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Climate & Energy

Fossil-fuel power plants in U.S. to test using some solar energy

A utility group in the United States said it plans to test coupling solar thermal power with natural-gas and coal-fired power plants in an apparent bid to reduce fuel costs and greenhouse-gas emissions.

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Brother, can you spare a country?

“We do not want to leave the Maldives, but we also do not want to be climate refugees living in tents for decades.” — Mohamed Nasheed, newly elected president of the Maldives, on a plan to use tourism revenue to …

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It’s getting out there

Newsweek: But there are also powerful voices being raised amid the din of despair, saying that now is precisely the time to seize the initiative and launch the “global revolution” the IEA is calling for. And not just because it …

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House Dems taking sides in Dingell/Waxman battle over

Fighting words are being exchanged in the brewing battle over the chairmanship of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In an interview on Detroit’s WJR Radio last week, current Chair John Dingell (D-Mich.) called challenger Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) an “anti-manufacturing …

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Stabilize at 350 ppm or risk ice-free planet, warn NASA, Yale, Sheffield, Versailles, Boston et al

The good news: We can avoid multimeter sea-level rise, the loss of the inland glaciers that provide water to a billion people, rapid expansion of the subtropical deserts, and mass extinctions — each of which is all-but inevitable on our …

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A new record for the hurricane season of 2008

As Jeff Master, our favorite meteorologist and hurricane blogger, wrote on Saturday: This year is now the only hurricane season on record in the Atlantic that has featured major hurricanes in five separate months. The only year to feature major …

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Obama brings California dreaming

“Now we’ll get our phone calls returned.” — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, on what effect an Obama presidency would have on California, possibly including approval of the state’s tailpipe standards and big green energy investments that would boost Silicon Valley

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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 powerful House Energy and Commerce …

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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 and is republished here with …