Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Do dirty coal plants make us more vulnerable to swine flu?

Scientists have discovered that exposure to a common pollutant may make people more likely to experience severe symptoms from swine flu — and it’s a pollutant emitted in large quantities by coal-burning power plants and other industrial facilities. The culprit …

Climate & Energy

House approves “Cash for Clunkers” bill, enviros unimpressed

The House approved a measure on Tuesday that would give Americans a cash incentive to trade in their old, gas-guzzling automobiles for slightly more efficient models. The “Cash for Clunkers” bill passed through the chamber with a 298 to 119 …

Climate & Energy

Waxman-Markey could save $3,900 per household and create 650,000 jobs by 2030

The energy efficiency provisions in the House energy and climate bill (H.R. 2454) could save $750 per household by 2020 and $3,900 per household by 2030, according to an analysis by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).   An …

Climate & Energy

Offsets: Pissing the earth away

More than 2 and half years ago I wrote: “Mommy, where do carbon offsets come from?” “Well, you see sweetheart, when a major polluter and a consultant love money very, very much, they express that love in a special way. …

Business & Technology

Brookings: Fears that cap and trade will hurt farmers are baseless

Cross-posted from Wonk Room. A new economic study reveals that concerns a cap on global warming pollution could hurt American agriculture are unfounded. As the Waxman-Markey green economy legislation (H.R. 2454) moves toward passage in the House of Representatives, the …

Climate & Energy

Imperium CEO can’t take the truth

Michael Kanellos said the following in his Greentech Innovations Report last week: “A tour of its portfolio shows it has made some pretty good bets, and also nabbed some major clunkers. …On the other hand, it also put money into …

Business & Technology

Congress introduces twin bills to control drilling and protect drinking water

ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten reports: In a widely expected move that is sure to draw the ire of the oil and gas industry, Democratic members of Congress today introduced twin bills to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act and give the …

Climate & Energy

As Energy Northwest looks to nuclear power, expert details risks

Last week, news broke that regional power consortium Energy Northwest may be looking to build another nuclear reactor in Washington state. The last time Energy Northwest went after nuclear power, they were known as Washington Public Power Supply System — …

Climate & Energy

West Va. Supreme Court affirms toxic coal silo as wonderful playground

While coal may now be the official rock of West Virginia, it might soon become the official school vegetable, too. Call it organic clean coal. On the heels of being reprimanded by the US Supreme Court this week for allowing …