I was greatly disappointed today to see Pricewaterhouse Cooper’s study, Two degrees of separation: ambition and reality: low-carbon-economy-index-2014, reprinted in an unquestioned form in multiple publications including Vox and Grist. I have a lot of respect for PWC’s work and have covered their reports in the past. This one is highly flawed, and there are a […]

A few weeks ago 350 Massachusetts and Better Future Project published a report laying out exactly why natural gas is no solution for the climate. A Bridge Too Far was created by the 350 Mass Policy Team, of which I am a member. Credit of authorship goes to Joshua Jackson; however I helped vet this […]

I frequently find myself feeling somewhat schizophrenic in the world of the American media. I will be looking at a reality which has very clear features (to me), and I will find it being nearly universally described as something very different. Case in point is the EPA’s announcement today of CO2 regulations for existing power […]

I hope that my readers will forgive a rather lengthy absence from posting. In the last few months, among other things I have completed an article for Solar Server (my day job) on Latin American PV markets, which was many months in the making. The gist is this: Latin America is an exciting place for […]

Having just finished Energy Transitions, the work of widely lauded energy historian and polymath writer Vaclav Smil, I am left disappointed. I must admit that I had high expectations. The book was referred to me by a senior environmental journalist, and given Smil’s reputation I was expecting a very well researched, careful collection of coherent […]

My readers will forgive the delay in posting, and also that before I get to my exploration of Breakthrough Institute’s possible motives for misleading the public on the state of the solar industry, I bring some breaking news. This last Friday, California’s utility-scale solar PV & CSP (concentrating solar power, also known as solar thermal […]

Last week, I had the interesting experience of reading a piece which casts doubt on the future growth of global solar markets, “How Fast Are The Costs Of Solar Really Coming Down?”, by the Breakthrough Institute (BTI) and specifically Alex Trembath. This was novel for me as I don’t read this perspective often. Most of […]


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