Climate & Energy

How cap-and-trade markets work for acid rain and smog

Contrary to claims that cap-and-trade is untested or uproven, there are a half dozen or so operational cap-and-trade programs already functioning in the United States. Of …

How carbon markets work in Europe

In spite of what you may have heard, Europe’s carbon market is working beautifully. The E.U.’s Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) has been operational since 2005 …

2nd time a charm?

President Obama, give us hope again … this time in Copenhagen

On Nov. 4 2008, I was an American in Brussels as I watched Barack Obama turn red states blue and win the Presidency of the …

How to make 1.7 million new clean energy jobs permanent

The challenges facing President Obama and the U.S. Congress have not gone away. Paul Krugman worries that “unemployment is likely to stay near its current …

Nice firepower, wrong targets

Annie Leonard misses the mark in her new video, “The Story of Cap-and-Trade”

The greenosphere is all abuzz about a new video from Annie Leonard, creator of semi-famous anti-consumerism video/book The Story of Stuff. It’s being billed as …

Panel of smarties, take one

Optimistic or pessimistic about the Copenhagen climate talks?

The COP15 climate conference starts next week in Copenhagen, and our panel of experts is optimistic … ish. We asked them, “What’s the mood as …

E15 or Fight!

EPA punts on raising ethanol ‘blend wall’

I have been following the Great Ethanol Blend Wall fight for some time. In a nutshell, ethanol companies have been struggling mightily during the recession. …

Mark your carbon calender

December 19 — the day after COP15

Tens of thousands of modern-day crusaders, charlatans, Nobel laureates, CEOs, quick-buck artists, earnest politicians, and assorted movie extras of every conceivable socio-political-ethnic-economic background will descend …

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Lomborg v. Monbiot: liveblogging the Munk debate on climate change

Editor’s note: The chat’s now over, but you can replay it in full. Today I’ll be liveblogging a debate on how the world should respond …