Climate & Energy

Hey, Obama: You can't bargain with the climate

There's one place where Barack Obama's reasonable compromises simply won't work. That place is the climate.

Follow-up on Seattle's proposed deep-bore tunnel

A roundup of basic info on the impending decision to build a huge, car-centric mega-tunnel under downtown Seattle.

New report on state transportation policy shows a long road ahead

The best hope for reforms that would lead to a reduction in carbon emissions from transportation might lie with the states. Emphasis on might.

Fossil fuel giant is betting on a bright future in solar

National climate change legislation may be dead as global warming skeptics take power in Congress. But if you want to see where some big businesses think the future of energy lies, pay attention to NRG Energy.

Perverse policy makes distributed renewables more expensive

I’ve talked previously about the perversity of using tax credits to incentivize renewable energy production, increasing transaction costs and reducing participation in renewable energy development. But there are other perversities in U.S. state and utility renewable energy policies, especially with …

Climate defeats come from D.C., not Copenhagen and Cancun

The climate war isn't over, but those who are fighting to cut emissions haven't won lately. The latest defeat, however, did not occur at in Cancun. Rather, it took place in Washington, D.C.

If efficiency hasn't cut energy use, then what?

One of the most penetrating critiques of energy-efficiency dogma you'll ever read is in this week's New Yorker. "The efficiency dilemma," by David Owen, has this provocative subtitle: "If our machines use less energy, will we just use them more?" …

Memo: Fox News reporters ordered to promote Climategate conspiracy theory

In a memo obtained by Media Matters, Fox News Vice President Bill Sammon ordered his reporters to question global warming, citing conspiracy theories about scientists based on Climategate.

breaking the news

The watchdog organization Media Matters has uncovered disturbing new internal emails from the Washington bureau of Fox News. The emails suggest Fox News’ slanted coverage of climate science isn’t the result of a subtle bias, but of a deliberate directive …