Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Dear Mr. President: Declare Aug. 3 as Armistice Day

On the upcoming anniversary of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, President Barack Obama has the opportunity to declare an armistice in the polarized Appalachian coalfields, mend a 30-year mining policy of betrayal, and call an end to the …

Climate & Energy

‘Obama White House’ not challenging EPA endangerment finding [UPDATES]

[UPDATES AT BOTTOM OF POST] The AP has what looks like a blockbuster story today: “White House memo challenges EPA finding on warming.” The Obama White House bashing the EPA process for regulating greenhouse gases! That’s huge! Only the AP …

Climate & Energy

Crist, a green-leaning moderate Republican, is running for U.S. Senate

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist declared his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, aiming to help recover an increasingly endangered species — the moderate Republican — in increasingly hostile habitat — Washington, D.C. Crist is running for the seat now held …

Climate & Energy

Barton worries that EPA will regulate runners

Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) is concerned about the plight of marathon runners under a cap-and-trade plan. No, we’re not making this up. Barton, the ranking Republican on the Energy and Commerce Committee and a vocal climate skeptic, told conservative magazine …

Climate & Energy

Changes in the sun are not causing global warming

A forthcoming study in Geophysical Research Letters (subs. req’d) finds what countless other studies in the past decade have found — changes in the sun are not responsible for the global warming in recent decades. In particular, the study debunks …

Climate & Energy

Does the public need to understand cap-and-trade?

A new Rasmussen poll shows that just 24 percent of people know what “cap-and-trade” is. Even that is an optimistic gloss: in fact, only 24 percent of people know that cap-and-trade is meant to address environmental issues. Some 29 percent …

Business & Technology

‘Sectoral carbon’ … Eh? Please define

At times certain words become quite fashionable, though nobody is quite sure why. Everyone wants to use them, even as they can have different meanings for different people. In the discussion of climate change in the United States, “sectoral” seems …

Climate & Energy

Speculation runs rampant as Dems reportedly reach a deal on climate bill

House leaders have reportedly reached a tentative deal on a climate and energy bill — and in the absence of details, speculation is rampant about how the bill has been weakened or otherwise changed. Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Henry …

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Chevron hires former CNN correspondent to spin report on Amazon destruction

The New York Times has a great story about Chevron hiring a former CNN reporter to produce a “news” report to counter a 60 Minutes segment on the oil company’s contamination of the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador. On May 3, …