Joseph Romm

Joseph Romm is the editor of Climate Progress and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress.

  • The coming oil crisis

    After the introduction, the next part of “Mideast Oil Forever?” (subs. req’d) predicted in 1996 that we would have an oil crisis in ten years, and that we would be in a weak position to respond if Congress succeeded in …

  • Stop misleading the public on liquid coal

    TO: William Anderson, assistant Air Force secretary FROM: Climate Progress, blog SUBJECT: Your nonsensical claims in a recent Reuters piece, “US Air Force Eyes Alternative Fuel, Slashing CO2.” EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Liquid coal cannot be part of a plan to “zero …

  • The efficient alternative to coal power in China

    China’s rapacious coal plant building is neither moral nor sustainable, as discussed in Part I. Yet many supply-side alternatives, like nuclear and hydro, are problematic for the country. What should China do to satisfy its insatiable thirst for energy? Go …

  • China’s coal policy is breathtaking (literally)

    Yes, America’s climate policy is immoral. But that doesn’t make China’s rapacious coal-plant building moral. The N.Y. Times has published the sobering numbers, which bear repeating: The country built 114,000 megawatts of fossil-fuel-based generating capacity last year alone, almost all …

  • Halloween special: Buffy

    The vampire slayer goes green

    Buffy is back in Climate Progress. I’ll take any excuse! Turns out former Buffy star Sarah Michelle Gellar is green, or at least green-tinged, like those monsters she used to fight. She brings her own reusable bag to Whole Foods. …

  • Drifting toward disaster

    Eleven years ago, I wrote an article for the Atlantic Monthly with various predictions and warnings on oil and energy technology and climate. Since those subjects remain hot today — concern over oil prices and peak oil is at a …

  • Nuclear plants require lots of water in an increasingly dry world

    No, I don’t mean cost, safety, waste, or proliferation — though those are all serious problems. I mean the Achilles heel of nuclear power in the context of climate change: water. Climate change means water shortages in many places and …

  • CBPP launches a climate equity program

    You’ll be glad to know The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has launched a major climate program whose goals are to ensure that: the increased energy prices that are an essential part of climate-change legislation do not drive more …

  • On those quotes in Businessweek’s ‘Little Green Lies’

    This post is by guest blogger Auden Schendler, executive director for Community and Environmental Responsibility at the Aspen Skiing Company. Named a “Climate Crusader” in Time magazine’s 2006 special issue on climate change, Auden once worked for Amory Lovins at …