Climate & Energy

U.S. economy shifting to — gasp! — efficiency

When it comes to urging environment-mindedness, high oil prices have proven much more persuasive than green groups ever did. The U.S. economy, built on cheap, plentiful energy, is shifting into a new mode. Americans are …

Earth to Webb

Va. Senator doesn’t get that the emissions are the crisis

Originally posted at the Wonk Room. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) told the Politico last week that “environmentalists will be forced to compromise next year and support the development of clean coal, nuclear power and other …

Top of the food chain

Global warming unleashes ‘world’s largest land predators’ on humans

It could be the premise of a new horror movie — based on an all-too-true story. We have “a new and unusual threat: a polar bear stuck on land due to climate change”: Five scientists …

Backwater blues

W. Va. governor Manchin subsidizes his own state’s economic irrelevance with liquid coal subsidies

I’ve written before about the economic and environmental nightmare that is liquid coal. If I were a governor and an energy company proposed opening a liquid coal plant in my state, I would marshal every …

The sky's the limit

Why smoggy skies over Beijing represent the world’s greatest environmental opportunity

The Atlantic Monthly‘s James Fallows, now living in China, has written a glass-is-half-full (air-is-half-breathable?) article, “China’s Silver Lining.” While I think he is a bit soft on China from a climate perspective, I think it …

Coal doublespeak: It's cheap, so give me money!

Virginia refuses to compel AEP’s customers to share in new coal plant’s construction costs

From Energy Central comes this gem of double speak from AEP Chairman Michael Morris, who, as the article notes … … has staked AEP’s plans for future generating capacity on Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle or …

Conventional wisdom?

Democratic and Republican conventions pledge to be greener than ever before

Can you find the green in this picture? Photo: Vidiot Both the Democratic and Republican national conventions have pledged to go greener this year. And they’ve drawn mockery for their efforts — particularly the Democrats, …

The (renewable) electron economy, part 3

A three-pronged approach to getting off oil for transportation

This is the third in a series on how we can build an energy future based on our best science and no longer critically dependent upon exhaustible and polluting fossil fuels. Getting off oil: a …

What all America can look forward to under McCain

AEP demands 45 percent rate increase for Ohio

What happens when your utility is 68 percent dependent on coal? American Electric Power said Thursday it must raise electricity rates 45 percent for its nearly 1.5 million customers in Ohio over the next three …