In a new Vanity Fair piece, Michael Lewis writes about how the ignorance of inner workings of the Department of Energy (DOE) can lead to nuclear threats.
President Trump claimed that Paris Climate Agreement is a bad deal. Putting money in the Green Climate Fund will hurt the American economy. Two economists make the case that contributing to the Green Climate Fund to help developing countries that are especially vulnerable to climate change not only reflects America's conscience but also makes sense for the American economy.
Despite the denial of human-caused climate change and intention to bring coal back at the federal level, many states are behind a movement to push renewable energy. Surprisingly, the force is the strongest among the reddest states.
The vacancy of global leadership to address climate change opens up an opportunity for China to grasp to grow its "soft power" internationally. Domestically, the massive air pollution with smog haunting hundreds of millions of Chinese in cities has raised the public concern for the environment. Facing both an opportunity and a crisis, China is pushing harder than anyone else on renewable energies. On Point conducts a panel discussion on how China is out to own the sun.
The University of Texas Austin's Energy Institute has created a very cool interactive map to show which types of power plants tend to be the least expensive to build in each county across the contiguous U.S. For how to play with this interactive tool to extract useful information, you can check out this Vox article. The bottom line is: the market is behind renewable energies and natural gas despite the direction of the political effort.
Despite the intention to bring back coal jobs, the market is showing strong for renewable energy such as solar power. From Minnesota to Alabama to Maine, large-scale solar power is quietly sweeping the U.S.
A nationally representative survey conducted after the presidential election by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication shows some positive signs for clean energy.
Shortly before leaving the white house, the now former president Obama published one article on Science, arguing for clean energy.
While the possibility for the U.S. to step back from the Paris accord is real, China may step up to become the international climate leader. According to an economist at the USC, China has three primary incentives to do so, including "reducing coal's cruel impacts, pursuing green and profitable export markets, and investing in soft power."