Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Ford, Toyota, GM all to help meet Obama’s goal of 1 million plug-ins by 2015

Major car companies are starting to vote on their choice for the “car and fuel of the future” with big bets on manufacturing capacity.  The winner, no surprise, is going to be highly efficient plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and pure …

Climate & Energy

What’s going down, Down Under?

Australia is the canary-in-the-coal-mine koala-in-the-bushfire for climate change, since it is the most arid habited continent (see “Australia today offers horrific glimpse of U.S. Southwest, much of planet, post-2040” and “Global Boiling: Australia’s hellish black Saturday of extreme fire“).  Prime …

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The epic battle for the Senate, Part 1: What we can learn from the House vote.

A few moderate senators in both parties hold in their hands the fate of climate legislation — and hence the possibility that the nation and the world might have a realistic chance of averting catastrophic climate impacts.  That’s because The …

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Must-read NOAA paper smacks down the deniers

Nothing occupies global warming deniers more than trying to prove that the U.S. temperature record — a tiny portion of the global temperature record — is not reliable.  Now NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center has issued an excellent Q&A, “Is …

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Lamar Alexander (R-TN) calls nuclear “the cheap clean energy solution”

Lamar Alexander (R-TN) is somewhat bizarrely called a Senate “fence-sitter” by the E&E News analysis (which I’ll blog on shortly). If you’re watching the Senate climate hearing, then you just heard the most uninformed endorsement of nuclear power ever offered …

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France imports UK electricity as summer heatwave puts a third of its nukes out of action

To avoid maxxing out on my July quota of irony in the first week of the month, I will simply report this as a straight news story.  The UK Times reports: With temperatures across much of France surging above 30C …

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“Republicans can’t regain their souls for demagoguing the issue”

“There’s got to be something more important than getting reelected,” Perriello said in an interview with Politico. “If I lose my seat, and that’s the worst that happens, I could live with that.” But the 34-year-old believes Democrats will win …

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How I learned to stop worrying and love the blogosphere

The debate over Waxman-Markey reminds me of what I love most about blogging. No, it’s not what you think, it’s not the chance to be snarky.  I don’t need the blogosphere for that. No, what I like about the blogosphere …

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Roger Pielke Sr. misrepresents the science of global warming

RealClimate has just eviscerated Roger Pielke, Sr. in an important post, “More bubkes.”  I am going to excerpt it at length because: It thoroughly debunks some now-standard denier talking points on sea level rise, ocean heat content, and Arctic sea …