Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Must-read (again) study: How the press bungles its coverage of climate economics

[In January, I blogged on this study by a leading journalist who documented the media’s mistakes and biases during the Lieberman-Warner debate.  Yet the media is making the exact same mistakes in the current debate over the Waxman-Markey energy and …

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Secretary Chu agrees with Climate Progress and slashes hydrogen budget

“We asked ourselves, ‘Is it likely in the next 10 or 15, 20 years that we will covert to a hydrogen car economy?’ The answer, we felt, was ‘no,’” Chu said in a briefing today. He cited several barriers, including …

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Cap-and-trade vs. carbon tax: a bird in hand is worth two on Alpha Centauri

Tax! Cap! Tax! Cap! Pant … I find it really hard to believe, but the perennial “carbon tax vs. cap-and-trade” debate is still going on. It goes on and on and on and it never changes. It’s like everyone’s following …

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Helping America’s national parks survive climate change

Anyone who’s ever lived in a home with a leaky basement knows that during a rainstorm, preventing a flood is the first order of business. Too often, though, it’s easy to put off until later the investments necessary to protect …

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Sierra Club parodies the worst song ever recorded about coal

Don’t ever accuse the Sierra Club of being bad sports. After the West Virginia Coal Association released a series of the worst cellphone ringtone songs about coal ever recorded–I mean, as in the worst coal songs ever recorded since Thomas …

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Rep. Barton says the only way to stop a global pandemic is if everyone does nothing

“Don’t confuse my opposition to excessive regulation with a desire for inaction.  We don’t need an international treaty with rules and regulations that will handcuff the American economy or our ability to make our environment cleaner, safer and healthier.” – …

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One Hard Thing You Must Do to Save the Planet

Perhaps you know someone in the district of a swing Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In “25 Easy Things One Hard Thing You Can Must Do to Save the Planet,” Jimmy Seidita disses the Earth Day lists …

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Why mandate renewables if we already have a cap on CO2?

A question I hear frequently (in wonk circles anyway): If the U.S. implements a declining cap on CO2, why does it also need a national Renewable Portfolio Standard? (For non-wonks, some basic background: a declining cap on CO2 emissions would, …

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As seen on David Letterman! (In my defense, this is “Odd day”)

If you saw the Late Show with David Letterman last night and are visiting this website for the first time, please click here:  “An Introduction to Climate Progress.” For regular readers, yes, this is me with a ventriloquist’s dummy, but …