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US Shift to Natural Gas – Effects on EU Coal Consumption

By Samantha T. A theme we have discussed several times in class is that rich countries have the luxury to choose which energy sources they want to use, while poor countries do not. What we often do not discuss however is how one country’s choices may impact the options available to other countries. I want […]

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Can LCSF Credits Make Carbon Engineering’s Direct-Air-Capture Viable?

By Okan O. Carbon Engineer’s Direct-Air-Capture is a great solution to dealing with decentralized carbon emissions. However, it can only make a difference if it is economically viable. The Direct-Air-Capture model creates value by selling captured CO2 to enhance oil recovery projects and by selling California Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCSF) credits. But how high […]

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Expanding the win-win set for business and the environment.

By Vidushi Tekriwal I was intrigued by a notion Professor Henderson introduced in the Walmart case, and I have been impressed by the insight it has added in several cases we’ve studied since then, particularly the McDonald’s case today.  I find it to be a very eloquent way of articulating the central dilemma that even […]

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The History and Future of the Chicago Climate Exchange

By Anonymous In our case on the Aspen Skiing Company, we learned of the company’s initiative to join the Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) in 2005. The system was labeled as the only “voluntary, self-regulating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions-reduction” program in the United States. Organizations that pledged to join the CCX made a legally binding commitment […]

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The Benefits of CAFE are at Risk

By Lee The Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) is the regulation enacted by the US congress in 1975 to advance increases in the fuel economy of cars and light trucks sold in the US.  As a point of reference, the 2013 CAFE requirement for new small passenger cars is 37 MPG, and this increases to […]

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The interplay between Greenpeace and corporations

By Jackie Rogers The last two classes (on Aspen’s participation in the Kleercut boycott and McDonald’s efforts to create and maintain a sustainable supply chain) have highlighted to me the complex interplay between NGOs (such as Greenpeace) and profit-focused corporations. While I admit that I can’t quite shake my skepticism of Greenpeace and its often […]

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Practical difficulties in allocating scarce resources: Murray-Darling Basin

By Bec We saw in our case on the California water crisis just how important it is to correctly allocate scarce resources.  That case led me to think about water allocation back home in Australia, where the Murray-Darling Basin Authority attempts to balance the demands from farmers and environmentalists, and considers both the short-term and […]

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Big Oil: Greenwashing sustainability?

By Jessica Over the years “Big Oil” has tried to improve their corporate image by introducing environmental and sustainable initiatives as well as by diversifying into alternative and renewable energy. However, I argue that Big Oil is not making a strategic shift to become fundamentally more sustainable but rather is doing the minimum required to […]

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How to best employ nuclear power and natural gas in the United States

By Jason W. Carmen Nobel’s 10/7/13 Working Knowledge article “The Case for Combating Climate Change with Nuclear Power and Fracking” highlighted Professor Lassiter’s thoughts on the role of nuclear power and natural gas and caused me to think about how to employ these abundant, more carbon friendly fuels in the context of US energy consumption.  […]

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The Future of Utility-Scale Electrical Storage

By Mike V. This post will discuss the future of utility-scale electrical storage, but first some updates on solar power which was discussed earlier in the class.  There is good reason to dwell on technological and financial progress of such topics, as all the corporate sustainability issues discussed in class ultimately have a cost hurdle.  […]

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