Climate & Energy

Looks like no Senate vote on climate and clean energy bill until at least November

As I have said many times “Obama can get a better climate bill in 2010” – although that is true only if he and Congress have a coherent strategy to do just that (which at this point, they don’t, see …

Politico’s anonymous sources slam Barbara Boxer’s “abrasive personal style”

I was going to blog on this umpteenth attack on strong progressive women, but Matt Yglesias beat me to the punch here, so to speak. I’ll add my thoughts to Matt’s comments at the end: I used to think that …

Will America lose the clean-energy race? Only if we listen to The Breakthrough Institute

The radioactive disinformers of The Breakthrough Institute (TBI) have broken through to the MSM again.  This time they got The San Francisco Chronicle to print their willfully misleading op-ed attacking “Obama and Democratic leaders” for supposedly failing to deliver on …

Juliet Eilperin talks climate legislation with The Nation

The Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin chats with The Nation about whether or not climate legislation has a snowball’s chance of passing this year, and if the bill currently being debated in the Senate can really “solve the problem.”  

Obama admin should bring defense and climate funding into balance, argues a new report

Image: Tom Twigg/Grist With climate change among the world’s biggest security challenges, the Obama administration should be pumping much more money into addressing the problem, argues a new report [PDF] from the Institute for Policy Studies. In fiscal year 2008, …

Bordering on Chaos: Climate change melts lines drawn in ice

As climate change melts the world’s glaciers, some nations must redefine their national borders. Above, the Basodino Glacier near the Swiss-Italian border.Via Wikimedia Commons Something really rather strange is happening to Switzerland, where I spent part of last week at …

Blackout: Heinberg on dwindling coal reserves and the siren song of “clean coal”

Blackout: Coal, Climate and the Last Energy Crisis, Richard HeinbergThere isn’t nearly as much coal left as most people think. “Clean coal” will run down limited reserves even faster. If humanity doesn’t begin massive, sustained investment in renewable power sources …

Why some Russians look forward to global warming

Conquering its vast wilderness has long been a dream of Russia’s rulers, even the not-so-capitalist ones…Freedom Toast via FlickrOK, this is really a glorified retweet, but Brad Plumer has a fascinating post at the New Republic about Russia’s apparent enthusiasm …

Small changes at EPA could have big environmental impacts

While climate change legislation works its way toward 60 votes in the Senate, President Obama’s EPA has been quietly working on some serious revisions to the guidelines it uses to conduct cost-benefit analysis.  Tweaks they might make to the powerful …