Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

How to shut down 93% of coal without building new plants or reducing power supply

Two interesting observations: 50% of U.S. power generation (in MWh) comes from coal, while only 20% comes from natural gas. 32% of total U.S. power generation capacity (in MW) is coal-fired, while 42% is gas-fired. When it runs, the natural …

Climate & Energy

Vermont feed-in tariffs become law

Vermont’s feed-in tariff legislation became law at the end of business on May 27, 2009. H. 446 is the first legislation calling for a full system of advanced renewable tariffs in the US to pass the legislature and become law. …

Climate & Energy

A climate-news poem for the week of May 25

Here’s how to fix the climate: Take trips that are quite fancy.In the mood for Chinese? Bag Beijing with John and Nancy.Hit London, why don’t Chu, or give a crepe with Todd.Just don’t think of your carbon trail, and make …

Climate & Energy

Climate politics scoop and question of the week

Okay, I don’t know if it is a scoop, heck, I don’t know for certain it is true, but a very reliable source tells me that speaker Pelosi wants the climate bill on the House floor the last week in …

Climate & Energy

Can human rights be the climate movement’s moral guide?

Courtesy of Three DegreesI’m spending this Thursday and Friday at the Three Degrees conference on climate change and human rights, hosted by the University of Washington School of Law. Some 40 speakers—mostly legal scholars, but also public health experts, NGO …

Climate & Energy

New ads target three House members who voted against climate bill

The League of Conservation Voters, VoteVets.org, and the Building and Construction Trades Department of the AFL-CIO are running new ads targeting two Democrats and one Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee who voted against the Waxman-Markey climate and energy …

Business & Technology

So how much would a $20/ton carbon price really cost?

First I said that we shouldn’t confuse wealth transfers with economic pain. Then I said that a $20/ton carbon price works out to a 1.4 cent/kWh rate increase. Astute readers may have noticed a disconnect. (Isn’t 1.4 cents/kWh economic pain?) …

Climate & Energy

The Climate Post: Something wrought in the state of Denmark?

The word “Copenhagen” hangs over climate discussions everywhere from Washington to Wagga Wagga. That’s because in December the world travels to the Danish capital for the 15th Conference of Parties meeting, affectionately referred to as COP15. There, nations large and …

Climate & Energy

Congressional leaders head to China to make nice on climate

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.XinhuaHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in China this week leading a congressional delegation to discuss, among other things, climate change and environmental protections. But despite the public displays of unity on climate, …