Climate & Energy

Can Massey break the law with impunity?

Coal vs. wind showdown in West Virginia today

Back in August, Kate brought you the story of Coal River Mountain, one of the last intact mountains in West Virginia’s Coal River Valley. WV activists want to site a wind farm on the mountain …

Umbra on being an energy-efficient renter

Dear Umbra, I’m an apartment dweller in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it doesn’t get too cold or too hot. Still, my energy bill is much too high for my liking and I’m wondering …

The (renewable) electron economy, part 10

Renewables and the ‘Cheap Energy Contract’

Earlier in this series, we established that electric-driven transport can fairly rapidly substitute for petroleum in most ground transport applications and that renewable electric generators will be the most quickly deployable and functional of the …

White roofs could help keep climate change at bay

This whole climate-change debacle could be significantly slowed down if the world’s 100 largest cities thing installed white roofs and more-reflective pavement, says a new study to be published in the journal Climatic Change. It …

Palin and renewables

McCain’s VP pick has a mixed record on supporting renewables in home state

McCain VP pick Sarah Palin has a record of being both a friend and foe of Big Oil in her home state of Alaska. But she’s also made a point of voicing support for renewable …

McLovins

Lovins predicts the coming oil price crash won’t be like the last one

The world can always use another profile of Amory Lovins — here’s one in The Economist. (Check out the nuke boosters in comments — man, those guys are like spurned lovers. Let it go already.) …

U.S. intelligence report says climate change likely to lead to security threats

A new draft report from the United States’ top intelligence analyst forecasts future security threats to the U.S. and other nations from climate change, as well as declining influence of the U.S. on world affairs. …

Get rich quick

Energy efficiency, part 5: ‘The highest documented rate of return of any federal program’

I was at the U.S. Department of Energy when the Gingrich gang took over and tried to shut down all of DOE’s applied energy research, claiming it was a waste of taxpayer money. I helped …

On the shrink of disaster

Arctic shrinks by one Alaska and three Arizonas in August

Another week, another record in Arctic ice-loss announced by the National Snow and Ice Data Center: Following a record rate of ice loss through the month of August, Arctic sea ice extent already stands as …