Climate & Energy

Costs kill Ontario’s new nukes

It all started so well. Almost exactly three years ago, Ontario’s government announced the construction of two new nuclear reactors to replace ageing parts of our current power supply. Despite the drawbacks of being announced in the middle of summer …

The House climate bill debate, in one minute

Grist sat through roughly six hours of debate of the climate bill on Friday, and if you were watching or following our live blogging of it, you know how painful it got at times. For those who want to see …

Why we overestimate the costs of climate change legislation

Recent days have seen a flurry of blogospheric back-and-forth about the new CBO and EPA reports, and more generally about the costs and benefits of climate change legislation. As someone who believes the costs are overestimated and the benefits underrated, …

Seattle and Berkeley drop biodiesel

Here’s a King 5 News video clip and here is a short article from the online Seattle PI, demonstrating how much easier it is to fall back on science when there’s money involved. The PI article suggests that Seattle quit …

The cost of cap-and-trade: What MIT really thinks

The following post was written by David Hone, the climate change adviser for Shell. It it reprinted with Hone’s permission. The experts at the MIT Joint Program on the Science & Policy of Global Change have long been advocates of …

We need more than ACES

Yesterday morning, on the day that the House of Representatives very narrowly passed a very problematic–a bad–climate bill, I finally became clear in my mind what I was hoping for. My first choice was that the House leadership cancel the …

VIDEO: Violent Massey attack on Goldman Prize winner Judy Bonds

Question of the week: Has any Obama administration or West Virginia state official publicly denounced the violence by the mountaintop removal operators this week? Courtesy Coal River Mountain Watch / Amy SicklesIn last Tuesday’s nonviolent march from Marsh Fork Elementary …

House passes landmark climate and clean-energy bill

House Democrats late Friday eked out a win on the American Clean Energy and Security Act, getting just one more vote than was necessary to pass the sweeping bill. The victory marks the first major action by the U.S. Congress …

Did Waxman-Markey’s ancestors really deliver on their promises?

President Obama is betting that a cap-and-trade program can help solve the climate crisis. Southern California leaders hoped the same thing when they set up a cap-and-trade program to clean up the region’s air. The results? See above. Photo: jordansmall …