Climate & Energy

(IS IT REALLY SO) SMART GROWTH?

My whiz-bang light rail is your pain in the asphalt

Seattle light rail. Photo courtesy LeeLeFever via Flickr One train, two views: Getting to the airport from Seattle’s north side — its wealthier, whiter half — on public transit first involves a bus ride downtown. …

Nuking the taxpayers

How much will nuclear cost U.S. citizens?

Percent by which President Obama’s latest budget proposal would increase taxpayer-backed loan guarantees to build new nuclear reactors: 300 Amount the Department of Energy under President Bush originally proposed spending on loan guarantees for nuclear …

Echoes of Bush

EPA capitulates on ethanol, hearts clean coal

Expect to see a lot more of this kind of thing. The press release could have come straight out of the utterly disgraced Bush EPA–and if it had, I can well imagine the howls of …

California net metering battle, v2

The California legislature is considering whether to lift caps on net metering, a key policy that allows solar system owners to get full credit for generating solar electricity. As legislators consider this policy choice, they …

Sen. Lindsey Graham on the importance of passing climate legislation

Transcript of Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-S.C.) remarks today at the “Business Advocacy Day for Jobs, Climate & New Energy Leadership” in Washington D.C. Thanks y’all. Thank you. Hey everybody. It’s always good to be introduced …

grow job

The jobs are in the trees

With Congress and the White House considering spending scarce dollars to jump-start employment, they’ll need to get the biggest jobs bang for the buck to give Americans confidence that they’re spending our money wisely. Probably …

It'll fix what fails ya

Rescuing failing states

One of the leading challenges facing the international community is how to rescue failing states, those countries most at risk of collapse due to a combination of weak governance, internal violence, and social upheaval. Continuing …

A Critical Moment for Energy Leadership

One of the most powerful moments during last week’s State of the Union came when President Obama warned that while Washington stalls, other nations are moving quickly to dominate the global clean-energy industry. “China is …

Sweat the Small Stuff

How personal actions can kick-start a sustainability revolution

Step it up! Small is the new big.The environmental movement is divided over the importance of small steps — are they a critical starting point or a distraction from needed policy and institutional changes? A …