The UN Energy and Climate Change Advisory Group Recommends…

May 2, 2010

 Dear Friends. This is my last article as Lead Author of this blog. Although I plan to continue my research on all issues related to energy in the Americas, I am ready for new challenges and projects. I will make sure to post the occasional article as a guest contributor in this blog space. 

Meanwhile, take good care and keep in touch.  Best, Annette.

On Wednesday I scooted out to New York to attend the meeting/release of the report/recommendations put forth by the UN Secretary General Energy and Climate Change Advisory Group. The gist of their mandate is to help the UN system understand and act on the nexus between energy and environment. Read the rest of this entry »


U.S. carbon rules pose oil sands hurdles

January 9, 2010

This article by Shawn McCarthy was published in the Globe and Mail on January 6, 2010.

Canada’s oil sands producers face the prospect of a patchwork of costly climate regulations in their key U.S. markets as American states step up their efforts to adopt California-style low-carbon fuel standards.

Dozens of states are moving ahead with regulations that would penalize more carbon-intensive fuels like those made from oil sands bitumen, and encourage the use of greener alternatives. The states are proceeding amid growing doubts about President Barack Obama’s ability to get cap-and-trade legislation through Congress this year. Read the Rest of this Entry >>

Reframing Global Environmental Governance: Results of a CIGI/CIS Collaboration

December 8, 2009

This working paper was authored by Steven Bernstein, Jennifer Clapp and Matthew Hoffmann and published by CIGI in advance of COP-15 taking place now in Copenhagen.

Global environmental governance is undergoing significant change. There is growing recognition that the traditional state-centric intergovernmental model of addressing global environmental problems is insufficient in the face of increasingly complex and overlapping environmental issues. There are serious questions about the ability or willingness of states, individually and collectively, to respond to the most pressing environmental challenges. The erosion of confidence in and the dominance of a state-centric governance model has simultaneously resulted from and provoked significant innovation. Read the rest of this entry »


California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard hit the Energy Sector

October 18, 2009

This policy brief, which will be followed by two companion pieces, was commissioned by Oxford Analytica. The two other pieces, one dealing with the impact on Alberta’s oil sands and the other on Brazil potential ethanol exports will be posted in the next few days.

SUBJECT: The impact of the California Air Resources Board’s new fuel lifecycle assessment rules on the energy industry in North America. Read the rest of this entry »


North American Leaders’ Declaration on Climate Change and Clean Energy

August 10, 2009

Courtesy of the White House

We, the leaders of North American reaffirm the urgency and necessity of taking aggressive action on climate change. We stress that the experience developed during the last 15 years in the North American region on environmental cooperation, sustainable development, and clean energy research, development, and deployment constitutes a valuable platform for climate change action, and we resolve to make use of the opportunities offered by existing bilateral and trilateral institutions. Read the rest of this entry »


North American Leaders Summit: Energy Deliverables

August 10, 2009

August 9-10, 2009 – Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Courtesy of the White House

Energy and climate change will be an important element of the trilateral discussions at the North American Leaders Summit, to be held in Guadalajara, Mexico, on August 9-10, 2009. Read the rest of this entry »


Energy and Climate Change at the North American Leaders Summit

August 8, 2009

Sarah Ladislaw, guest contributor
This posting is a courtesy of Washington based CSIS Energy and Environment Research Group

Will energy and climate change be on the agenda for the upcoming North American Leaders Meeting? Read the rest of this entry »