Dirty little secrets: Inferring fossil-fuel subsidies from patterns in emission intensities

Radek Stefanski 30 May 2014

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An astonishing feature of international energy and climate policy is that fossil fuels – often seen as the primary contributor to climate change – receive enormous government support (IMF 2013, IEA 2012). Surprisingly, no comprehensive database of directly measured, comparable fossil-fuel subsidies exists at the international level. This is both because of political pressure from the direct beneficiaries of subsidies and because of the immense complexity of the task given the profusion and diversity of subsidy programmes across countries (Koplow 2009, OECD 2012).

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Topics:  Energy Environment

Tags:  energy, emissions, pollution, subsidies, fossil fuels, energy subsidy, carbon

Economic analysis of the US unconventional oil and gas revolution

Mathilde Mathieu, Thomas Spencer, Oliver Sartor 22 March 2014

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The recent rapid growth in the production of unconventional oil and gas (shale gas and tight oil) in the US has led to a significant decrease of natural gas prices as well as reduced oil imports. This has raised questions about the impacts of the unconventional oil and gas revolution on the US macroeconomy, industrial competitiveness, and energy sector. It has also raised questions about its implications for the EU (e.g. Beffa and Cromme 2013).

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Topics:  Energy Environment

Tags:  energy, US, environment, oil, gas, shale gas, fracking, tight oil, energy independence

Nuclear expansion or phase-out? Costs and opportunities

Enrica De Cian, Samuel Carrara, Massimo Tavoni 22 December 2013

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"We learned from Fukushima that we have to deal differently with risks… We believe we as a country can be a trailblazer for a new age of renewable energy sources… We can be the first major industrialized country that achieves the transition to renewable energy with all the opportunities – for exports, development, technology, jobs – it carries with it.” Angela Merkel (distinct quotes).

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Topics:  Energy Environment

Tags:  R&D, energy, climate change, environment, climate policy, carbon pricing, energy mix, nuclear power

Green growth? Evidence from energy taxes in Europe

Richard S J Tol, Seán Lyons 12 November 2011

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Politicians around the world like to argue that climate policy will create jobs and stimulate innovation. Such a message is largely unsupported but more palatable than the typical result of academic research that shows that climate policy would increase the costs of energy and slow down economic growth (Clarke et al 2009).

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Topics:  Energy Environment EU policies

Tags:  energy, Green growth, energy taxes

Does daylight saving time save electricity?

Matthew J. Kotchen, Laura E. Grant 05 December 2008

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Each year, 76 countries practice Daylight Saving Time (DST), referred to as Summer Time in the EU. By setting clocks forward one hour in the spring and turning them back one hour in the fall, DST effectively moves an hour of sunlight from morning to evening. The policy directly affects more than 1.6 billion people worldwide, making it among the most widespread regulations on the planet.

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Topics:  Energy

Tags:  energy, daylight saving time, electricity

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