Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

The intellectual bankruptcy of conservatism: Heritage even opposes energy efficiency

Conservative think tanks remain oblivious and impervious to the facts. They cling to global warming denial and delay even in the face of the remarkable advances both in scientific understanding about global warming and in clean technology solutions. They provide …

Climate & Energy

Q. Does daylight savings time save energy?

A. According to this UC Berkeley Energy Institute study [PDF], DST does not save energy. Usage goes up about 1 percent, mostly due to people calling other people to tell them to change their clocks. A better solution would be …

Climate & Energy

Green investment does create jobs

Robert Pollin has issued a direct rebuttal, “Green Investments and Jobs,” to the Heritage Foundation’s lame “debunking” of Green Recovery, a study Pollin co-authored for the the Center for American Progress. My line-by-line response to the disanalysis by Heritage’s Donald …

Climate & Energy

Scientists eye rock that converts CO2 to solid mineral

A rock that converts carbon dioxide into a solid mineral form could be wrangled into the global-warming fight, say geologists publishing in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The rock, called peridotite, is found commonly in Earth’s mantle but …

Climate & Energy

Governator proposes tax on California oil drilling

As part of a package aimed to address California’s $11.2-billion budget deficit, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday proposed a 9.9 percent tax per barrel on oil drilled in the state. The proposal, a flip-flop from the Governator’s opposition of a …

Climate & Energy

Palin offers the help that Obama has not yet asked for

“And as governor of Alaska, Governor Palin looks forward to working with President-elect Obama on securing energy independence for America.” — Meghan Stapleton, aide to Alaska governor Sarah Palin

Climate & Energy

Al Gore ‘cannot yet reveal’ his role in Obama’s administration

Al Gore: I look forward to serving in the Obama administration and while I cannot yet reveal what my exact role will be, I can assure you that President-Elect Obama and I are eager to get started building a new …

Business & Technology

When in doubt, propagandize

The ethanol industry is in trouble because the market is rejecting its products, which turn out to have been wildly over-hyped. So it’s taking a cue from the coal industry and improving its product launching a massive advertising campaign. Fresh …

Climate & Energy

Should Hagel and Lugar be considered for Secretary of State given their climate views?

It’s frequently suggested that Obama appoint a Republican to his cabinet to demonstrate his bipartisan (or is it post-partisan?) bona fides. When it comes to Secretary of State, he reportedly has Sens. Chuck Hagel and Richard Lugar on his short …