Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Heartland Institute terrified of Grist

Can I cover Heartland Institute events as media? It depends on who’s watching when I ask the question. Back in March 2008, the Heartland Institute held its “First International Conference on Climate Change” in New York City. Heartland is one …

Climate & Energy

Next steps for Waxman-Markey bill

The Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill cleared a major hurdle on May 21 when it was approved by the Energy and Commerce Committee. But the American Clean Energy Security Act of 2009 still has a long road to travel before …

Climate & Energy

Understanding offsets

As the struggle to pass the Waxman-Markey climate-energy bill showed, there is a certain price any political system is willing to bear for climate action. In China, that price is low. In the United States, it is medium. And in …

Climate & Energy

Cap-and-trade: filling up the political space that should be used for real solutions

One of the least discussed flaws in the Waxman-Markey bill’s attempt to tackle the climate crisis also illustrates the fundamental problem with cap-and-trade. The bill strips the EPA[1] of much of its existing authority to regulate greenhouse gases, in return …

Business & Technology

University president quits Massey board after green group campaign

After a 14-week campaign by green groups, Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee stepped down from the board of directors of mountaintop-removal mining company Massey Energy today. Ohio Citizen Action, then Sierra Club, Greenpeace USA, Earthjustice, and Friends of …

Climate & Energy

GOP wants 100 new nukes by 2030

In Finland, around the globe, and in every state, the nuclear industry makes people sing the same old song:  “What do you get when you buy a nuke? You get a lot of delays and rate increases….” This year, authorities …

Climate & Energy

How to shut down 93% of coal without building new plants or reducing power supply

Two interesting observations: 50% of U.S. power generation (in MWh) comes from coal, while only 20% comes from natural gas. 32% of total U.S. power generation capacity (in MW) is coal-fired, while 42% is gas-fired. When it runs, the natural …

Climate & Energy

Vermont feed-in tariffs become law

Vermont’s feed-in tariff legislation became law at the end of business on May 27, 2009. H. 446 is the first legislation calling for a full system of advanced renewable tariffs in the US to pass the legislature and become law. …

Climate & Energy

A climate-news poem for the week of May 25

Here’s how to fix the climate: Take trips that are quite fancy.In the mood for Chinese? Bag Beijing with John and Nancy.Hit London, why don’t Chu, or give a crepe with Todd.Just don’t think of your carbon trail, and make …