Climate & Energy

GOP Lobbyist: ‘As an article of Faith,’ it is ‘pretentious’ to believe in global warming

In April, Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL) said he knows with 100% certainty that humans can’t cause devastating sea level rise because God said in the Bible he would “never again” devastate humans with a flood again (see Rep. Shimkus: “Man …

What’s in a name? For the slimehead and toothfish, a makeover leads to rampant overfishing

“If the slimehead were still a slimehead, it wouldn’t be in this kind of trouble,” begins a good WashPost story today on overfishing of the Orange roughy and other fish with popular nom de plumes. As lakes and oceans have …

The only way to win the clean energy race is to pass the clean energy bill

Some 1970s-era liberals and old-school enviros think massive government spending is the only way to achieve the clean energy transition. They could not be more wrong, as a particularly uninformed post by the otherwise cutting-edge Grist online magazine makes clear. …

James Lovelock and the End Times

British scientist and author James Lovelock has just had published a follow-up book to his 2006 book, “The Revenge of Gaia: Earth’s Climate Crisis and the Fate of Humanity.” This 2009 one is entitled, “The Vanishing Face of Gaia: A …

Ask Umbra on power-strip alternatives

Send your question to Umbra! Q. Hi Umbra, I know that the little trickle of electricity that so many appliances use even when they are “off” adds up to a significant amount of power. I also know that a power …

Religious leaders call for end to mountaintop removal

As the brilliant lights of the White House shine across Pennsylvania Avenue Monday evening, generated by a coal-fired plant that uses coal stripmined from devastating mountaintop removal operations in Appalachia, religious leaders and organizations representing over 45 million Americans from …

Foreign disbelief of topless America

Spoleto, Umbria — When President Barack Obama trundled into the bel paese of Italy for the G8 gathering last month, some of my neighbors in the verdant hills of Umbria were surprised to learn about their country’s small (12 percent …

Tracking where senators stand on climate legislation

Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)

Bob Corker Sen. Bob Corker came out swinging against the climate bill that the House passed in June. “I didn’t think it was possible, but the Waxman-Markey climate bill appears to be even more problematic than the climate bill that …

Can climate legislation survive the Senate Ag Committee’s embrace?

Real climate action–or agribusiness as usual?Photo: mike138After the House narrowly passed the Waxman-Markey climate legislation, there was some talk that the bill might be “strengthened” in the Senate. The bill’s sponsors had faced a serious slog in getting it through …