Climate & Energy

Copenhagen: turning point or more of the same old same old?

This coming week, in New York City and Pittsburgh, there will be important United Nations and G20 meetings that could advance the process of coming up with a new international treaty to address the climate crisis.

Lamar Alexander loves the earth too much to support solar and wind

Alexander unveiled his nuclear plan in July.One of the few Congressional Republicans who talks about the need to address climate change, Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, made an interesting argument against wind and solar energy this week. He’s concerned about …

Climate doomsday film ‘The Age of Stupid’ still hopeful, says director in video interview

We can’t believe what’s going on today either, Pete.Courtesy of The Age of Stupid “Why didn’t we stop climate change when we had the chance?” asks the main character of Franny Armstrong’s new film, The Age of Stupid. Living in …

VW L1 hybrid: “most efficient car in the world”

Via The Huffington Post. Volkswagen has traditionally been known more for its quirky branding than its bold claims. That didn’t stop the German automaker from recently declaring that it had built “the most fuel-efficient car in the world.” Read more …

Climate-news poem: Shush edition

As our throngs of loyal poetry readers no doubt noticed, the weekly climate poem took a bit of a breather after its last appearance. Apparently it has senatorial aspirations and was just “trying on the whole multi-week break thing for …

Climate change is a poverty issue

“Where are you from?”  I was often asked that question while growing up in Southern Indiana in the 1970s.  I didn’t look like anyone else in my white hometown and people had a hard time believing I belonged there. I …

WVU Honors Massey and Murray Over Crandall Canyon Miners?

This might be the shameless story of the week: Either that, or West Virginia University president James P. Clements has a lot of explaining to do–especially to the widows and children of the deceased miners in Crandall Canyon, Utah, and …

Report Pushes for More Research Investment and New National Institutes of Energy

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and leading DC-based think tank Third Way are the latest political figures to issue a call for significantly increased public investment to catalyze clean energy innovation. The Ohio Senator and the moderate progressive think tank joined …

China is leaving the U.S. in the dust as it surges ahead on clean energy

Even as China overtakes the U.S. in the dubious category of “world’s leading greenhouse gas producer,” it is also well ahead of the U.S. in developing the technologies and policies to solve the problem — and selling those solutions to …