Climate & Energy

Markey demands info on coal group’s role in forged climate-bill letters

Rep. Ed Markey wants to get to the bottom of the story.Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) wants answers from the pro-coal group that funded the organization responsible for the forged letters sent to House members. Markey, chair of the Select Committee …

Newt’s new money to fight climate change bill

This post was originally published on the website of the Center for Public Integrity and is reposted on Grist with CPI’s kind permission. The world’s largest coal company and one of the nation’s top fossil-fueled power companies are among the …

Meat, climate change, and industry tripe

Washington Post food-politics columnist Ezra Klein has taken a stand: people should eat less meat, because of its vast greenhouse gas footprint. To make his case, Ezra cited the FAO’s landmark “Livestock’s Long Shadow” report, which found that global meat …

Pay no attention to footnote #5

UPDATE 12:35pm: I’m now hearing NAM/ACCF has indefinitely postponed their press call to release their bogus jobs study. Apparently they’re saying they need to “further analyze” the numbers. Does that mean “even with our thumbs on the scale, we couldn’t …

Ask Umbra on smarter outlets

Send your question to Umbra! Q. Dear Umbra, I recently spent several months in New Zealand and was impressed with the simple energy-saving electrical outlets they used. Every outlet is equipped with a small switch allowing you to “turn off …

Blame game continues as more details on forged letters to Congress come to light

Officials at the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) are claiming to be victims of the forged anti-climate bill letters sent to three members of Congress earlier this summer, but a background document released by the organization reveals that …

More gas contamination affects Pennsylvania residents

Pennsylvania environment officials are investigating another natural gas well leak, after residents near the town of Roaring Branch complained last month that rust-colored water was flowing from a spring and two small creeks were bubbling with methane gas. The incident …

The senator from Montana and the middle class

This morning, the Senate took its final step on climate change before its summer vacation—a hearing pulled together by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus from Montana on how carbon allowances are allocated under the Waxman-Markey bill. The main takeaway: …

The good news about energy efficiency

Conventional wisdom has it that the effort to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions is going to be long, expensive, and painful for consumers; efficiency can at best defray the costs. It may not be visible to the casual news consumer, but that …