Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Why polluter lobbyists are rallying to protect ‘Tailpipe Johnny’

While the Obama transition team starts assembling the pieces of his administration, one of D.C.’s most intriguing subplots is unfolding: the contest between Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and John Dingell (D-Mich.) for chairmanship of the …

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America’s energy crunch comes home

This is a guest essay by Michael T. Klare, a professor at Hampshire College and an author, most recently, of Rising Powers, Shrinking Planet: The New Geopolitics of Energy. It was originally published on TomDispatch …

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Governating Alaska: not as fun when oil revenues are down

“Now we kick in that fiscal conservativeness that needs to be engaged, and we progress this state with $57-a-barrel oil.” — Alaska governor Sarah Palin, commenting on the changed fiscal landscape she’s returned to in …

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Tardy reflections on the election of Barack Obama

It feels a little weird that Obama won the election and I haven’t written anything about it. Everyone with a platform apparently feels obliged to say something profound, but after several aborted attempts, I find …

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Al Gore offers a five-part plan for solving the climate and financial crises

Al Gore has a fantastic op-ed in Sunday’s New York Times. There’s lots of good stuff, but one thing I was particularly pleased to see is this dismissal of the rush lately toward dirty domestic …

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Heartland’s climate experts: No actual expertise required

A journalist friend recently sent me this: I just got my “Journalist’s Guide to Global Warming Experts” from The Heartland Institute in the mail. They list four “experts” in Texas. It’s an awesome list. … …

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Island nation of Maldives to buy land elsewhere, fearing effects of climate change

The new president of the Maldives, a tiny nation comprised of low-lying islands and atolls in the Indian Ocean, has said the country will begin using a portion of its tourism money to buy a …

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Congress to vote on clearing way for road through remote wildlife refuge

Congress is expected to vote this month on a potentially precedent-setting land swap that would clear the way for a road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in southwestern Alaska. Locals say the road’s main purpose …

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Obama’s team considers how to tackle energy and climate policy

An economic recovery plan will be priority No. 1, President-elect Barack Obama said on Saturday (and enviros hope that plan will include green elements). As part of its economic planning, the Obama team is looking …