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Natural gas: A bridge to nowhere

Photo by Walter Disney.

Cross-posted from Climate Progress.

President of American Gas Association (AGA), 1981:

In fact, gas energy -- currently America’s largest domestically produced fuel -- could prove to be the keystone to solving the nation’s energy crisis by serving as the ‘bridge fuel’ to the next century’s renewable energy technologies.

Vice president of AGA, 1988, according to the Washington Post:

... refers to natural gas as a bridge fuel -- the least harmful alternative while the world looks for other, longer-lasting solutions to the ‘greenhouse’ effect.

Chair of AGA, 2008 [PDF]:

Natural gas will be the bridge fuel to the future ... The electric industry is expected to turn to natural gas as a bridge until clean coal and nuclear generation are available.

It’s the longest bridge in history! Heck, the Golden Gate Bridge only took four years to build!

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On cleantech, no Newt is good Newt

Photo by Gage Skidmore.

Cross-posted from Climate Progress.

In the 1990s, the Gingrich Congress tried to shut down the Department of Energy (DOE), slash all clean energy research, stop the joint government-industry effort to develop a super-efficient hybrid car, and zero out all programs aimed specifically at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and accelerating technology deployment.

He didn't succeed -- but he did stop the significant expansion of clean energy funding Clinton-Gore had begun. And he did force the DOE to sharply scale back its programs aimed at clean energy deployment and greenhouse gas reduction.

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Boston Globe endorses Huntsman, cites climate and energy views

Photo: Gage SkidmoreCross-posted from Climate Progress. The largest newspaper in the state Mitt Romney once governed has endorsed former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman in the lead-up to the New Hampshire primary. Here are the key excerpts from the Boston Globe editorial, "For vision and national unity, Huntsman for GOP nominee": He has stood up far more forcefully than Romney against those in his party who reject evolution and the science behind global warming ... Strong economic growth put Utah in the top five in job creation during Huntsman's tenure, while he gave tax credits to companies developing solar energy. He …

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Obama’s climate leadership? ‘It doesn’t exist,’ says Tim Wirth

Tim Wirth.Photo: Center for American Progress Action FundCross-posted from Climate Progress. U.N. Foundation President Tim Wirth told Climate Wire this week that President Obama has a "last window of opportunity" to avert catastrophic climate change -- assuming he gets reelected: I don't know who and where the climate leadership in the administration is. It doesn't exist. There is no resolve in the Obama administration to do anything, and I think they look at Congress and say, 'We can't do anything, so why break our pick now?' Hey, if the White House waits long enough, all the ice will melt and …

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Top five craziest things GOP contenders said on climate in 2011

With Michele Bachmann, it's the cumulative craziness that blows one away.Photo: IowaPolitics.comCross-posted from Climate Progress. Sure, the extremist wing of the GOP has been saying crazy things about climate for a while. But the anti-science wing is now in charge (Speaker of the House John Boehner: "The idea that carbon dioxide is a carcinogen that is harmful to our environment is almost comical"). And it has been able to make climate craziness a litmus test for the presidency. Just three years ago, the GOP nominee was a climate hawk who campaigned on a cap-and-trade system to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions -- …

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2C or not 2C: That is the question about the Durban deal

Also: Rommgelina doesn't have the same ring.Photo: Ammar Abd Rabbo Cross-posted from Climate Progress. We don't get to marry Brad Pitt or Angelina Jolie. We're not going to be as successful as Oprah Winfrey or Steve Jobs. So we generally grade ourselves on the basis of what we think was plausibly achievable, not what is theoretically possible. On that basis, the Durban Agreement or Durban Platform (details here) was a pretty big success, committing the entire world -- not just rich countries -- to develop a roadmap for reductions, along with a serious Green Climate Fund. It's worth noting that the alternative …

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Experts debunk polls claiming fewer Americans believe in climate change

Cross-posted from Climate Progress. Politicians, pundits, and the public have all been told by the media and others that public belief in global warming has dropped sharply. Except that it hasn't, as polling by Stanford, Ipsos, and Reuters make clear. National survey of American public opinion on global warming via Jon Krosnick, Stanford University. Yes, other polls, notably by Gallup and Pew, do seem to seem to show a sharp drop. But in exclusive interviews with Climate Progress, two leading experts on climate, public opinion, and media coverage -- Jon Krosnick and Max Boykoff -- explain what's really going on. …

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Clean energy has highest return rate of any federal program

Cross-posted from Climate Progress. The National Academy of Sciences concluded in 2001 that a handful of clean energy technologies returned about $30 billion on a research and development (R&D) investment of about $400 million. The United States is an amazing venture capitalist when it comes to clean energy R&D. But the all-Solyndra, all-the-time stenographers of the status quo at the Washington Post put out this context-free nonsense: If you read the Post article (wearing multiple head vises), you'll see that Mufson and the Post don't understand the first thing about venture capital (VC), nor have they done even the minimal …

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IEA’s bombshell warning: Act now or climate change is here to stay

Cross-posted from Climate Progress. The International Energy Agency (IEA) has issued yet another clarion call for urgent action on climate. Their 2011 World Energy Outlook (WEO) release should end once and for all any notion that delay is the rational course for the nation and the world. The U.K. Guardian's headline captures the urgency: World headed for irreversible climate change in five years, IEA warns If fossil fuel infrastructure is not rapidly changed, the world will 'lose forever' the chance to avoid dangerous climate change We must start aggressively deploying clean energy now through myriad policies, including a price on …

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Krugman: Only politics can delay energy transformation

Cross-posted from Climate Progress. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman had another good column in The New York Times yesterday, "Here Comes the Sun." He makes three key points. First, solar is rapidly coming down the cost curve -- I've sprinkled a couple of the Climate Progress charts on this throughout this post. Second, fracking is overhyped. Third, the only thing that can stop the solar revolution in this country is fossil-fuel-driven politics: We are, or at least we should be, on the cusp of an energy transformation, driven by the rapidly falling cost of solar power. That's right, solar power. …