March 14th, 2020 | by Jesper Berggreen
On March 9th, the Danish Climate Council presented a number of recommendations aimed at achieving Denmark's 70% reduction of greenhouse gases by 2030. The transition requires both rapid implementations of known clean technologies as well as a long-term strategic effort. Is it going to be hard? Of course it is! Do we have to do it? Of course we do!
March 14th, 2020 | by Barry A.F.
When I first read about the $10 billion from Jeff Bezos to fight climate change, my first thought was, "Where will it be spent?"
February 10th, 2020 | by Winter Wilson
In the second half of this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan continues his discussion with Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, about the climate action plans (and other political matters) of current presidential candidates. This second part of a two-part series spends a lot of time discussing Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, and the evolution (or devolution) in the Democratic Party and Republican Party
February 9th, 2020 | by Winter Wilson
In this episode of our CleanTech Talk podcast interview series, Zach Shahan sits down again with Michael Barnard, Chief Strategist of TFIE Strategy Inc. and CleanTechnica contributor, to talk about the climate action plans of current presidential candidates. This first part of a two-part series spends a lot of time discussing the Kamala Harris campaign (RIP) and Mike Bloomberg's unique entry and position
December 15th, 2019 | by Cynthia Shahan
As some act to stall progress, the forward motion provided by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and all she represents is a remarkable step forward. Presenting a Green Deal plan for Europe at the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, she and her colleagues took a seed from US progressives and gave it the watering and care it needed in the fertile ground of Europe
December 13th, 2019 | by Cynthia Shahan
One of CleanTechnica's first rate, well written, most fascinating articles this year was one by Maarten Vinkhuyzen, who wrote, "A perfect storm is brewing above the automotive industry. Three hardly grasped phenomena are working together. Just like a real storm, when the conditions align in the best/worst way, we get a devastating superstorm. These phenomena (or events) are the Osborne effect of delayed demand, the technology (cost) curve of battery prices and other technology, and the S-curve that describes market acceptance of new technologies."
December 3rd, 2019 | by Ciara Gillan
Last month, the IMF released its Fiscal Monitor, a biannual report on how to mitigate climate change. The report argued that it is possible to switch from a reliance on fossil fuels to cleaner energy and still sustain vigorous economic growth and generate employment. However, for this to take place, countries needed to distribute the costs and benefits in a manner that supported those that really needed it.
November 8th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
With Buttigieg surging, and CleanTechnica’s deep dives into the front runners (and Yang’s) plans completed, it’s time for the overview comparison, now with Mayor Pete added
November 7th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
Pete Buttigieg's climate action plan is not nearly as strong as Warren's, and the lack of funding puts it close to the level of Biden's at the bottom of the heap. The major saving grace is the price on carbon
October 24th, 2019 | by Ciara Gillan
According to a yearly in-depth report from the World Bank in June 2019, 57 countries have committed to implementing or scheduling carbon pricing initiatives, including a carbon tax. So far, 46 national and 28 subnational jurisdictions have adopted carbon pricing to help reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and keep in line with their 2030 objectives and the Paris Agreement. And since last year’s report, 11 more countries have committed to scheduling carbon pricing for implementation
October 18th, 2019 | by Jesper Berggreen
In the beginning of September the newly elected Danish government, comprised of the parties Socialdemokratiet, Radikale, Socialistisk Folkeparti, and Enhedslisten, started its work on a new climate law. Denmark already has a climate law in place from the former Venstre led government, but it was not overly ambitious and not legally binding
October 8th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
Canada has been a global leader for decades. We are part of the G7 and G20. Canada and the world can't afford a return to Conservative leadership until they join us in this century
October 1st, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
BC's climate action plans are excellent, but the province can't go it alone. At 5 million people and $240 billion CAD in GDP, it's too small
September 8th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
Warren's climate plan is a progressive patriot's dream plan. Unions, supply management, the moonshot and WWII are all present. And jobs. Lots of jobs
September 6th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
Yang’s single largest dollar expenditure, 62% of his US$4.9 trillion budget, would only impact 2% to 5% of US energy consumption. And his investments on geoengineering, fusion, and thorium nuclear generation are purely wasted expenditures
July 27th, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
Three data points -- polling, a Climate Caucus and a senior Trump supporter saying he should accept climate change -- suggest Republican denial is thawing
July 19th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Let’s face it. Flying is a dreadful idea if the objective is to lower total global carbon emissions. While the [&hellip
July 14th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Economic experts in Germany say the fastest way to meet the country's carbon reduction goals is to impose a fee on carbon emissions of between 25 and 50 euros per ton. Just don't call it a tax!
April 5th, 2019 | by Nexus Media
For the last forty-odd years, the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC, has been a mainstay of the conservative movement and major force in shaping state laws. The organization brings together state lawmakers and corporate leaders to draft business-friendly policies that are then ferried to statehouses around the country
February 2nd, 2019 | by Michael Barnard
A fleet of 15 full-sized Tesla Model S taxis driven the same as a fleet of gas limousines would emit a sixth of the CO2 over the full lifecycle
January 5th, 2019 | by Matt Pressman
The Tesla Semi has captivated scores of corporate customers. Pre-orders for Elon Musk's electric trucks are growing. Competitors, however, aren't so impressed. The Wall Street Journal spoke with a potential adversary in the trucking space, Cummins, for their take on Tesla, electric trucks, and their thoughts on how governments around the world should deal with carbon emissions
December 8th, 2018 | by Kyle Field
We spoke with the Frans Nauta, the founder of ClimateLaunchpad, at the Global Grand Final to get the inside scoop on what early stage startup themes were really taking off, which areas he wasn't seeing teams do as much work in, and what keeps him going
November 8th, 2018 | by Jeremy Bloom
Congressman Carlos Curbelo's Florida district is getting swamped by the rising seas of climate change. Likewise, he and half of the GOP members of the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus he founded were swamped last night by the Democratic blue wave that washed over the country. Twenty members escaped the bloodbath, while 23 either retired in the face of the blue wave or lost their re-election bids last night, leaving an uncertain future (the fates of the two GOP delegates from Samoa and Puerto Rico have not yet been reported)