Houston and Detroit – Twin Cities?

How can Houston avoid becoming the next Detroit? Diversity into clean energy...

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Uncertainty in Climate Regulations Detrimental to the Environment and the Economy

A variety of climate risks are starting to have a noticeable impact on how we do business. These risks can be physical climate risk, both chronic and acute, which directly impact operations; financial risks, such as divestment; regulatory/policy risks, such as carbon pricing or risk disclosure requirements; and reputational risks. In the next series of…

Future Power Sector…you still have a water problem

I wrote last week about the dependency of our power sector on water to keep the power plants cool and to produce power. The ways to reduce this dependency are to move toward more power sources that are air cooled, such as combined heat and power, renewables, such as solar PV and wind or what…

Electric Power Sector…you have a water problem

Our electric sector has a significant water problem. This is not news to much of us in the industry, particularly those of us who think about the energy/water nexus. A couple of my favorite Texas energy/water nexus experts I like to follow are here and here. I was working on a presentation for a talk…

Jumping the Gun on Carbon Asset Risk Disclosure?

One of the primary focus areas of this site is to push for greater transparency in the market around climate risk to the private sector (here and here). I mentioned in a previous post that the oil and gas sector alone could potentially see $2.2 trillion of stranded fossil fuel assets, with the United States…

Policy Snapshot: Understanding the Withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement

Earlier this week I posted about to what extent the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement matters. I wrote a separate blog post over at HARC, a sustainability focused research institute in The Woodland, TX.   Here is an excerpt...   On Thursday, June 1st, President Trump and his Administration withdrew the United States from the…

The United States’ Withdrawal from the Paris Agreement – Does it matter?

At first glance one can argue that the US withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement hurts the United State's standing in the climate mitigation arena and puts the entire agreement at risk. The US has abdicated its leadership position on climate and is turning its back on the global effort to mitigate climate change. That…