All articles from David J. Unger

  • EPA chief: New climate rules are safe from courts, Congress

    EPA's Clean Power Plan will survive challenges in court, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said Tuesday at a Monitor-hosted event. Ms. McCarthy said the agency wrote its rules – which would cut US power plant emissions 30 percent by 2030 – with legal challenges in mind.

  • A landmark ruling on climate change [Recharge]

    A court orders the Dutch government to speed up climate efforts; GOP pushback on EPA’s Clean Power Plan gains traction; Russia moves forward with another plan to bypass Ukraine in shipping gas to Europe. Catch up on global energy with the Monitor's Recharge.

  • Pope Francis and climate change [Recharge]

    Pope Francis reignites the moral aspect of energy and climate debates. A new report warns the world will blow past its climate goals. Iraq's oil boom persist against all odds. Catch up on global energy with Recharge.  

  • China's surprising climate progress [Recharge]

    China is ahead of schedule on climate change, a new study shows; G7 leaders call for global decarbonization; the US takes the lead on oil production. Catch up on global energy with the Monitor's Recharge.

  • OPEC maintains output. Is anyone steering oil markets?

    The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced it would keep oil output unchanged during its meeting Friday. That inaction won't answer any of the myriad questions surrounding the future of the world's most dominant fuel.

  • Dear UN, put a price on carbon. Yours truly, Big Oil.

    Major European oil firms have called on world leaders to put a global price on carbon. It's a sign of growing unity around a potential tool for slowing climate change, but not everyone is on board.

  • How secure is global oil? [Recharge]

    US oil abundance helps to counteract vulnerabilities in the Middle East; the Obama Administration opens up a second front in environmental policy; North America reimagines energy trade. Catch up on global energy with the Monitor's Recharge.

  • Can US meet its climate goals? New study says ‘Yes’

    Ahead of global climate talks in December, a new study outlines how the US can meet its ambitious goals to cut back on carbon emissions.

  • Putting a price on cheap energy [Recharge]

    An IMF study examines global energy subsidies; China cuts back on coal; World leaders set the table for Paris climate talks. Catch up on global energy with the Monitor's Recharge.

  • Back to the Arctic for oil and gas [Recharge]

    Shell gets a green light to return to the Arctic; What TPP means for LNG; The shale boom slows down. Catch up on global energy with the Monitor's Recharge.

  • Pacific trade deal or no, Japan eyes US gas riches

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal could accelerate and expand energy US-Japan energy trade as Japan looks to fill a gap left by a nuclear power ban. But with or without TPP, analysts say Japan is poised to buy a lot of US natural gas.

  • Energy in the age of disruption [Recharge]

    Technology breakthroughs challenge the future of oil; Conservatives shape energy policy in the UK; Solar power's potential hangs in the balance. Catch up on global energy with the Monitor's Recharge.

  • Missing pieces and the future of energy [Recharge]

    Tesla Motors goes big on batteries; Oil prices have a fragile rally; Japan backslides on climate efforts. Stay current on global energy with the Monitor's Recharge.

  • Harvard and Bill Gates targeted: What's behind the fossil fuel divestment push?

    In the 1980s, it was apartheid.  Now, divestment is being used to target fossil fuelsIn April, a group of Harvard University students called on the school to divest its $36 billion endowment of fossil fuel companies. They are part of a growing movement that is putting pressure on coal, oil, and natural gas companies.The Guardian launched a "Keep it in the Ground" campaign in mid-March to get The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Welcome Fund (a medical charity) to divest its $43.5 billion endowment from fossil fuel assets.

  • In 2014, economies grew, emissions did not

    Previous years of CO2 'flatlining' came with economic contraction, but that wasn't the case last year. That kind of carbon-stable expansion of wealth hasn’t happened in four decades, says the International Energy Agency.

  • Why the EU bit the hand that fuels it [Recharge]

    The EU levels formal antitrust charges against Gazprom; Japan's nuclear restart has its ups and downs; President Obama talks climate change in the Everglades. Catch up on global energy with Recharge.

  • US energy's big transformation [Recharge]

    The US approaches a critical mass in a shift to lower-carbon fuels; Shell makes a big bet on the future of LNG; Caribbean nations turn to the north for energy solutions. Catch up on global energy with Recharge.

  • Energy in a thirsty world [Recharge]

    Why the future of energy is inextricably linked to the future of water; A double dip in the oil markets; Energy politics heat up in Washington. Catch up on global energy with Recharge.

  • Oil prices plunge to 6-year-low. Why gas prices won't follow suit.

    After rebounding in February, oil prices hit a 6-year-low on oversupply concerns. But this time around, the drop in crude prices may not mean as big a drop in gas prices as you might think. 

  • Why global emissions stalled last year [Recharge]

    Worldwide emissions stall despite continued global economic growth; US solar has a banner year; China scales up on nuclear power. Catch up on global energy with Recharge.