Climate Change webchat with Charles Ebinger

Charles Ebinger posted to my questions during a Brookings Institute webchat on climate change, held on April 28th, 2010. Charles Ebinger specializes in international and domestic energy markets (oil, gas, coal and nuclear), the geopolitics of energy with a particular focus on the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Ebinger has served as an energy policy advisor to over 50 governments. He is also the Director, Energy Security Initiative Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution The Stephen and Barbara Friedman Senior Fellow [Comment From Arnie: ] In the midst of our financial meltdown, it would seem that adding GHG reduction to GDP or the various indexes contained in section 12:10 of the UN Systems of National Accounts, will do two things– allow for greater productivity in GHG reduction, and help the US financially– of course assuming that Goldman Sachs current hedge is betting on the demise of the US economy:) Wednesday April 28, 2010 1:01 Arnie 1:01 Charlie Ebinger: I agree 100% [Comment From Arnie: ] Much of this debate is focused on centralized energy production and distribution. Has there been a study that examines whether or not local communities would prefer decentralized energy production and distribution? With new generation hydrogen fuel cell technology and waste management, there appears to be an opportunity for local communities to pursue this. Wednesday April 28, 2010 1:20 Arnie 1:21 Charlie Ebinger: There is a great deal that local communities can do with distributed generation but for this to happen we need a complete dissemination of the smart grid for which we are at least 15 years away 1:25 [Comment From Arnie ] How can we pursue “smart-grid” when legislation (in Los Angeles and I presume other cities), do not allow for power sharing? Wednesday April 28, 2010 1:25 Arnie 1:26 Charlie Ebinger: There are a number of regulatory and legal issues that have to be addressed but there are smart grid pilot projects underway from which we should learn more about how to remove the obstacles to its national implementation.]]>

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