Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

China antes up, bets, and bluffs in the new world oil game

Future historians may well agree that the 21st century Silk Road first opened for business on Dec. 14, 2009. That was the day a crucial stretch of pipeline officially went into operation linking the fabulously energy-rich state of Turkmenistan to …

Cities

Farmers and travelers in a tar-sands boomtown

Stratospheric wages draw laborers from around the world to Fort McMurray, Alberta. So how does a booming oil workers' camp become a town?

Climate & Energy

Anatomy of a Senate climate bill death

Ryan Lizza's recent New Yorker piece provides an interesting insider view of the rise and fall of climate legislation in the Senate. But Lizza gives short shrift to the real reasons Senate passage of climate legislation was impossible in 2010: …

Business & Technology

Google makes big bet on offshore wind power along East Coast

Google is backing an underwater power transmission system that could bring a wind turbine boom to the Atlantic.

Climate & Energy

The incredible shrinking Manchin

West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin is running for the Senate and running scared from the Tea Party. In his latest ad he shoots cap-and-trade legislation. With a rifle. Here's why he's flailing to the right and why he's wrong about …

Climate & Energy

Talk of Tianjin Climate Conference: China and U.S. Companies Are Electrifying The Car

TIANJIN, China – Whatever the differences that irked delegates from China and the United States during the six days of climate negotiations that ended here on Saturday, divisions principally defined by how each would control carbon emissions and measure progress, …

Climate & Energy

Stupid goes viral: Climate Zombies of Oregon, Hawaii, Minnesota, and northern Rocky Mountains

I finish up all states west of the Rockies, throw in Minnesota, and find not one, but two Republican incumbents who admit the reality of climate change

Climate & Energy

How does population affect climate change?

Slowing population growth could get us 16-29% of the emissions cuts we need by 2050 to stave off dangerous climate change, according to a new study.

Business & Technology

Big Oil money pouring back into California to boost Prop 23

The flow of out-of-state oil money into California to block the state's cutting edge greenhouse-gas law keeps getting stronger.