Eric de Place

Eric de Place is a senior researcher at Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based sustainability think tank.

Climate Policy

Regional cap-and-trade saves jobs and money

This post originally appeared at Sightline’s Daily Score blog. I’m not big on parroting press releases, but I’m going to make an exception for Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), the Northeast’s carbon cap-and-trade program. RGGI is quietly demonstrating that carbon markets …

Business & Technology

E.U. carbon fraud: Could it happen here?

Cross-posted from Sightline’s Daily Score blog. Europe’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) cap-and-trade system has taken a somewhat undeserved drubbing in the press. Overall, it has functioned reliably and reasonably efficiently. Most of the alleged “Carbon Fraud!” you hear about in some …


The 'War on Cars': A brief history of a rhetorical device

Back in October, I started noticing the accusation that Seattle is waging a "war on cars" was popping up an awful lot in the local press, and in suspicious ways. Where did this inflammatory language come from?

Climate & Energy

Regional cap-and-trade advances

Everyone is disappointed about climate policy prospects. I can't say that I'm thrilled, but we should take heart at what's happening on the state level

Climate & Energy

The way forward after the Senate's climate failure

Here’s President Obama in April 2009: Now, the choice we face is not between saving our environment and saving our economy.  The choice we face is between prosperity and decline. As of yesterday, it looks like we’re gonna go with decline. …

Climate & Energy

Gulf oil spill: A timeline of the estimates

The image says it all, I think: As has been remarked elsewhere, if the latest low-end estimate is accurate — that the leak is spewing approximately 2.5 million gallons per day — then the rupture is emitting as much oil about …

Climate & Energy

American Power Act: Allowance allocation

Following up on last week’s preliminary analysis of the Kerry-Lieberman climate bill, here’s a closer look at how allowances are distributed under the cap-and-trade program. High level: the allowances allocated over the life of the program, from 2013 to 2050, …

Climate & Energy

Kerry-Lieberman climate bill: The details

Editor’s Note: Please bear in mind that this is a “first read” of a very large piece of legislation. It was researched and written within 24 hours of the bill’s publication. The Kerry-Lieberman climate bill emerged yesterday mid-morning, weighing in …

Climate & Energy

Something’s wrong when our best option is burning an oil slick

Yesterday was a good day for an energy policy reality check. Because we are in a place where the environmentally responsible choice is lighting a giant oil slick on fire. And that really is the best option available to us …