Climate & Energy

The world according to me

Ethical questions remain on the cloning of Steve Milloy

WASHINGTON, July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — “Michaels supports the use of junk science as a basis for public policy and court decisions, representing a threat to employers, employees, consumers and taxpayers,” said Steve Milloy, publisher of JunkScience.com. … Michaels runs something called the Project on Scientific Knowledge and Public Policy. Source: JunkScience.com [News release condemning President Obama's choice of epidemiologist David Michaels to head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration] Steven Milloy.For Immediate Release Legendary Journalist Raises Really Good Questions About the Ethics of Cloning Steve Milloy WASHINGTON (or maybe Phoenix, AZ), July 30 /CompletelyLegit Newswire, Inc./ — Taking valuable time …

"It's getting hot in here" is starting to get too close to home(s)

Climate change expected to increase Western wildfire burn area as much as 175% by the 2050s

A major new study, “Impacts of climate change from 2000 to 2050 on wildfire activity and carbonaceous aerosol concentrations in the western United States” finds a staggering increase in “wildfire activity and carbonaceous aerosol concentrations in the western United States” by mid-century under a moderate warming scenario: We show that increases in temperature cause annual mean area burned in the western United States to increase by 54% by the 2050s relative to the present-day … with the forests of the Pacific Northwest and Rocky Mountains experiencing the greatest increases of 78% and 175% respectively. Increased area burned results in near …

taking a gander at clean energy

Michigan to Granholm: We want clean energy

Yesterday, on a beautiful summer day in Lansing, Michigan, more than 500 activists from all corners of the state lent their voices to a call for a massive investment in clean energy and moving the state beyond coal. Clean Energy Now, a coalition made up of over 40 environmentalist groups including Sierra Club, organized this Rally for Clean Energy Jobs to support Michigan’s clean energy future – and as a grassroots response to the proposal of new coal plants in Michigan. The rally speakers and activists in particular took aim at plans in Michigan to build at least six more …

A WALK THROUGH THE WEEK'S CLIMATE NEWS

The Climate Post: Big hopes for Al G.

First Things First: The trouble with electricity is that you can’t seal the unused portion when you’re done using it and put it on a shelf. The New York Timesa piece from industrial-belt poster-city Allentown, Penn.  International Battery is developing a cereal-box-size battery that could help remake the energy economy by making electricity able to be stored with ease and scale as never before. The company and more than 120 others are vying for $2 billion in grants the Department of Energy will dole out to seed a U.S. industry for electric-car batteries. explores one potential industry in the “green …

The Waxman Report, part two

Do the Clean Air Act battles contain lessons for the fight over climate legislation?

The other day I recounted the fascinating story of how Rep. Henry Waxman and his allies in the House spent a decade working to defend and strengthen the Clean Air Act. Waxman has reportedly said that those curious about the current climate/energy struggle should study the CAA fight. So what lessons can be learned? And do they apply today? 1. Marathon, not a sprint One thing that’s clear from the CAA chapter and Waxman’s book as a whole is that legislative victories do not come quickly, or all at once. Behind every advance is years of painstaking, persistent, often frustrating …

financial meltdown

Nuclear plans hurting power companies’ credit ratings

Power companies pursuing construction of new nuclear plants may find it harder to get credit — meaning ratepayers could end up shouldering a greater financial burden for the costly and environmentally harmful projects. Moody’s Investors Service, a leading independent credit rating firm, recently released a report that says it’s considering taking a “more negative view” of debt obligations issued by companies seeking to build new nuclear plants. Titled “New Nuclear Generation: Ratings Pressure Increasing,” the report raises concerns that investing in new nuclear plants involves significant risks and huge capital costs at a time when national energy policy is uncertain. …

how will key senators vote on a climate bill?

Judd Gregg (R-N.H.)

Judd Gregg Sen. Judd Gregg has a record of backing action on climate change, even though his overall environmental record gets low scores from enviros. He voted in support of the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act in 2003 and 2005. He wasn’t present for the Senate vote on the Lieberman-Warner climate bill last year, but suggested he thought it was too costly and would not have supported it. Gregg was nominated to serve as the secretary of commerce earlier this year, but then changed his mind about taking the post, citing irreconcilable differences with the Obama administration. He might be more …

There is no above-it-all high enough to clear climate catastrophe

Gideon Rachman: Inability to prevent mass suffering and death a “dilemma for climate activists”

This column from Gideon Rachman in the Financial Times really pushes my buttons. There’s something beneath the surface that is downright pathological, and not at all unique to Rachman. It besets most political pundits on this issue. I’ll try to dig it out. The premise of Rachman’s column is that while everyone accuses climate change skeptics of being in denial, in fact climate activists are in denial as well. They keep hanging on to the U.N. negotiation process long after it’s become clear that developing countries aren’t going to budge. The politics of an international climate accord are incredibly difficult, …

how will key senators vote on a climate bill?

Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)

Olympia Snowe Sen. Olympia Snowe is considered a likely “yes” vote on climate legislation this year. She is a co-chair of the International Climate Change Taskforce, and has been reliably supportive of climate action. Snowe voted in favor of the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act in 2003 and 2005, and she cosponsored the 2007 version of the bill. In 2008, she was one of just seven Republicans to vote in favor of moving forward with the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act. She earned an 85 percent score from the League of Conservation Voters in the last Congress. Snowe has spoken emphatically in …

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