Solar Import Tariff Proposal Splits the Industry

Guest essay by Eric Worrall President Trump is expected to rule imminently on a petition by US solar manufacturer Suniva to impose tariffs on cheap imports of solar panels. Prospect of Trump tariff casts pall over U.S. solar industry Reuters Jul. 25, 2017, 1:03 AM By Nichola Groom LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. solar companies…

Allowable ‘carbon budget’ most likely overestimated

From Eurekalert and the it’s worse than we thought department. Public Release: 24-Jul-2017 Penn State While most climate scientists, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, implicitly define “pre-industrial” to be in the late 1800’s, a true non-industrially influenced baseline is probably further in the past, according to an international team of researchers who are…

Governor Brown Extends California CO2 Cap and Trade Law

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Governor Brown has signed legislation extending California’s Cap and Trade law to 2030. California Challenges President Trump With Cap-and-Trade Law: ‘We Do Not Have to Wait for Washington’ Katy Steinmetz 3:56 PM ET California Gov. Jerry Brown has vowed to lead America when it comes to fighting climate change, as…

Study: ‘glaciers don’t need periods of warming to trigger retreat’

A new model yields insights into glaciers’ retreats and advances, shows cyclic nature of tidewater glaciers From the UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA FAIRBANKS via Eurekalert A University of Alaska Fairbanks study looking at the physics of tidewater glaciers has yielded new insights into what drives their retreat-and-advance cycles and the role that climate plays in these…

Stopping the ‘National Climate Scare’

Guest opinion by Dr. Patrick J. Michaels The Global Change Research Act of 1990 requires the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP; also established in the Act) to provide quadrennial reports to Congress on the effects of climate change on our country.  This hasn’t been explicitly followed (with such reports published in 2000, 2009, and…