Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

California’s Mary Nichols doubts reports that Obama has settled on EPA pick

Mary Nichols, head of California’s powerful Air Resources Board, says she doesn’t believe unattributed news reports that she or Lisa Jackson, former commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection, are (or are not) front-runners to be President-elect Obama’s nominee …

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Grist video kicks off Global Day of Climate Action 2008

In honor of the fourth annual Global Day of Climate Action on Dec. 6 and the global climate talks currently going down in Poznan, Poland, Grist put together a little video to get everyone thinking about how they’re acting to …

Climate & Energy

Healthcare/energy parallels

Commenting on an article by MIT economist Jonathan Gruber, Jonathan Cohn says this: Reform, he notes, could eventually create a more rational health care system in which we don’t throw away so much money on administration, inefficient care, or unnecessary …

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Alliance for Climate Protection CEO Cathy Zoi talks clean energy

Alliance for Climate Protection CEO Cathy Zoi was part of the massive energy panel that Third Way hosted on Tuesday, one of several folks representing the environmental community. After the event, Grist caught up with Zoi to talk more about …

Climate & Energy

More misleading salvos in the great carbon tax debate

Professional lost-cause Ralph Nader has found another arena in which to unhelpfully intrude: carbon policy. On the Wall Street Journal op-ed page, no less, he argues for a carbon tax. I personally have no dog in the carbon tax vs. …

Climate & Energy

Clean coal salesman Joe Lucas shucks and jives for NPR

This NPR story on clean coal is astounding. Pardon the long post, but I had to transcribe several parts of it so you wouldn’t think I’m making it up. The story begins with Al Gore making (and repeating several times) …

Climate & Energy

Emergency stimulus requires an emergency board

Cross-posted from the NDN blog. —– Clean infrastructure stimulus is coming and it is coming fast, perhaps as soon as Jan. 20, given the new accelerated timetable of President-elect Obama and the Congressional leadership. For us at NDN, this is …

Climate & Energy

What will make Obama a great president? Part 2

Future historians will inevitably judge all 21st century presidents as failures if the world doesn’t stop catastrophic global warming. If global warming exceeds 5°C (or even 3°C), then we will head inexorably toward an ice free planet with widespread desertification, …

Business & Technology

Bank of America will stop funding mountaintop-removal mining

In a big win for environmentalists, Bank of America agreed Wednesday to “phase out financing” to coal companies “whose predominant method of extracting coal” is mountaintop-removal mining. Green groups recently persuaded several BoA execs to visit ravaged Appalachian mountains. Ironically, …