Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

US can easily meet 2020 emissions target while lowering the nation’s energy bill $700 billion

More than perhaps any other company, McKinsey has documented how an aggressive energy efficiency strategy sharply lowers the cost of climate action (see “McKinsey 2008 Research in Review: Stabilizing at 450 ppm has a net cost near zero“). Today they …

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The Germans’ heralded carbon capture plan? Pumping it directly into the atmosphere.

NIMBY, meet NUMBY: Not under my backyard. The Guardian reports today: It was meant to be the world’s first demonstration of a technology that could help save the planet from global warming — a project intended to capture emissions from …

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Joe Romm’s strategy to lose the clean energy race

Jesse Jenkins, left, and Teryn Norris.Breakthrough InstituteOn Monday, Joe Romm of Climate Progress publicly attacked us for publishing an op-ed in the San Francisco Chronicle — called “Will America lose the clean energy race?” (a longer version was posted here …

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The climate science fight club

So a guy writes in to our local paper saying climate change is a big scam, nobody ever shows the actual data, blah blah blah. I usually ignore these things like I ignore the moon landing deniers and the flat earthers, …

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Henry Waxman’s decade-long fight to improve the Clean Air Act

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) is the chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee and coauthor of the ACES bill passed by the House in June. Naturally, political observers are curious about his thoughts on the fight to pass climate/energy legislation …

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Larry Craig, oil lobbyist

Illustration by Tom Twigg/GristThis is an actual thing: Larry Craig, former punchline of Idaho, has opened a Washington consulting firm to work as an energy lobbyist. New West Strategies LLC offers “strategic advice, guidance, and advocacy” from Craig, the senator …

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Tracking property tax financing programs for renewable and energy efficiency investments

Berkeley’s program for leveraging property taxes to help homeowners finance investments in solar and energy efficiency is taking off–San Francisco was the latest to announce a new program.  To date, 11 states (and counting) have enacted enabling legislation allowing local …

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Even with economic headwind, U.S. still adds 4,000 MW of new wind — and a dozen new factories

The U.S. wind energy industry installed 1,210 megawatts (MW) of new power generating capacity in the second quarter, bringing the total added this year to just over 4,000 MW –  an amount larger than the 2,900 MW added in the …

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Another major study predicts rapid warming over next few years — nearly 0.3°F by 2014

From 2009 to 2014, projected rises in anthropogenic influences and solar irradiance will increase global surface temperature 0.15 ±0.03 °C, at a rate 50% greater than predicted by IPCC. So conclude Judith Lean, of the US Naval Research Laboratory, and …