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Arun Majumdar Discusses Breakthrough Energy Technologies and Market Demand

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Arun Majumdar, the former director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), recently shared insights on the agency’s energy technology projects and their potential in the market as part of a lecture series for energy professionals hosted by…

Hal Meets Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua

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On a recent trip to China, Hal met with Xie Zhenhua, Vice Chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and a member of the CPC’s Central Committee. Vice Chairman Xie is in charge of energy development and policy…

Hal at Sesame Workshop / Paulson Institute Panel

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The Paulson Institute and Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind the Sesame Street TV show, recently convened a panel to discuss a new children’s education program in China. Hal was one of the experts who spoke on the panel. The…

Natural Gas, Methane Leakage, and Climate Change

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There is an interesting discussion going on in the scientific literature about the amount of reduction in global warming that might occur through switching from coal to natural gas for electrical power production. The rate of leakage of methane (CH4),…

WBCSD’s “The Energy Mix”

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The World Business Council for Sustainable Development has released a high-quality, 9-page brochure describing the technologies and policies we’ll need through 2050 to avoid exceeding a “budget” of 1 trillion tons of emitted (cumulative) CO2 since the Industrial Revolution. Despite…

IEA’s 2012 Tracking Clean Energy Progress

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Every year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) puts out a report, “Tracking Clean Energy Progress,” which discusses the technologies and financing mechanisms needed to mitigate climate change. Their 2012 report was just released. You can see the whole report at:…

Foreign Affairs Article on Renewable Energy

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Jeffrey Ball, the former environmental editor for the Wall Street Journal, has written an article in Foreign Affairs magazine on renewable energy.  Ball provides an overview of the technology and the current state of economic policy regarding renewables in various…

Hal at the Institute for New Economic Thinking, Berlin

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Hal recently gave a talk in Berlin on incentivizing clean energy development. He points out issues with the claim that a carbon price would enable the free market to solve the problem of carbon pollution, including the political difficulty of…

William Nordhaus and the Climate Skeptics

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On Jan 26, 2012, the Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed signed by sixteen scientists skeptical of climate change.  In support of their view, they cited the work of William Nordhaus, a Yale economics professor who has conducted studies on…

Hal on Discovery Channel’s Curiosity Project

Hal was interviewed for the Discovery Channel’s Curiosity Project, a series which aims to answer interesting and important questions about humanity and our world.  Discovery produced 27 videos from Hal’s interview, which focused on climate change and energy.  You can…