Climate & Energy

Six degrees of preparation

Must-read IEA report explains what must be done to avoid 6 degrees C warming

The International Energy Agency is out with its World Energy Outlook 2008. I wrote last week about the report’s stark conclusions on oil. The IEA’s conclusions on climate are even starker: “Without a change in …

Energy vs. climate

Climate change and peak oil point us toward the same policies

This is, I think, one of the underappreciated aspects of the climate problem. I blog about it on Nature‘s Climate Feedback blog. While most pundits put the problems of energy supply and climate in opposition, …

Coal is different

If we try cap-and-trade systems, we have to handle coal separately

Below is a first draft of an essay I’m formulating. I welcome comments and will post a revised draft after a while: Why we must be more concerned about capping emissions than trading them If …

Bush admin takes first step toward new offshore drilling

The Bush administration took the first step toward new offshore drilling on Thursday, asking for public comments on a proposal to potentially open up an area to drilling some 50 miles off the Virginia coast. …

Lots of natural gas is chillin’ on Alaska’s North Slope, says USGS

There’s enough natural gas frozen 2,000 feet below the permafrost on Alaska’s icy North Slope to heat 100 million homes for up to a decade, the U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday. Look alive, Palin pipeline!

Transition talk: Wherever you go, there you czar

More on the proposed ‘National Energy Council’

The government in waiting Center for American Progress Action Fund held a press conference on Wednesday to unveil its new book, Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President. The book won’t be …

New Zealand’s new leader wants emissions-trading scheme

New Zealand Prime Minister-Elect John Key has a goal to implement an emissions-trading scheme within nine months — though he will face much pushback from the opposing ACT party.

Are Canadian car-buyers getting sold a bill of goods?

Inflated fuel efficiency ratings for Canada’s cars

A few weeks ago, Canadian resident Rachel Perks sent me an email puzzler. Why is it that apparently identical cars — same make, model, engine size, specs, etc. — are advertised with drastically better fuel …

T. Boone Pickens’ wind-power plans becalmed

T. Boone Pickens’ plan to build a gigantuous wind farm in Texas is being held up thanks to a drop in natural-gas prices and the credit crunch. “With natural gas prices where they are, you …