“Finding the right fuel mix” drew a crowd at the Energy Research & Social Science (ER&SS) Conference at Arizona State University on May 30, 2019.
A Georgia Tech team won first place for its net-zero energy, urban single-family home at the 2019 Solar Decathlon Design Challenge at NREL! Partnered with the Grove Park Foundation and Atlanta Habitat for Humanity to make it affordable.
After more than two years of deliberation, last week the City of Atlanta officially adopted a plan to transition to 100% clean energy by 2035.
Georgia Tech hosted the first town hall meeting on the goal, and Matt Cox (a Georgia Tech alum and a PhD from the Climate and Energy Policy) and his team from the Greenlink Group spearheaded the analytical support for the goal. Above is a photo of Matt after making remarks at the final city council vote.
Taxing carbon to account for its environmental and human health damages is the efficient way to cut CO2 emissions. And that’s what most economists are advocating. But progressives appear to prefer the government mandates embedded in the Green New Deal. Both approaches (and others) could probably be made to work…the problem is that we don’t have a majority supporting any single policy intervention. This could cause an enduring stalemate at a time when delayed action is so costly.
Scott Ganz and AEI Resident Fellow Alex Brill recently co-authored an op-ed on Real Clear Policy that examines the economic incidence of a revenue neutral carbon tax across the roughly 3,000 counties in the United States. In their analysis, the revenue associated with a $25 per ton tax is redistributed via a decrease in taxes on wages. Read article.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced its replacement for the Obama-era Clean Power Plan on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018. The Affordable Clean Energy, or ACE, rule would set state guidelines for plans addressing emissions from coal-fired power plants.
Marilyn Brown, who runs the climate and energy policy lab at Georgia Tech, agrees with Morgan that nuclear power is important for addressing climate change, and she said the paper, which she was not involved with, is a fair assessment of the challenges for nuclear.