Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

The enemy of my enemy is my friend, ACES edition

A curious thing happened at Tuesday’s morning meeting of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee when the panel’s infamous climate-change skeptic, James Inhofe (R-Okla.), cited NASA climatologist Jim Hansen in his screed against the House climate bill. Yes, this …

Climate & Energy

‘Citizen’s Guide’ primes readers for climate activism

The following post was written by Lois Parshley and Ben Wessel, students at Middlebury College. Download a PDF copy of the guide.According to The Center for Public Integrity, more than 770 companies and interest groups hired an estimated 2,340 lobbyists …

Climate & Energy

The EPA ignored internal non-expert comments cut-and-pasted from anti-science deniers

Many of the top climate scientists in the world issued a major synthesis report reviewing the scientific literature since the 2007 IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4).  They found “greenhouse gas emissions and many aspects of the climate are changing near …

Climate & Energy

Study finds “mass biodiversity collapse” at 900 ppm

In 2007, the IPCC warned that “as global average temperature increase exceeds about 3.5°C [relative to 1980 to 1999], model projections suggest significant extinctions (40-70% of species assessed) around the globe.”  On our current emissions path, we will warm far …

Climate & Energy

Quitter-in-chief Sarah Palin attacks climate action and clean energy in falsehood-filled piece

Memo to Washington Post and editorial page editor Fred Hiatt: We get it already. You don’t like clean energy. You don’t mind publishing unfact-checked articles again and again. And if somebody wants to publish an op-ed attacking climate legislation focused …

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Calif. Audubon: Putting birders to work to build a case for climate action

The following essay was written by William B. Monahan, Senior GIS Scientist with Audubon California. The Yellow-billed Magpie’s native habitat in California is threatened by climate change.Alison Sheehey / California Audubon SocietyThey traipse through forest, grass and wetland, through mud, …

Climate & Energy

Palin eschews facts and economics in blasting cap-and-trade bill

The cap-and-trade climate and energy bill passed by the House last month is not a perfect piece of legislation. Critics on the right and left have leveled tough criticisms at it, questioning whether it will do much to accomplish its …

Business & Technology

“Smart” appliances that talk to the grid are coming your way soon

Sure, it’s smart, but is it a good conversationalist?So the oven says to the refrigerator, “Don’t be so cold.” That line will soon be more than a bad joke. The Jetsons are coming to life as dishwashers, washing machines, and …

Business & Technology

Sen. Alexander calls for 100 new nuke plants, won’t work with Dems on climate bill

Lamar Alexander unveils his plan.Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) on Monday called for 100 new nuclear power plants over the next 20 years as the central element of a climate and energy plan that Republicans intend to introduce in the Senate. …