Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Images of oil addiction in Canada’s tar sands

Pop quiz: After Saudi Arabia, which country has the most proven oil reserves? Wrong. Not only wrong, but wrong part of the world. Unless you are among the .00001 percent who guessed Canada — in which case, congratulations! Canada has …

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IYD: Next global climate agreement must safeguard survival of all countries, all peoples

I am writing in the midst of a dramatic shift in global climate policy. The official President’s Summary of COP-14 bears witness to this shift and signals the guiding principle of a just and equitable post-2012 climate agreement next year …

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Obama’s new climate czar on various environmental issues

Carol Browner is set to become Obama’s czar point-person on climate and energy issues. To get a flavor of her thinking, check out the short videos she did for the On Day One project. Here she urges the next president …

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CO2 — but not the sun — ‘is significantly correlated’ with temperature since 1850

The lead author of a new study ($ub. req’d) says Inhofe’s office mischaracterized her work with its blaring headline, “Study: Half of warming due to Sun!” Far from supporting Inhofe’s denialist fantasies, the research, led by Anja Eichler, senior scientist …

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It’s ‘premature’ to declare the death of an agreement in Copenhagen

[I’m going to reprint dispatches from the climate talks in Poland by Center for American Progress senior fellow Andrew Light, which were first printed in WonkRoom.] It goes by various names here: “The chicken and egg problem,” “The ping pong …

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Gore embraces 350 ppm target at Poznan

[This post is from Bill McKibben in Poland. For background on the science behind the 350 target and the challenge it poses see here and here.] Al Gore gave the international climate talks in Poznan a new set of marching …

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A carbon tax has efficient sticks, but what about carrots?

I’m finding the carbon tax vs. cap-and-trade debate unsatisfying, for several reasons. Here I’ll try to get at just one of them. In broad terms, you want greenhouse gas policy to do two things (well, more than two, but let’s …

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Al Gore calls for 350 ppm goal at Poznan climate summit

In a speech at the U.N. climate summit in Poland today, Al Gore argued that older targets for reducing global-warming pollution are out of date, and that world leaders should aim to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the …

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Enviro coalition offers up green recovery plan

A coalition of 17 environmental groups on Thursday offered their plan for an economic-recovery package, one that would direct nearly $171 billion to green programs over the next two years. The plan covers a variety of sectors, calling for investments …