Climate & Energy

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 …

Climate & Energy

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 …

Climate & Energy

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. …

Climate & Energy

A climate-news poem for the week of May 4

Don’t miss last week’s dubious bit of doggerel. Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso with Obama earlier this year.White HouseMonday seemed so hopeful, when Aso came out strong: Japan and other powers must act before too long. “Hear, hear!” cried U.S. …

Climate & Energy

Selling out the polar bears … or smart climate politics?

In upholding the Bush-era decision on polar bears, is Obama shrewdly pushing a larger climate agenda?iStock PhotoThe Obama administration will uphold a controversial Bush-era decision that limits protection for polar bears under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Interior Secretary Ken …

Climate & Energy

Bolivia’s 18,000 year-old Chacaltaya glacier is gone

”Chacaltaya has disappeared. It no longer exists,” said Dr. Edson Ramirez, head of an international team of scientists that has studied the glacier since 1991. Like the Wicked Witch of the West, the world is melting — and fast. The …

Climate & Energy

Straight talk with Congressman Doyle

“This is 2009. We’ve got 41 years in this deal, and we shouldn’t be so worried about the first 10 years.” — Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), Environment and Energy Daily, May 7, 2009 The time for climate action is now.wwarby …