Climate & Energy

Climate plus security minus hyperbole still scary

The impact of climate change on national security has finally moved above the fold. And as the December Copenhagen climate change negotiations approach, politicians and experts alike are being forced to examine the complex effects of natural and social change …

Could we replace the nation’s pavement with solar panels?

Solar Roadways A while back I mentioned Solar Roadways, a clean-energy idea that appears kind of kooky, at least on the surface. (See what I did there?) The notion is to replace paved surfaces with rugged, specially built solar panels. …

Buy green, forget Congress — or not

Need or want?Courtesy soundfromwayout via flickrAmericans concerned about climate change are far more likely to shop green than to call or write a lawmaker, according to a new poll from Yale and George Mason University. Of those who say they …

Oxfam activists dive into the 100 day countdown to Copenhagen climate talks at the London Aquarium

Living with climate change: a family affair?Zac Macaulay, MMIXI get to do some strange things working for Oxfam. On Wednesday night I watched as an average family — mom, dad and son — sat around with their dinners on their …

Coalfield uprising and heroes need national defense, green jobs

Now is the time for all good greens, rednecks, social entrepreneurs, hellraisers, Repower America and Al Gore to come to the aid of their fellow citizens in the Appalachian coalfields. While Big Coal Gone Wild continues to unravel in its …

Post/ABC poll shows oil-and coal-funded efforts to kill clean energy are failing

The Washington Post is reporting this morning that according to joint poll conducted with ABC News, a majority of Americans support Obama’s and Congress’ efforts to overhaul US energy policy, and that support includes passage of comprehensive climate and energy …

The Real FACES of Coal: Adfero’s shadowy GOP beltway astroturf operatives

Cross-posted from Wonk Room. A new “grassroots” fossil fuel front group, FACES of Coal, is employing a shadowy Republican-staffed company to spread its message. The Federation for American Coal, Energy and Security — a new pro-mountaintop removal campaign that refuses …

White House announces Gulf restoration task force amid criticism of Army Corps

In response to criticism that the Army Corps of Engineers has failed to take needed action, President Obama is creating a federal task force to overhaul management of coastal restoration efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi. White House Council on Environmental …

100 days before Copenhagen, here are 100 things you didn’t know about Copenhagen

We hope you already know that the most important climate meeting evah will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, from Dec. 7 to 18.  If all goes according to plan at the gathering — known in wonk-speak as COP15 — world …