Joseph Romm

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

Climate Change

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. …

Renewable Energy

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 …

Climate Change

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 …

Energy Policy

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. …

Climate & Energy

The New York Times joins the energy and climate ignorati

The New York Times has its head in the sand when it comes to climate and energy.Here are excerpts from two erroneous and contradictory pieces in this week’s dreadful New York Times special section on energy: NYT 1: According to the most recent estimates of the Energy Department, world energy demand is going to increase by 50 percent by 2035, largely because of increased consumption in China, India, and the rest of the developing world. Renewable energy will rise as a percentage of energy used, to 15 percent from 10 percent [by 2035], but that will not provide for the …

Climate Change

NYT asks where climate change went, ignores own failed coverage

The New York Times asks why climate change is fading from the U.S. agenda, without addressing the paper's own complicity in collapsing coverage.


Democrats who campaign for climate action win more

Listen up, Obama: Analysis of recent elections shows that expressing and pursuing goals for climate action pays off politically.

Climate Change

Guilty as charged: proof of 'human fingerprints' on climate change

A Yale report showed Americans want evidence from experts that human activity causes climate change. Here are eight handy charts proving our impact.

Climate Change

Strong public support for EPA efforts to reduce carbon emissions

A new poll finds widespread support for the EPA requiring reductions in carbon emissions.

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