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Correcting faulty math on renewable energy

Check your math, Bryce. Photo: themacgirlThis post originally appeared on the Great Energy Challenge blog, in partnership with National Geographic and Planet Forward. This article was coauthored by Sam Borgeson and Kevin Fingerman, University of California, Berkeley Energy and Resources Group doctoral students. Renewable energy: Scientists, governments, and significant elements of the business community now are in agreement that it is the basis around which we can build a low-carbon, sustainable, global energy economy. And yet, misinformation is being propagated by interests favoring the status quo. A June 7 op-ed, The Gas is Greener, by Robert Bryce in The New …

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Reducing (massive) fossil-fuel subsidies as key as carbon price in the climate fight

This post originally appeared on the Development in a Changing Climate blog at the World Bank, where Kammen is chief technical specialist for renewable energy and energy efficiency. It also appeared on the Great Energy Challenge blog, a National Geographic and Planet Forward project.  In a low-key way, the last few days at COP-16 accomplished more than I have seen at a COP climate meeting for some time (and I have been attending them for over a decade now). For example, there have been a series of business-led discussions and proposals on how to develop energy-efficiency master plans at all …