Eric de Place

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

Feather in their cap

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 …

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 …

Fighting words

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?

States of the art

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

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 …

60 times the original estimate

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 …

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. …

The Good, The Bad, The Boring

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 …

Reality Check From the Gulf

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 …