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Oil abounds globally, but SA faces uncertainty

By: Saliem Fakir     2nd August 2013 Each day, more oil is discovered and the earth seems to spew more of the stuff, mocking the peak oil pundits and adding to the anxieties of climate... 

Carbon tax – the implications for South Africa

By: Saliem Fakir     5th July 2013 In South Africa, there is considerable ambiguity and debate about the implications of tax distortions in the economy and the tax interaction... 

Carbon tax – we must be prepared for what others may throw at us

By: Saliem Fakir     7th June 2013 Minds become focused when things get real rather than abstract. This is what is beginning to happen since the National Treasury released its new... 

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Marrying the carbon budget idea with a carbon tax

By: Saliem Fakir     10th May 2013 The Long-Term Mitigation Scenarios (LTMS) envisage a purposive transition during which there are insignificant barriers, there is no competition... 

South Africa's IRP2010 blueprint is outdated

By: Saliem Fakir     12th April 2013 Since the first Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) was drafted in 2010, the world has changed: Fukushima happened, more gas has been confirmed off the... 

Green growth or deep green economy?

By: Saliem Fakir     8th March 2013 Green growth or deep green economy? The green economy debate has been in South Africa for at least 5 years. The green economy also has other names:... 

Of oil refineries, nuclear plants and the planning fallacy

By: Saliem Fakir     8th February 2013 The great project Mthombo (new large refinery capacity) and the proposed 9.6 GW nuclear fleet is still on the cards.  Both do not only describe the... 

The challenge of fossil fuel binding constraints

By: Saliem Fakir     18th January 2013 Despite the failure of the recent round of the Doha climate change talks, the national project on a low-carbon transition requires continued impetus. 

LTMS and the challenge of long-term technology planning

By: Saliem Fakir     7th December 2012 Many moons ago, South Africa did pioneering work on how best we can meet our international climate mitigation obligations.  

Negotiating the CSP maze

By: Saliem Fakir     9th November 2012 I attended a recent workshop jointly hosted by the Academy of Science of South Africa and the German National Academy of Sciences (which is known... 

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