Climate & Energy

Umbra on being an energy-efficient renter

Dear Umbra, I’m an apartment dweller in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it doesn’t get too cold or too hot. Still, my energy bill …

The (renewable) electron economy, part 10

Renewables and the ‘Cheap Energy Contract’

Earlier in this series, we established that electric-driven transport can fairly rapidly substitute for petroleum in most ground transport applications and that renewable electric generators …

White roofs could help keep climate change at bay

This whole climate-change debacle could be significantly slowed down if the world’s 100 largest cities thing installed white roofs and more-reflective pavement, says a new …

Palin and renewables

McCain’s VP pick has a mixed record on supporting renewables in home state

McCain VP pick Sarah Palin has a record of being both a friend and foe of Big Oil in her home state of Alaska. But …

McLovins

Lovins predicts the coming oil price crash won’t be like the last one

The world can always use another profile of Amory Lovins — here’s one in The Economist. (Check out the nuke boosters in comments — man, …

U.S. intelligence report says climate change likely to lead to security threats

A new draft report from the United States’ top intelligence analyst forecasts future security threats to the U.S. and other nations from climate change, as …

Get rich quick

Energy efficiency, part 5: ‘The highest documented rate of return of any federal program’

I was at the U.S. Department of Energy when the Gingrich gang took over and tried to shut down all of DOE’s applied energy research, …

On the shrink of disaster

Arctic shrinks by one Alaska and three Arizonas in August

Another week, another record in Arctic ice-loss announced by the National Snow and Ice Data Center: Following a record rate of ice loss through the …

Reformed maverick

John McCain, 1996: “Too often the public views Republicans as favoring big business at the expense of the environment, and as too eager to swing …