Climate & Energy

Putting lipstick on a rig

McCain visits an oil rig, repeats call for more offshore drilling

Hurricane Dolly blew away John McCain’s planned visit to an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico last month, but the senator made another go at it today. On a Chevron-operated rig 150 miles off …

The doomed fate of climate change legislation

In either an Obama or McCain adminstration, climate legislation will be back-burnered

Just months ago there was a palpable sense of optimism that no matter who is elected president this November that the U.S. would soon embark on serious climate change legislation. I think recent events have …

National Clean Energy Summit: Clinton miscellanea

A few more bits from Clinton’s Q&A were of interest. First, he was asked how he would respond to ordinary people’s pocketbook concerns on energy, and that’s when he really shined. (Responding to average folk …

National Clean Energy Summit: Rubinomics

Robert Rubin laments climate change, is forced to answer for Citi’s contribution to it

Robert Rubin — Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Citigroup Inc. and former Clinton administration Treasury Secretary, among many, many other things — gave the afternoon keynote speech at the National Clean …

National Clean Energy Summit: Boone

T. Boone Pickens lays out his plan to a progressive crowd

Famed oilman T. Boone Pickens gave the morning keynote at the National Clean Energy Summit, in what might have seemed hostile territory. "I don’t see anyone here from my party," said the longtime Republican and …

Google.org invests in geothermal energy

Google.org, the philanthropic arm of the search giant, has announced a $10.25 million investment in geothermal energy technology. The money will back two start-up companies that specialize in enhanced geothermal systems (EGS), the process of …

Reid and Dems’ Stockholm Syndrome

Ugh. Harry Reid is onstage saying, in a single breath, that new drilling won’t do any good, and that the Gang of 10 energy compromise — which contains new drilling — is a wonderful thing. …

Summit sprint

The summit has a jam-packed schedule today — I talked to one of the organizers from CAP and he said "it’s because people kept wanting to talk!" I’ll try to keep up throughout the day.

Hedging hog

Note to media: Enough with the multiple hedges on climate science!

In an otherwise fascinating story on the growing “icebreaker gap” in the rapidly defrosting Arctic Ocean, NYT reporter Andy Revkin writes: Even with the increasing summer retreats of sea ice, which many polar scientists say …