Climate & Energy

Even with economic headwind, U.S. still adds 4,000 MW of new wind — and a dozen new factories

The U.S. wind energy industry installed 1,210 megawatts (MW) of new power generating capacity in the second quarter, bringing the total added this year to just over 4,000 MW –  an amount larger than the 2,900 MW added in the …

Another major study predicts rapid warming over next few years — nearly 0.3°F by 2014

From 2009 to 2014, projected rises in anthropogenic influences and solar irradiance will increase global surface temperature 0.15 ±0.03 °C, at a rate 50% greater than predicted by IPCC. So conclude Judith Lean, of the US Naval Research Laboratory, and …

The fantastical falsehoods of Roger Pielke, Jr.

Now that they’ve shut down his original blog, Roger Pielke, Jr., is desperately trying to remain relevant in the blogosphere.  Pielke’s preferred strategy – as it has always been – is to utterly misrepresent what people say and then attack …

Looks like no Senate vote on climate and clean energy bill until at least November

As I have said many times “Obama can get a better climate bill in 2010” – although that is true only if he and Congress have a coherent strategy to do just that (which at this point, they don’t, see …

Politico’s anonymous sources slam Barbara Boxer’s “abrasive personal style”

I was going to blog on this umpteenth attack on strong progressive women, but Matt Yglesias beat me to the punch here, so to speak. I’ll add my thoughts to Matt’s comments at the end: I used to think that …

Will America lose the clean-energy race? Only if we listen to The Breakthrough Institute

The radioactive disinformers of The Breakthrough Institute (TBI) have broken through to the MSM again.  This time they got The San Francisco Chronicle to print their willfully misleading op-ed attacking “Obama and Democratic leaders” for supposedly failing to deliver on …

Juliet Eilperin talks climate legislation with The Nation

The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin chats with The Nation about whether or not climate legislation has a snowball’s chance of passing this year, and if the bill currently being debated in the Senate can really “solve the problem.”  

Obama admin should bring defense and climate funding into balance, argues a new report

Image: Tom Twigg/Grist With climate change among the world’s biggest security challenges, the Obama administration should be pumping much more money into addressing the problem, argues a new report [PDF] from the Institute for Policy Studies. In fiscal year 2008, …

Bordering on Chaos: Climate change melts lines drawn in ice

As climate change melts the world’s glaciers, some nations must redefine their national borders. Above, the Basodino Glacier near the Swiss-Italian border.Via Wikimedia Commons Something really rather strange is happening to Switzerland, where I spent part of last week at …