Climate & Energy

House Speaker says she’s open to compromise on offshore drilling

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on “Larry King Live” Monday night that she would consider allowing a vote on offshore drilling, but only if …

U.S. scouts out territory in Arctic; ice-cover loss could be worst ever

U.S. scientists will head to the Arctic this week on a quest to map the ocean floor, and will collaborate with Canada on a surveying …

Failures in framing, Chapter XXXIVMMX

The public’s attention, for the first time in ages, is focused on energy policy

This article by the AP’s Tina Lam is generally awful in terms of contrasting the candidates on energy. There is exactly one paragraph about what …

The (renewable) electron economy, part 4

Toward the post-oil society

This is the fourth in a series on how we can build an energy future based on our best science and no longer critically dependent …

U.S. economy shifting to — gasp! — efficiency

When it comes to urging environment-mindedness, high oil prices have proven much more persuasive than green groups ever did. The U.S. economy, built on cheap, …

Earth to Webb

Va. Senator doesn’t get that the emissions are the crisis

Originally posted at the Wonk Room. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) told the Politico last week that “environmentalists will be forced to compromise next year and …

Top of the food chain

Global warming unleashes ‘world’s largest land predators’ on humans

It could be the premise of a new horror movie — based on an all-too-true story. We have “a new and unusual threat: a polar …

Backwater blues

W. Va. governor Manchin subsidizes his own state’s economic irrelevance with liquid coal subsidies

I’ve written before about the economic and environmental nightmare that is liquid coal. If I were a governor and an energy company proposed opening a …

The sky's the limit

Why smoggy skies over Beijing represent the world’s greatest environmental opportunity

The Atlantic Monthly‘s James Fallows, now living in China, has written a glass-is-half-full (air-is-half-breathable?) article, “China’s Silver Lining.” While I think he is a bit …