Climate & Energy

Former Republican Sen. George ‘Macaca’ Allen shills for dirty energy

Hey, remember George Allen, the former Republican senator from Virginia best known for using the racist slur “macaca” on camera during his failed bid for reelection in 2006? Apparently, he’s making his comeback as the Republican anti-climate bill poster boy, …

Everything you always wanted to know about the Waxman-Markey energy/climate bill — in bullet points

You keep hearing about the Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill — aka the American Clean Energy and Security Act, ACES, H.R. 2454 — but what’s actually in it? We combed through the 946-page beast so you don’t have to. Here …

U.S. climate envoy heads to China to seek bilateral climate deal

Negotiations on a new international climate pact are underway in Germany this week, but the United States’ top climate envoy is headed in the opposite direction with a planned trip this weekend to China. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd …

Me, on the (web) radio

Last week I made an appearance on Green Patriot Radio, and the episode is now online, with the somewhat amusing slug, “Mariel Hemingway and the Waxman-Markey Climate Bill.” You can listen to the episode … on a buggy player with …

Breaking: Rangel agrees to June 19 deadline for climate bill from House Ways and Means

Washington Insight/Energy news brief from the Washington Times just reported: Chairman Charles Rangel of the House Ways and Means Committee said he learned today that his panel has a deadline of June 19 to complete its version of the cap-and-trade …

Must-read new story on the Tennessee coal ash disaster and the myth of “clean coal”

Stop what you’re doing and proceed immediately to the current issue of GQ magazine, which contains a blockbuster piece of investigative journalism: “Black Tide,” by Sean Flynn. Here’s the slug: Just days before Christmas last year, an environmental disaster one …

Three crucial steps to fixing climate change in cities

I was just in Boston at the excellent Living Cities Green Boot Camp, which was focused on what it will take to actually start hugely and radically retrofitting existing buildings in cities. Cities are, as you all know, a huge …

90 months and counting

This piece was written for The Guardian by Andrew Simms, policy director of the New Economics Foundation in Britain. Ten months have passed since pointing out that we have, at best, 100 left before a new, far more dangerous phase …

Nobelist Krugman slams Reaganite Feldstein on global warming economics

Nobel prize-winning NYT columnist Paul Krugman has been doing some terrific writing on the economics of climate action (see Climate action “now might actually help the economy recover from its current slump” by giving “businesses a reason to invest in …