Climate & Energy

Attack on industrial wind puffed with false peer review claims

Nina Pierpont is a long-time, self-published advocate of the view that living within a kilometer or two of industrial scale wind farms can cause migraines, sleep deprivation, and other serious symptoms and long term damage. Now she’s gained mainstream attention …

World’s top energy economist warns peak oil threatens recovery, urges immediate action

“Oil prices leapt above $70 a barrel Monday in Asia on investor expectations a recovering global economy will boost crude demand,” the AP reports. You might call those investors speculators – if speculation can be based on marketplace reality.  The …

Did Time's Bryan Walsh cut-and-paste a faulty critique of Obama’s clean energy efforts?

Exhibit 1, from an SF Chronicle op-ed by the disinformers of The Breakthrough Institute, published July 27: China alone is reportedly investing $440 billion to $660 billion in its clean-energy industries over 10 years. South Korea is investing a full …

GOP Lobbyist: ‘As an article of Faith,’ it is ‘pretentious’ to believe in global warming

In April, Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) said he knows with 100% certainty that humans can’t cause devastating sea level rise because God said in the Bible he would “never again” devastate humans with a flood again (see Rep. Shimkus: “Man …

What’s in a name? For the slimehead and toothfish, a makeover leads to rampant overfishing

“If the slimehead were still a slimehead, it wouldn’t be in this kind of trouble,” begins a good WashPost story today on overfishing of the Orange roughy and other fish with popular nom de plumes. As lakes and oceans have …

The only way to win the clean energy race is to pass the clean energy bill

Some 1970s-era liberals and old-school enviros think massive government spending is the only way to achieve the clean energy transition. They could not be more wrong, as a particularly uninformed post by the otherwise cutting-edge Grist online magazine makes clear. …

James Lovelock and the End Times

British scientist and author James Lovelock has just had published a follow-up book to his 2006 book, “The Revenge of Gaia: Earth’s Climate Crisis and the Fate of Humanity.” This 2009 one is entitled, “The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A …

Ask Umbra on power-strip alternatives

Send your question to Umbra! Q. Hi Umbra, I know that the little trickle of electricity that so many appliances use even when they are “off” adds up to a significant amount of power. I also know that a power …

Religious leaders call for end to mountaintop removal

As the brilliant lights of the White House shine across Pennsylvania Avenue Monday evening, generated by a coal-fired plant that uses coal stripmined from devastating mountaintop removal operations in Appalachia, religious leaders and organizations representing over 45 million Americans from …