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Capturing carbon credits from grassland

Successful Farming reports that ranchers are cashing in on sustainable land practices using BCarbon, which measures carbon dioxide removed from the atmosphere and stored in the soil — a standard originating with research by the Baker Institute Center for Energy Studies. Read energy scholar Jim Blackburn's comments here. | May 24, 2022, 10:28 a.m.

How will TX grid fare in the dead of summer?

“In every other energy market, we've been willing to buy and sell from neighbors around the country and around the world. Why we don't do that with electricity really baffles me,” said scholar Dan Cohan as heat waves threaten Texas grid operations. More at CBS-Austin news. | May 18, 2022, 2:08 p.m.

Climate action must coexist with energy industry

"Emphasizing climate action doesn't necessarily mean you wish everyone in the oil and gas industry harm,” energy fellow Jim Krane told the Houston Chronicle. “It's becoming clearer every day that climate action has to coexist with the oil and gas industry." | May 2, 2022, 10:12 a.m.

Blackburn: Current 'Ike Dike' plans fall short

Planners behind the "Ike Dike," the proposed Texas coastal barrier, should think bigger: the seawall should be built to withstand the extreme storms expected to come with climate change, says Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar Jim Blackburn. “They’re building for a Category 1 or 2 storm, but it’s the 3s, 4s and 5s that we should be building for as our planet warms." Read more at | April 19, 2022, 10:16 a.m.