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IB2E Current Events December 2, 2014

By John Macomber The slides from today’s discussion about current events are here: IBEE Current Events 2014.12.02 The post that underscored the meaning of lower oil prices is here. By the way, natural gas prices have not dropped along with oil prices (below).  It could be argued that natural gas is a better benchmark for […]

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Poverty vs Global Warming

By Anonymous A comment made by the protagonist in our Aspen case got me thinking: in countries like India that don’t have the existing infrastructure, we have a chance to do it right the first time. It got me thinking about two directly opposing dilemmas: global warming vs global poverty. How do we reconcile the […]

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I Have Hope: How Technology Will Help Solve Our Global Energy & Environmental Challenges

By Anonymous Summary: A look at three companies that are commercializing technologies that profitably eliminate waste streams and generate clean electricity, fuels, and chemicals. Discussion in a well-educated classroom of business and policy students can quickly grow discouraging as we talk about the failure of policy, rising global emissions, the coal build-out in China, and […]

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Stepping back What are the biggest levers to reduce CO2 emissions?

By Franziska In our class discussions we covered a diverse set of corporations with a diverse set of strategies to reduce the amount of CO2 in our atmosphere. These corporations attack different specific problems in various locations around the world and apply diverse technologies and business models. Considering the size of the problem and the […]

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Natural Gas as an Alternative Fuel

By James In the wake of the energy revolution in the United States, it would not seem irrational to assume that the abundance of natural gas recovered via hydraulic fracturing would lead to a host of new wide-spread applications, transportation not-withstanding. Indeed, while consumers and brands have for several years debated the worth and feasibility […]

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Can Vertical Integration Spur Investment?

By Jesse We often run into numerous problems in the search for a viable (and optimal) business model for innovative technologies. In this battle we tend to focus on the business as a standalone entity. For example, as we studied Brightsource we benchmarked concentrated solar vs photovoltaics, and when looking at Electric Vehicles we tried […]

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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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EU 2030 Targets – sending weak signals

By Kat Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, Oct. 23–24, the EU Commission outlined its plans for climate and energy policy until 2030. French President François Hollande said the deal would send a clear message to big polluters such as China and the United States ahead of UN talks in Paris next year to agree global legally […]

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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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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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