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David Hone
Climate Change Adviser, Shell Group

David Hone

David Hone is the climate change adviser for the Shell Group and vice chairman of the International Emissions Trading Association. He also works closely with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.

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EPA is an expensive fallback

The EPA route isn't going to be the best way to do it because it may well result in higher costs for the economy than is actually necessary to reduce emissions.

By David Hone | June 15, 2010; 04:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Oil and energy

A bill in 2010 need not be vastly complex but could still set a strong direction for the future through an economy wide cap-and-trade approach coupled with tougher efficiency standards in the transport sector.

By David Hone | June 4, 2010; 06:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

The role of gas to 2020

Replacing 100 GW of current coal capacity with natural gas could result in an emissions drop in the U.S. of some 400 million tons per annum.

By David Hone | May 25, 2010; 07:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

The case for offshore development

When such an event occurs it is also important to put it in perspective. Incidents of this magnitude are incredibly rare, not just in the U.S., but globally as well.

By David Hone | May 5, 2010; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (9)

So we "scramble" on

With action in developed countries slowing down, it is hard to build the case for comprehensive action globally.

By David Hone | May 4, 2010; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Proliferation or not?

Q: At this week's international nuclear summit in Washington, D.C., one of the key issues being addressed was nuclear proliferation. To what extent would a rapid expansion of nuclear power, particularly in developing countries, raise the risk of nuclear proliferation?...

By David Hone | April 16, 2010; 08:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Efficiency matters

Simply defining energy independence as an ability to meet all domestic demand from domestic supply is almost certain to lead to high cost outcomes that will fall short of their objective.

By David Hone | March 31, 2010; 06:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

CCS: Neither bullet nor hype

The starting point in the discussion on carbon capture and storage (CCS) has to be that much used phrase, "There are no silver bullets". It is true of CCS as well.

By David Hone | March 24, 2010; 12:57 PM ET | Comments (1)

The importance of offsets

There is no doubt that demand for offsets is slipping as room within the EU Trading System for them is limited and uncertainly prevails over the future of cap-and-trade systems outside the EU. Falling prices means less project activity, bringing...

By David Hone | March 23, 2010; 08:19 AM ET | Comments (1)

Physics rules (well it should)

No doubt this will be argued from both sides -- from those that say it is just a natural phenomena to those who argue it is yet another worrying sign of a tipping point.

By David Hone | March 9, 2010; 06:57 AM ET | Comments (8)

A potentially costly pathway forward

Given the gridlock in Congress over the climate bill, is the Obama administration's fallback strategy to let EPA regulate greenhouse gas emissions a good idea? There is no doubt that the USA needs to act from a federal perspective on...

By David Hone | February 26, 2010; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (3)

Understanding the risks

There is little doubt that much is still to be learned about this great physics experiment we are undertaking in our atmosphere by changing its composition.

By David Hone | February 18, 2010; 05:20 AM ET | Comments (2)

A big job to do in just 10 years

Answering this question requires some thinking about the task at hand. What does the USA have to do between now and 2020 to meet the goal it has tabled under the Copenhagen Accord (a 17 percent reduction between 2005 and 2020).

By David Hone | February 11, 2010; 10:06 AM ET | Comments (5)

A focus on the data

There is little doubt that the current public perception of climate change science is one of disarray and uncertainty. What appeared solid as recently as mid-2009 has been hit hard from all sides by a series of events.

By David Hone | January 27, 2010; 06:46 AM ET | Comments (17)

It shouldn't make a difference!

The shift in the balance of power in the Senate may well have a negative impact on the cap-and-trade aspect of the energy / climate bill, but it really shouldn't. Political opponents the world over seem to be debating the science of climate change, when almost without exception, the very scientific institutions that they finance are telling them that there is a problem that needs addressing.

By David Hone | January 21, 2010; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (4)

The weather belongs on the evening news

How can a warming world experience such weather? Therein lies the issue -- short term weather phenomena is not the same as long term climate change.

By David Hone | January 13, 2010; 08:34 AM ET | Comments (2)

Responding to future impacts

The decisions we have made and are in the process of making are already based on an assessment of the future impacts of elevated CO2 levels in the atmosphere. But as the science has become better understood over the last...

By David Hone | January 7, 2010; 07:20 AM ET | Comments (3)

Trust, but verify

The Copenhagen Accord is neither a continuation of the status quo or a new deal, but a hybrid of the two. Whilst it maintains the core elements of the Kyoto Protocol, it also introduces the United States into the international framework whilst at the same time bringing developing country emissions into the picture in a meaningful way.

By David Hone | December 23, 2009; 06:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Show me the money . . .

With the second week of Copenhagen now upon us and the days rapidly counting down to the conclusion of the summit, the true meaning of climate change politics is showing its hand - money.

By David Hone | December 15, 2009; 08:44 AM ET | Comments (2)

The EPA Strikes Back

Over many years, the Clean Air Act has been a successful piece of legislation for managing pollutants, such as sulfur from coal combustion, which in the past have resulted in damage to forests, cities and ultimately human health.

By David Hone | December 8, 2009; 03:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Don't judge a book by its cover

The story here is a simple one and it could apply to any one of us. Think of all the e-mails you have written over the past 10 years.

By David Hone | November 24, 2009; 06:03 AM ET | Comments (6)

Worth the wait

When all is said and done, Copenhagen will almost certainly represent a landmark in the progressive shift to a global low-carbon economy. Whether the final agreement is reached there or 6 to 12 months later is of little consequence, provided...

By David Hone | November 17, 2009; 08:54 AM ET | Comments (1)

Nobody wins

A failure by the U.S. to pass climate change legislation, specifically a robust cap-and-trade system, will not benefit anybody. The underlying issue will not go away nor will the pressure to address it. As time passes and no real action...

By David Hone | November 2, 2009; 09:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

How much change is possible?

Nuclear energy has played a big role in France. But what has been achieved? Starting 40 years ago in the late 1960s, France pursued some very major energy and energy-related policy initiatives. If emissions reduction had been the goal in...

By David Hone | October 27, 2009; 02:58 PM ET | Comments (10)

Towards a global carbon market

Offsets are an integral part of a broad market driven approach to reducing emissions. Whereas a carbon tax will always remain a domestic fiscal policy instrument with no real reach beyond national borders, a cap-and-trade system is very different. It...

By David Hone | October 21, 2009; 05:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Wheel of Fortune?

There is no doubt about the science, but what remains is uncertainty. By "the science" I mean the fact that CO2 (and other trace gases) absorbs in the infrared range, warms the atmosphere as a result and that increasing CO2...

By David Hone | October 14, 2009; 06:52 PM ET | Comments (5)

The Challenges Ahead

The world is a very different place in 2009 than 1997, so the challenge is now the same for all -- actually reducing emissions in the face of rising energy demand globally. Although burgeoning demand is accelerating the use of...

By David Hone | October 4, 2009; 10:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

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