countries and lawmakers fearing a public pushback unless backers find ways to compensate those worst hit.

Extremely helpful for understanding oil markets.
07/06/2021
Column: OPEC+ and the market management challenge

Extremely helpful for understanding oil markets.

Global oil production has become more geographically concentrated since the start of the century, making market management easier compared with the fractious disputes that characterised the 1980s and 1990s.

Excellent analysis with an emphasis on the cost and not just the technology.
07/03/2021
What it will take to achieve affordable carbon removal

Excellent analysis with an emphasis on the cost and not just the technology.

Another big direct-air-capture plant is moving ahead, but a new study finds we may need to build many more before the economics start to make sense.

Paywalled but implications for renewable energy development that may depend on access to these minerals.
06/26/2021
Pressure mounts to halt deep-sea mining

Paywalled but implications for renewable energy development that may depend on access to these minerals.

Scientists from 44 countries warn of ‘irreversible’ damage ahead of DeepGreen’s listing in July

Paywalled but an important article to understand how commodity traders are moving in the energy transition period.
06/24/2021
Top commodity traders pile into the energy transition

Paywalled but an important article to understand how commodity traders are moving in the energy transition period.

Groups reaping bumper rewards from oil volatility sink cash into renewables and carbon trading

Paywalled but important. Some things never change. It is all about money -- not how to reduce carbon emissions or how to...
06/18/2021
UN climate talks hit a wall over tensions about finance

Paywalled but important. Some things never change. It is all about money -- not how to reduce carbon emissions or how to manage the energy transition. Decades of UN-affiliated international meetings follow the same pattern.

Weeks of negotiations were overshadowed by cost of meeting demands of Paris agreement

Paywalled, but the "On the road..." series promises to be important.
06/17/2021
Energy enters the US culture wars

Paywalled, but the "On the road..." series promises to be important.

Plus, Tellurian CEO courts meme-stock crowd, US fuel demand rebound and forecasts predict a return to $100-a-barrel oil

Paywalled but important point about carbon pricing and incentivizing coal use (a bad development) in Europe.
05/23/2021
Europe needs to tackle security of energy supply

Paywalled but important point about carbon pricing and incentivizing coal use (a bad development) in Europe.

A faster rise in gas prices than for carbon allowances has incentivised use of coal-fired power plants

An interesting way to track Biden's climate goals.
05/07/2021
Tracking Biden’s environmental actions

An interesting way to track Biden's climate goals.

President Biden is unwinding Donald Trump’s environmental legacy, while forging his own. The Washington Post is chronicling every step.

It is critical to build public trust regarding climate and infrastructure programs.
05/07/2021
How to build public trust in a sustainable energy future

It is critical to build public trust regarding climate and infrastructure programs.

Delivering a successful energy transition rests on inspiring public trust. To do this, companies must use three levers: purpose, actions and transparency.

03/18/2021
www.ft.com

Excellent piece (paywalled) on hydrogen. Avoid excessive exuberance.

Paywalled but an excellent article on hydrogen.
03/08/2021
The race to scale up green hydrogen

Paywalled but an excellent article on hydrogen.

Long heralded as an alternative to fossil fuels, can the gas really help solve the world’s dirtiest energy problems?

A cautionary tale from China on wind and solar development.
03/03/2021
China Turns the Screws on Renewables Just When It Needs Them

A cautionary tale from China on wind and solar development.

After shortchanging renewable energy developers for years to the point where it owes billions of dollars in unpaid subsidies, the Chinese government is now proposing that those companies may have to cancel part of the debt if they want to keep building new projects.

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Paywalled but an important contribution to more sober thinking regarding the future of renewables.
Important read.
Paywalled but a cautionary tale regarding wind power.
Paywalled but an interesting development.
A very interesting story with two sides to it explained.
A rather uncertain outlook for Russian oil production at todays low oil prices.
Paywalled but a good piece on the future -- always seems to be 30 years away -- for fusion nuclear power.
Paywalled but an important read.
Paywalled, but important reminder of what a wild card is.
Paywalled but this raises some very interesting points.
Paywalled but something to watch. We discussed this last night in my class POGO 750 Geopolitics of Energy Security.
HT @RichardMeyerDC This is very significant: the clash between climate and energy policy.