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Concentrating solar thermal

It’s cheaper than photovoltaic

The Guardian had a story yesterday on concentrating solar collectors. They have caught on to something I've been saying for a while: concentrating mirrors and heat engines can produce solar electricity less expensively than photovoltaic …

Phantom toll booth

Tolls reduce driving, but maybe not enough

On most days, my wife and I commute together by car. And since my kids started a new, out-of-the-way school, our commute has gone from a fairly straightforward 15 minute trip -- mostly in the …

Today's SCOTUS case

Some juicy questions at issue

If Justin hasn't sated your hunger for blogging about today's Supreme Court case, check out this series of posts from Jonathan Adler. Lots of good discussion beneath as well. (NB: below the fold I speak …

You can't conduct an orchestra with an invisible hand: The problem with carbon taxes

They must be supplemented with gov’t intervention

Jason D Scorse agrees with the Reason article arguing that the way to phase out fossil fuels is to tax them -- to make their price reflect some or all of their social costs (referred …

He's making a list

And I’m checking it. Twice.

People like to number things. They like to make lists. But I'm always impressed by the seeming randomness with which organizations decide to publish decisive lists. Why choose Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2006 to publish your …

Do you pod here often?

Speaking of incremental improvements, Grist will be launching a weekly podcast shortly. Before we officially roll it out to the entire Grist audience, I'm hoping you Gristmillians could take a listen and provide some feedback. …

Insidious much?

Al Gore out, Big Oil in for public schools

Gristmill readers have been knocking at our proverbial door to make sure we've seen Laurie David's article from Sunday's Washington Post. It details the National Science Teachers Association's (NSTA) rejection of 50,000 free copies of …

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Techno-hotness!

Grist is in the early conceptual stages of a comprehensive redesign -- or as they call it in the entertainment industry, a reimagining. It's going to kick ass. Your mind will be blown. You'll never …

Sustainability in world politics, too

Oil imperialism is going to be the end of us

Via Political Animal, this little nugget got me thinking: In other words, the bill to bring Army and Navy battalions back to the status they were in before the invasion ... [will be] $50 to …