KC Golden

KC is policy director at Climate Solutions, blogs at GRIP, and serves on the boards of 350.org, U.S. Climate Action Network, NW Energy Coalition, and Renewable Northwest Project.

Got $60 worth of coal-in-the-ground? BLM will give you a buck and change for it

Dave Roberts and others have been talking about leaving coal in the ground.  That got me thinking:  What’s it worth there? The question looms large in light of recent and imminent federal leases to extract a bazillion tons of coal …

Sex is better with energy efficiency

Something  must be done about the abysmal marketing of energy efficiency.  Never has such a big energy story received so little love. In the pie-throwing contest that passes for energy dialogue in our political culture, Solyndra gets the ink, while …

Solving the climate crisis means saying yes and no

When it comes to climate work, yes and no are the interdependent and mutually reinforcing faces of responsible action.

Newt’s win in South Carolina bodes well for climate

Newt Gingrich defied cynicism and tapped into voter anger to win South Carolina. That's what it will take to achieve large-scale climate solutions, too.

Frame-out: Why reporters can't admit that Keystone Pipeline is a job-suck

Allow me to bury the lead. The Keystone XL pipeline is a climate disaster. I reiterate this, at the risk of what David Roberts calls “public flatulism,” because this post is about jobs, and I don’t want anyone to infer …

Next Xmas: A 1700 lb. lump of coal for every Washingtonian's stocking?

The global coal industry wants to play the same obsolete, self-serving noise here in the Northwest that the Texas oil companies used in California.

American Power Act — Climate Solutions’ initial reactions

This piece was co-authored by Ross Macfarlane. Sens. Kerry (D-Mass) and Lieberman (I-Conn) finally released the American Power Act (APA) on Wednesday, May 11, after months of internal negotiations, and nearly a year after the House passed its comprehensive climate …

Obama to world in Copenhagen: ‘We will do what we say.’ Now tell it to the Senate.

“There is no time to waste. America has made our choice. We have charted our course, we have made our commitments, and we will do what we say.” — President Obama, speaking to world leaders in Copenhagen December 18 “Kan …

Global will is ripe. Leaders need to pluck it.

The “Copenhagen Accord” is terribly weak. Not just “weaker than it needs to be to prevent climate catastrophe.” We knew it would be that, but hoped to emerge with a serious framework for real solutions. Formally, diplomatically, legally, we didn’t …