Climate & Energy

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 …

Schmidt for energy czar!

Google’s CEO is the one person who can engineer the transition

No position under the next administration will be more important for the economy, the environment, and national security than energy secretary. And no one fits the position as perfectly as Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Schmidt …

Guten Morgan

A potentially game-changing development in concentrated solar PV

In the Toronto Star, Tyler Hamilton takes a close look at a cool new company, Morgan Solar, which has developed a potentially revolutionary form of "concentrating photovoltaic" solar technology. It’s intended to be simple and …

Against a gas tax

Why taxes can’t get us where we need to go on transportation

As of Monday, the average price of gasoline in the U.S. was down to $2.22 a gallon, brushing up against $1.50 in some places. The price of oil was under $60/bbl. When gas and oil …