Climate & Energy

The (renewable) electron economy, part 11

So how much do renewables cost anyway?

One of the attractions of renewable energy is that for most renewable generators (except biomass power plants) the cost of the fuel is free. However, …

Old-growth forests absorb more CO2 than they release, study finds

Most of the world’s old-growth forests actively absorb more carbon dioxide than they release into the atmosphere, making them effective carbon sinks, according to a …

Cheap drills

Energy set to ignite the Hill for the next three weeks

With only about three weeks left before Congress adjourns for election season, energy is the hot topic on the Hill. Here’s where things stand: Speaker …

Ethics violations alleged at agency that collects oil and gas royalties

Between 2002 and 2006, a “culture of substance abuse and promiscuity” existed at the federal agency responsible for overseeing oil and gas royalties, according to …

Greenpeace protesters acquitted in coal-activism case

In a decision that anti-coal activists say is a gamechanger, six Greenpeace protesters have been acquitted of nearly $53,000 in criminal-damage charges for painting “Gordon” …

Alien invaders: More to the story, part 2

NYT critiques alien biology

Last year, I posted an argument that not all alien species are bad, based on a study of the invasive aquatic plant Hydrilla; I got …

Head in the oil sands

Turns out McCain doesn’t care about the greatest threat we face

All you need to know about McCain’s core beliefs on climate change: The 72-year-old McCain named a global-warming-denying, Big Oil Super-Shill as his vice presidential …

Can Massey break the law with impunity?

Coal vs. wind showdown in West Virginia today

Back in August, Kate brought you the story of Coal River Mountain, one of the last intact mountains in West Virginia’s Coal River Valley. WV …

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 …