Climate & Energy

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, …

Climate & Energy

Biogas out of … can’t say

Here’s an example from the New York Times of turning doo-doo into gold: At the electricity-from-manure project here in Sterksel [Netherlands], the refuse from thousands of pigs is combined with local waste materials (outdated carrot juice and crumbs from a …

Climate & Energy

Youth delegates in Poznan stage mock ‘Jeopardy’ game to get message out

Photo courtesy David Wargert and Energy Action Coalition   It’s day four of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations in Poznan, but it feels like I’ve been here for months. I’m up before the sun rises …

Climate & Energy

The AP’s climate conference footprint fetish

“The AP writer couldn’t see the forest for the trees.” — Terry Tamminen “The fact is, we live in a glass house today, folks, and sometimes we become part of the story whether we want to be or not.” — …

Climate & Energy

Bush policies cause U.S. GHG emissions to soar 1.4 percent in 2007

OK, this isn’t entirely news to readers (see here). But the Energy Information Administration’s just released final report [PDF] covers pretty much everything a climate junkie could possibly want to know about U.S. GHG emissions in 2007. The bottom line: …

Climate & Energy

Poznan: Least-developed countries present CO2 targets of 350 ppm

The big international climate conferences, at least the ones I’ve been to in Kyoto, the Hague, and elsewhere, are pretty much the same: caffeinated, adrenalized, endless, chaotic, and incredibly hard to read. Much goes on behind closed doors, and small …

Video

Green groups launch campaign highlighting falsity of ‘clean coal’

A coalition of national environmental groups, under the moniker “Reality Coalition,” today launched an ad campaign spotlighting the fact that “clean coal” doesn’t actually exist. The groups are spending several million dollars on print, broadcast, and online ads, as well …

Climate & Energy

Note to progressives: Your guy won!

The following is a guest essay from Hal Clifford, executive editor of Orion Magazine. —– In the wake of Barack Obama’s victory, the relief was palpable, the excitement unprecedented. For a while. And then the nitpicking started. Not from Fox …