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Leaving the Paris Agreement: When Politics Trump Economics, Science, and Reason

By Christopher Ito and Lucy Di Rosa This afternoon, President Trump announced his intention for the US to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement. We’ve written about the risks, difficulties, and expense of withdrawing from Paris before; you can read our posts about that and our observations about Trump and energy policy here and here. In terms of the logistical, political, and financial impact, it is not clear at this moment what it...

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For Earth Day: US Changes in Energy Policy and The Carbon Underground 200

By Lucy Di Rosa and Michael Palmieri Several weeks ago, we posted a piece about how we thought the changes in direction in energy policy by the Trump administration could affect the transition to a clean-energy economy. As 192 countries around the world celebrate Earth Day this weekend, we know that climate change is on the minds of many, and that any major changes in policy favoring an increased reliance on fossil fuels will increase the...

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Navigating the Twists and Turns Towards a Clean-Energy Economy

By Lucy Di Rosa and Ryan Elivo As we compose this post, Donald Trump is in the first month of his presidency. The new administration’s words and actions regarding climate change and energy policy portend a stark departure from the stances of the Obama Administration. For several years, the international community has been promoting the shift towards a clean-energy economy, and the US has been one of the leaders in causing this shift. Many...

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Energy, Climate Change, and the Election of 2016

By Christopher Ito and Lucy Di Rosa The election of 2016 is over, and now we are preparing for the reality that Donald Trump will be our next President. Based on Mr. Trump’s written statement about his first 100 days and other campaign rhetoric, it is reasonable to assume that he intends to reverse policies and reduce government funding that insure against the worst economic, physical, and social impacts of a changing climate. His...

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Identifying the Oil Sands Investments in Your Portfolio: Why It’s Important, How We Can Help

There is no question on the definition of fossil fuels. Oil, coal, and their derivative products are well understood. Fossil fuel companies, on the other hand, can be harder for investors to identify. For example, Maersk is generally known as a shipping giant. Mitsui & Co. is known for its iron and steel business. However, both companies hold large reserves of fossil fuels and, as a result, have ranked in every edition of our Carbon...

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