Climate & Energy

Springfield has sprung

Barack Obama and Joe Biden make their first public appearance as ticket mates

“We literally can’t afford four more years of this non-energy policy, relying on hostile foreign countries … literally putting America’s security at risk,” said Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, in his first speaking engagement as Barack …

Inside WCI: Federal pre-emption

What happens with a new president?

This is part of a short series of posts that explain some important but often overlooked policy issues in the Western Climate Initiative — the West’s regional cap-and-trade system. (Much to readers’ delight, this is …

Tired of waiting for efficiency

Our right to know about fuel-efficient tires

I’m always fascinated by the “1 percent solutions” to energy. It seems to me that in order to address both climate change and fossil fuel dependence, we’ll need a few big structural changes, but we’ll …

Obama’s energy and climate advisors

Greenwire ($ub. req’d) has published a detailed list of who is advising Obama on energy and environment policies, which I am reprinting below the fold. Obama, an Illinois Democrat, has a notably deep bench of …

Report identifies areas where natural disasters could hit hardest

Natural disasters made more severe by climate change will hit especially hard in regions with shaky political, economic, and security situations, says a new report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian …

Nations gather in Ghana to talk shop on next climate-change accord

Some 1,600 delegates from 160 nations are moving forward on negotiations for a successor to the Kyoto Protocol as they gather this week in Accra, Ghana. The meeting is the third in a series of …

Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney talks to Grist

Cynthia McKinney. Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney sums up her energy policy with a simple, memorable rhyme: “Leave the oil in the soil.” “Right now we’ve got two energy policies in this country,” McKinney …

The (renewable) electron economy, part 6

Why electricity is the energy carrier of choice

Our already substantial 120-year investment in an electric infrastructure in industrial countries, makes the transition to a electricity based energy economy less expensive. There are sound physical reasons why the three main contenders for the …

Q: Will we see $3 gasoline before we see $5?

Short-term dip in oil prices will not offset long-term increases

A: “Who knows?” and “It doesn’t really matter.” Much higher gasoline prices that are sustained for a long, long time are now inevitable. The fundamentals in the oil market are that we are in the …