Climate & Energy

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 …

Coal doublespeak: It's cheap, so give me money!

Virginia refuses to compel AEP’s customers to share in new coal plant’s construction costs

From Energy Central comes this gem of double speak from AEP Chairman Michael Morris, who, as the article notes … … has staked AEP’s plans …

Conventional wisdom?

Democratic and Republican conventions pledge to be greener than ever before

Can you find the green in this picture? Photo: Vidiot Both the Democratic and Republican national conventions have pledged to go greener this year. And …

The (renewable) electron economy, part 3

A three-pronged approach to getting off oil for transportation

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

What all America can look forward to under McCain

AEP demands 45 percent rate increase for Ohio

What happens when your utility is 68 percent dependent on coal? American Electric Power said Thursday it must raise electricity rates 45 percent for its …

It's raining tigers and wolves

Science: Extreme rains supercharged by warming

Science has just published, “Atmospheric Warming and the Amplification of Precipitation Extremes” ($ub. req’d). It concludes: Here, we use satellite observations and model simulations to …

Price subsidy

How much of a subsidy is the Price-Anderson Nuclear Industry Indemnity Act?

The answer is perhaps as high as a hundred billion dollars. First some background. I testified in front of the Senate Environment and Public Works …

Where there's a drill, there's a way

New House bill combines drilling with tax extensions for renewables

A bipartisan group of House members has unveiled a new compromise energy bill, roughly along the lines of the Gang of 10 bill released in …

Fannie, Freddie, and Mobile-Sierra

Government-guaranteed, for-profit businesses are inherently risky

Q: What do the banking crisis and the energy crisis have in common? A: They have both been created in no small part by government …