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Writing about Mooney, writing about storms

I reviewed Chris Mooney's new book, Storm World: Hurricanes, Politics, and the Battle Over Global Warming, for The American Prospect, and it's up today. Gristmiller Kit Stolz reviewed it here a while ago, but uh, mine is ... longer. Anyway, the book is good, though not the galvanizing polemic that made his first book, The Republican War on Science, a bestseller. But Mooney's got quite the knack for telling the back story on how science and politics became friends with benefits here in the U.S.

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More Murray

Yesterday the Washington Post ran a profile of Robert Murray, head of Murray Energy, owner of the Utah mine that recently collapsed and all around evil motherfvcker. I actually thought the story did a decent job of showing what an unhinged fruitcake Murray is, gibbering on about how "elites" who attack coal don't understand what it's like to work in a coal mine -- this from a guy who's spent his career battling unions and running mines with horrendous safety records. With friends like these ... But the story also let lots of Murray's claims -- about, say, electricity prices …

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Debunking the notion that walking is bad for the planet

Sheesh. Wouldn't you know it, the "walking is bad for the planet" meme has reared its head yet again, this time in a British newspaper: Food production is now so energy-intensive that more carbon is emitted providing a person with enough calories to walk ... than a car would emit over the same distance. The climate could benefit if people avoided exercise, ate less and became couch potatoes. This made its way to the top of Digg over the weekend, and it's little wonder. It's got all the characteristics of a "sticky idea": it's simple, it's memorable, it seems credible, …

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Congress’ dimmest bulb laughs at bikes

The energy bill just passed by the House contains a provision that would offer a $20 monthly tax rebate to bicycle commuters. When Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) found out, he took to the floor of the House to deliver this speech (via Streetsblog): A major component of the Democrats' energy legislation and the Democrats' answer to our energy crisis is, hold on, wait one minute, wait one minute, it is promoting the use of the bicycle. Oh, I cannot make this stuff up. Yes, the American people have heard this. Their answer to our fuel crisis, the crisis at the …

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Leo’s new eco-flick

I saw The 11th Hour last night, a new movie produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio. The movie is a pastiche of interviews of about 50 different thinkers and scientists, interspersed with stock footage of obligatory mountains and seal clubbings. Here's how Leonardo describes it: Some of my thoughts, which do not add up to a review: While the movie is going to get attention because of Leonardo's star power, he's not the star at all. Some of the featured experts were incredibly compelling: Steven Schneider of Stanford, for one. Paul Hawken and Michael Gelobter of Redefining Progress were great, …

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They didn’t like being called ‘costumed twits’

Yesterday I took some potshots at the Greenpeace protestors following Rep. John Dingell around. Chris Miller, director of Greenpeace US's global warming campaign, contacted me to ask if he could post a response. Of course I said yes. Again, for those who seem to miss this: this post is not by me, David Roberts. It is by Chris Miller of Greenpeace. Got it? Here it is: ----- Greenpeace -- or "costumed twits" as you call us -- has been on the front lines in the fight to stop global warming for two decades, and Rep. Dingell is proving to be …

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The CEO of Ford Motor Co. …

.. wants a roughly $6-per-gallon tax on gas. That's the only way, he says, Americans will stop "demanding" gas-guzzling cars. No comment.

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Not any more

Nope. This is actually pretty nifty, if you're a solar geek. This company, G24i, has been working for a long while to come up with solar cells covered in a dye that, when struck by light, discharges an electron, which is immediately captured by a neighboring crystal of titanium oxide. It's unlikely it will scale to industrial applications, but it's cheap and can be put virtually anywhere, including on small electronic devices (iPods!), even fabrics. The company hopes it will enable renewable devices, moving awareness and engagement with renewable energy into an enormous new mass market. Like I said, interesting …

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What do you say?

Watch Ask A Ninja's climate video. Then get inspired, make your own, and win sweet prizes. (Having trouble viewing the video? Download the latest version of Flash.) Current TV and the Alliance for Climate Protection have teamed up to promote :60 Seconds to Save the Earth, a contest soliciting video public service announcements about climate change. They're looking for 15-, 30-, or 60-second video spots that will showcase green action and spur public change. A panel of celebrity judges (including Cameron Diaz, Orlando Bloom, Rihanna, and George Clooney) will whittle the entries down to 20 semi-finalists, and the cream of …

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They’re not going to save us

Oh well, it was a nice thought: A decade-long experiment led by Duke University scientists indicates that trees provide little help in offsetting increased levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. Note to the hordes of indignant commenters lunging for the CAPS LOCK key: this does not mean trees are worthless. Trees do many wonderful things. They're like ponies and ice cream, only awesomer. I'm going to go hug one as soon as I'm done with this post. Yay for trees! It just so happens they're not going to save us from climate change.

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