Climate & Energy

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 …

Above average

Savvy citizen asks the right question about climate change at debate

Thank heavens for the “average citizen.” After approximately 4 million debates over the past year, someone finally asked the right and real question about climate change. Ingrid Jackson, over in Section C of the audience …

Debate Video: Obama on energy independence

Obama on energy in tonight’s debate:

Commerce clause

The House Energy and Commerce Committee releases draft of potential climate legislation

Energy and Commerce Committee Chair John Dingell (D-Mich.) and ranking member Rick Boucher (D-Va.) released a “discussion draft” of their long-awaited climate change legislation today. “This draft is the culmination of nearly two years of …