Climate & Energy

Japan’s new prime minister promises ambitious cuts in CO2 emissions

Japan’s new prime minister, Yukio Hatoyama, has promised to make ambitious cuts in greenhouse gas emissions, months before world leaders meet for crucial climate change talks. Hatoyama, who will take office next week, said Japan would seek to reduce CO2 …

Climate and dirty-energy groups were busy over summer vacation

National lawmakers did next to nothing about climate change over the August congressional recess, but climate activists and their fossil-fuel foes were busy.  Here are highlights from their summer antics: Clean-energy activists at a Maine rally.Photo: 1Sky The climate activists …

‘What I did on my summer vacation’ — by Congress

Let’s hope Congress is ready to get to work on a climate bill…Tonya Ricks for GristWhile most Americans spent August working, taking Facebook quizzes, or using some of our hard-won vacation days (we get 17 days a year, on average), …

Labor Day of Infamy

How easy to be cynical on this Labor Day, and declare it a day that will live in infamy for coal miners and coalfield residents and green job advocates across the nation. But thanks to United Mine workers like Terry …

Regulatory standards save money

Business Week‘s September 14 issue reports: Second-Class Solar Panels? Sun-soaked New Orleans should be a great place for solar power. Yet according to TÜV Rheinland PTL, a testing lab, up to 30 percent of photovoltaic panels installed in such steamy …

Shake-ups at high-profile coal industry group

This post was originally published on the blog of the Center for Public Integrity and is reposted on Grist with CPI’s kind permission. With its hefty bankroll and polished messaging, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity looked like a …

Van Jones seeks a ‘healing for our politics’

Cross-posted from Wonk Room. White House green jobs advisor Van Jones is under attack from Fox News as an “avowed radical revolutionary communist” and from ABC News as a “truther” with a “history of incendiary and provocative remarks.” In an …

Does the Wall Street Journal employ anyone who understands energy markets?

Actually, I think they do.  I think Keith Johnson knows quite a bit about energy markets.  Which makes this hit job on solar subsidies, published before the Senate considers national renewable energy legislation, so disturbing. After chronicling the problems of …

Investment rushes into wind, but can we make it last?

By Yael Borofsky and Jesse Jenkins, originally posted at the Breakthrough Institute “The money is coming back” That’s what Ethan Zindler, head of New Energy Finance Ltd., proclaimed to the Wall Street Journal in response to emerging evidence that the …