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Obama pitches energy independence in his prime-time TV spot

In a half-hour political infomercial aired on multiple TV networks Wednesday night, Democrat Barack Obama focused on several of the most pressing issues facing Americans today — including energy independence. The ad featured several regular …

In your weatherize, the light, the heat ...

Win money to weatherize your home in The Home Depot’s video contest

You can save energy. We can help. Photo: OsCataleptic. If weatherizing makes you complete, consider entering The Home Depot’s “Save Money. Save Energy. Win Big.” contest by submitting a short video about ways you save …

Meet the people who might fill top environmental jobs in an Obama administration

    How green would Obama’s cabinet be? A few names to file away.   So what exactly does change look like? Barack Obama has ambitious energy and environmental plans. If he wins on Nov. …

Greedwashing

The intellectual bankruptcy of the Cato Institute

“They have learned nothing, and they have forgotten nothing.” So the French statesman Talleyrand supposedly said of the pre-revolution monarchy. The words apply equally well to that bastion of libertarianism, the Cato Institute. Over the …

Global biz leaders support push for international climate agreement

Undeterred by the shaky economy, a gathering of global business leaders on Wednesday gave the thumbs-up to the United Nations’ effort to clinch a global climate deal at its December 2009 rendezvous in Copenhagen.

Going down flailing

What mix of ignorance, ego, and incompetence explains Palin’s bizarre energy policy speech?

A few words on Palin’s energy speech, which I finally forced myself to read. I don’t really have words to express how bizarre this is. Where to begin? Why do a policy speech at this …

The ethics of ethanol

Big Ethanol descends on Africa for land, water, and sympathetic governments

A few weeks ago I was in Mozambique for a conference that brought together NGOs, small-scale farmers, agricultural associations, and local media to discuss the impact of biofuel production in southern Africa. While the United …

A waste of energy

The flawed economics of nuclear power

Over the last few years the nuclear industry has used concerns about climate change to argue for a nuclear revival. Although industry representatives may have convinced some political leaders that this is a good idea, …

Gore to please

Former veep to speak at Power Vote webcast tonight

Power Vote 2008 is hosting a live webcast tonight featuring former Vice President Al Gore. He’ll be talking about his Repower America campaign, the economic and climate crises, and the need for voters to go …