Climate & Energy

The (renewable) electron economy, part 3

A three-pronged approach to getting off oil for transportation

This is the third in a series on how we can build an energy future based on our best science and no longer critically dependent …

What all America can look forward to under McCain

AEP demands 45 percent rate increase for Ohio

What happens when your utility is 68 percent dependent on coal? American Electric Power said Thursday it must raise electricity rates 45 percent for its …

It's raining tigers and wolves

Science: Extreme rains supercharged by warming

Science has just published, “Atmospheric Warming and the Amplification of Precipitation Extremes” ($ub. req’d). It concludes: Here, we use satellite observations and model simulations to …

Price subsidy

How much of a subsidy is the Price-Anderson Nuclear Industry Indemnity Act?

The answer is perhaps as high as a hundred billion dollars. First some background. I testified in front of the Senate Environment and Public Works …

Where there's a drill, there's a way

New House bill combines drilling with tax extensions for renewables

A bipartisan group of House members has unveiled a new compromise energy bill, roughly along the lines of the Gang of 10 bill released in …

Fannie, Freddie, and Mobile-Sierra

Government-guaranteed, for-profit businesses are inherently risky

Q: What do the banking crisis and the energy crisis have in common? A: They have both been created in no small part by government …

IKEA invests in cleantech, may soon stock solar panels

Heading to IKEA for some meatballs and easy-to-assemble furniture? You may soon be able to pick up solar panels as well. The Swedish manufacturer plans …

Rockin' out

Shipments of geothermal heat pumps grew 33 percent in 2006

Baseload geothermal power gets all the attention because it has such enormous potential for delivering low-carbon 24/7 power. But geothermal heat pumps (GHPs) are every …

Who's getting the oil money?

Obama favored by Exxon employees, but McCain has gotten more oil money overall

Barack Obama put out an ad earlier this week accusing rival John McCain of being “in the pocket of Big Oil,” and the Democratic National …