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When Sen. Dorgan finds out what’s in the climate bill he might just support it

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND) has a “Probability of Yes” vote (PrY) of 22% for the climate bill, as it’s currently written (see “Who are the swing Senators?“).   That is notwithstanding his April remarks: North Dakota is the Saudi Arabia of …

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It’s time to save planet Earth. And our inspiration, once again, comes from JFK

July 19, 2009 I have a new article at Salon, “Goodnight, moon travel.” I discuss how the challenge of averting catastrophic climate change is quite different from the Apollo program – particularly in scale and participation.  The public and private …

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Making Buses Cool Again

Transmilenio municipal buses are seen on a street of Bogotá, Colombia (from a post first published here). Transportation is responsible for roughly a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions. This means that bold changes in transportation policies — for both …

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Deniers misrepresent new study that finds climate models underestimate warming

Bizarrely, climate science deniers are touting a new study that finds we might return to the rapid global warming of the Palaeocene-Eocene thermal maximum (PETM) with much lower levels of CO2 than previously thought. The PETM’s climate would be quite …

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Deniers are “full of passionate intensity”—and eating our lunch on climate bill

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold. I have heard from multiple sources that many U.S. senators are now getting 100 to 200 calls a day opposing a climate and clean energy bill — and bupkes in favor. The best …

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NCDC: Second hottest June on record — and El Nino “to threaten previous record highs”

Fast on the heels of the fourth warmest May on record, NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center reports: Based on preliminary data, the globally averaged combined land and sea surface temperature was the second warmest on record for June, and the …

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Sorry, Buzz Aldrin, we’re not sending people to Mars by 2029

The second man to walk on the moon has an odd op-ed in the Washington Post today, “Time to Boldly Go Once More.”  Not surprisingly, he wants to go to Mars, but a key reason he offers – to study …

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The dangerous myth that the EPA’s endangerment finding can stop dangerous warming

Over and over again, in e-mails and comments and blog posts, I hear some enviros saying that it doesn’t matter if Waxman-Markey fails, since EPA can use the endangerment finding to regulate CO2 as well or better.  That dangerously mistaken …

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Nuclear Bombshell: $26 Billion cost — $10,800 per kilowatt! — killed Ontario nuclear bid

We knew new nukes were absurdly expensive (see “Areva has acknowledged that the cost of a new reactor today would be as much as 6 billion euros, or $8 billion, double the price offered to the Finns.”).  Now we know …