Climate & Energy

The whole ball of Waxman

Dingell implores colleagues to side with him on climate bill

A vote on who will lead a committee key to writing any climate legislation could come as early as this week. With the vote on his chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce panel looming, …

A helping hand

A concentrated solar BACT for new coal?

I recently listed a bunch of Best Available Control Technologies (BACT) for limiting CO2 emissions from new coal plants, following the landmark ruling by the EPA Environmental Appeals Board. But a leading expert on solar …

Dingell-Boucher Q&A

Q: Does Dingell-Boucher have meaningful auctioning of CO2 permits before 2026?

A: No. The Dingell-Boucher climate bill has been criticized by many for having weak targets over the next two decades (see here). And even moderate Senators have doubts about using offsets as a major cost-containment …

A request to carbon tax supporters

Why should we assume that a carbon tax will be simple and transparent?

I keep hearing that a carbon tax is obviously superior to a cap-and-trade system because it is “simpler and more transparent.” This has always struck me as a classic case of petitio principii — Latin …

Bush: all the bailout, none of the social benefits

I see that Bush is delightful as always: Complaining about what it termed partisan "gridlock" in Congress, the White House late Friday called on lawmakers to let U.S. auto makers get quick access to a …

It's a bonanza!

Coal stocks drop in wake of EPA Bonanza decision

A friend wrote and suggested that I check the stock prices for coal companies in the wake of Thursday’s EPA decision. Well looky here! As of Friday: Peabody Energy Corp Change: 2.40 (8.14%) Arch Coal …

Not investment advice

According to the DOE (see this excellent powerpoint [PDF] by the DOE Solar America program), U.S. electricity demand will grow by 386 terrawatt hours by 2015. According to the EPA, those new electrons won’t come …

A defense of the GM bailout

Because small fixes make the biggest difference

Despite the excellent reasons to reject the GM bailout, consider this: a strings-attached investment that tweaked GM’s production model could reap huge climate benefits — perhaps bigger than anything else we do to autos in …

Brit's Eye View: Obama-rama

The British love Obama too, and hope he’ll inspire climate action

First things first: We love Barack Obama here in Britain, maybe almost as much as you do. Possibly there are disappointed Republican sympathizers in the U.K., but I haven’t met any, and relief at the …