Entries Tagged as 'News & Commentary'

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

What Would China’s Carbon Tax Regime Look Like

My Twitter stream is bubbling with excitement about China’s introduction of carbon tax: Quartz, Think Progress, etc. all reported on the Xinhua report, but the larger context is missing and the key questions about the implementation are not answered.   It’s an environmental tax, not a carbon tax The first thing I want to clarify [...]

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Hey, I Discovered a New Continent!

Check out those three articles, what do they have in common? CNN Money: Japan Owns Almost as Much U.S. Debt as China, by Chris Isidore Forbes: Community Wind Projects Poised To Take Off In Denmark, by Justin Gerdes The Next Web: China Mobile Remains World’s Largest Operator, India’s Bharti up to Fourth: Report, by Jon [...]

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Perhaps an Important Article Calling for Reform?

An article published yesterday on CCP’s flagship magazine Qiushi has been receiving a lot of attention. South China Morning Post reports with the startling headline “Reform or perish, journal warns Communist Party“. It is also covered by Xinhua: “CPC magazine praises reform, opening-up policy“. When I first read it, however, I was not impressed: it [...]

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

NEA Releases 12th FYP for Solar Power Development

The Chinese National Energy Administration (NEA) just unveiled the Twelfth Five Year Plan for Solar Power Development (“The Plan”), in which it laid out the general principals, overall goals, and key tasks for China’s solar energy development. The Plan set the goal at 21 GW solar installation capacity by 2015, with an annual power generation of [...]

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Chinese Newspaper Gloating over India’s Massive Blackout

Yesterday I wrote something nice about China’s blackout response, and today I read this article a Chinese newspaper 21 Century Economic Report: India’s Massive Blackout Proves “Indian Model” Overrated (in Chinese). It starts with this: The massive blackout in India in the past three days are the most severe power outrage in human history. It [...]

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

So You Knew the Anti-Dumping Tariffs on Chinese Solar Cells

You are thinking a preliminary 31.22% tariff for Suntech, 31.14% for Trina, 31.18% for 59 others companies, and finally 249.49% for all other Chinese companies — that’s crazy! (Or wonderful, depending on which side you are on.) What now? First: Don’t panic! Obviously this would crank up the PV prices and hurt the US developers. Yet [...]

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Japan Adopts Feed in Tarrif for Renewable Energy

The Japanese Diet passed The Act on Special Measures concerning the Procurement of Renewable Electric Energy by Operators of Electric Utilities, a feed-in tarrif law that would require utilities to purchase from renewable energy sources, effective on July 1, 2012. It encompasses the following renewable sources, and as you can see, solar is going to [...]

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

If You Want to Increase Green Jobs in US, Do Not Start a Trade War with China

It’s easy to blame China for the failure of U.S. solar firms, but SolarWorld and other six unnamed U.S. companies’ anti-dumping and countervailing duty case against Chinese solar panel manufacturers has the potential to hurt, rather than help, the green economy in the U.S. Here is why: Solar panel manufacturing is a highly capital intensive industry, [...]

Saturday, May 14th, 2011

UPDATE: Justice Stevens said Killing Bin Laden was Legal

Continuing the previous post on the legal concerns surrounding the operation that killed Osama bin Laden, this just came in: Retired Justice John Paul Stevens – one of my favorite Supreme Court Justices – said that killing Osama Bin Laden was legal (WSJ reports): “It was not merely to do justice and avenge Sept. 11,” but “to remove [...]

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Obama’s “Bin Laden is Dead” Speech

1. Word cloud of the speech   2. Ratings Mashable reports that it received the highest TV rating since his election:     3. On “I can report… I directed… I determined…” You might noticed that in the middle of the speech when describing the operation, President Obama used more “I”s than normal. The Fabius [...]