Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

What mix of ignorance, ego, and incompetence explains Palin’s bizarre energy policy speech?

A few words on Palin’s energy speech, which I finally forced myself to read. I don’t really have words to express how bizarre this is. Where to begin? Why do a policy speech at this …

Business & Technology

Big Ethanol descends on Africa for land, water, and sympathetic governments

A few weeks ago I was in Mozambique for a conference that brought together NGOs, small-scale farmers, agricultural associations, and local media to discuss the impact of biofuel production in southern Africa. While the United …

Climate & Energy

The flawed economics of nuclear power

Over the last few years the nuclear industry has used concerns about climate change to argue for a nuclear revival. Although industry representatives may have convinced some political leaders that this is a good idea, …

Climate & Energy

Former veep to speak at Power Vote webcast tonight

Power Vote 2008 is hosting a live webcast tonight featuring former Vice President Al Gore. He’ll be talking about his Repower America campaign, the economic and climate crises, and the need for voters to go …

Climate & Energy

Umbra on unused fireplaces

Dear Umbra, We have a gas fireplace and a new baby girl, so we have decided to not use the fireplace this winter. What is the best way to keep the cold air from coming …

Climate & Energy

The hidden costs of coal haven’t exactly been a secret

“But under any external-cost scenario, coal’s price advantage erodes. Natural gas becomes a more cost-efficient generating fuel, since it emits less sulfur. More important, renewable resources like geothermal energy, wind, and solar energy, at five …

Climate & Energy

Palin gives first big speech on ‘strategic energy independence’

Sarah Palin in Toledo, Ohio. Photo: Madalyn Ruggiero / AP   For weeks now, GOP presidential candidate John McCain has been saying that in his administration, VP Sarah Palin would serve as energy czar, since …

Climate & Energy

China concedes its CO2 emissions have caught up to the U.S.

In what appears to be the first official acknowledgement of findings that China is emitting at least as much carbon dioxide annually as the United States (if not more), an official in charge of China’s …

Climate & Energy

The financial crisis is distracting us from … everything!

Prince Charles busted out with a strong message on Tuesday: This economic stuff is scary, but climate change is the real crisis. Word. But it turns out Chuck ain’t the only one using this device. …