Climate & Energy

Bitchin' chimera

Various and sundry smart people debunk the ‘clean coal’ nonsense

Lots of great stuff on The Enemy of the Human Race available today. Kate mentioned CNN’s segment on Coal River Mountain, where a crucial battle over mountaintop removal mining is playing out. Really a must-watch. …

The harsh lessons of the financial bailout

Is 450 ppm (or less) politically possible? Part 7

No, 450 is not politically possible today. Nor is 550. Nor is action sufficient to stave off 1,000 ppm and 6°C warming. OK, that was clear before because congressional conservatives can certainly block the necessary …

A summary of the role of energy efficiency in last night’s debate

Squat. UPDATE: Okay, to be completely fair, in response to the question about how the candidates would ask Americans to sacrifice, Obama said this: But each and every one of us can start thinking about …

One swing voter, swung

Ingrid Jackson’s question about climate change put candidates on the spot

For the first time in this year’s presidential debates, the two candidates were asked point-blank about what they would do to address climate change in the first two years of their administration. Ingrid Jackson asks …

Plug-in hybrids revisited

My worries about PHVs have mostly abated

In my post last fall on Rob Lowe’s plug-in hybrid, I argued that in the absence of a cap on greenhouse gas emissions, switching to plug-in hybrids might actually be worse for the climate than …

E.U. Parliament votes on proposals to cut emissions 20 percent by 2020

On Tuesday, the European Parliament’s environment committee voted on a range of proposals intended to help achieve the European Union’s ambitious goal of cutting its greenhouse-gas emissions 20 percent by 2020. The committee voted to …

'Safe or disposable or something like that'

McCain mystified by Obama’s concerns over nuclear

Besides Obama’s prioritization of energy, there was another particularly striking moment in the debate. (And I’m not talking about McCain referring to Obama as “that one.”) In the midst of an answer on climate change, …

Energy first

Obama names energy as first administration priority

The candidates have put forth ambitious proposals on a number of issues, but one of the great unanswered questions of the race has been what each would prioritize in office. The first policy initiative undertaken …

Climate's brief turn in the spotlight

Obama and McCain asked directly about climate change at debate

The second 2008 presidential debate included a single, pointed question on global climate change from an audience member, but that didn’t stop both candidates from working the issue of energy independence into their responses to …