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Chevron hires former CNN correspondent to spin report on Amazon destruction

The New York Times has a great story about Chevron hiring a former CNN reporter to produce a “news” report to counter a 60 Minutes segment on the oil company’s contamination of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador. On May 3, …

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Former McCain spokesperson joins Gore’s team

Here’s a curious development for you: Brian Rogers, spokesperson for John McCain’s presidential campaign last year, is now working for Al Gore. Rogers sent an email dispatch on Friday announcing his new job as research director for Gore’s Alliance for …

Climate & Energy

President of Maldives wants to move his island nation

The New York Times Magazine has a pretty good piece on the Maldives, “Wanted: A New Home for My Country“: … ever since Nasheed declared on the eve of his inauguration last November that, because of global warming, he would …

Climate & Energy

Has anyone in U.S. history made more Americans less safe than Dick Cheney?

Back in March, Darth Vader former Vice President Dick Cheney said Americans are “less safe” now thanks to President Barack Obama and his policies.  He repeated and expanded on the charge yesterday on Face the Nation. Let’s set aside the …

Climate & Energy

How I learned to stop worrying and love Waxman-Markey, Part 1

The Waxman-Markey energy and climate bill is certainly not “da bomb.”  At best, it’s a B+. Then again, it is not a total bomb, as some think.  So you don’t have to be Dr. Strangelove — or the bill’s mother …

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Get your coal ringtones!

The dirty coal folks are still trying to prove they can be as musical as a Coal Miner’s Daughter.  The clean coal carolers got sent home (see “You won’t believe your ears: Frosty the Coalman, Clean Coal Night, Deck the …

Climate & Energy

Do you have any questions for McKinsey about their updated GHG cost curve?

I have written a great deal about the terrific work of McKinsey & Company (see “McKinsey 2008 Research in Review: Stabilizing at 450 ppm has a net cost near zero” and links below). So I was excited and delighted to …

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Resistance grows to increasing the amount of ethanol in gasoline

The ethanol lobby may still be reeling in the subsidies, but it doesn’t seem to be having any luck dealing with their other obsession, the so-called “blend wall,” i.e. the legally prescribed limit to the amount of ethanol that can …

Business & Technology

A bad idea, plus lots of cash

What’s that in your gas tank?This is a blog post about the intersection of a bad idea and lots of cash–your cash. The bad idea is this: growing crops to ferment and distill them into ethanol for internal combustion engines. …