Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

A guide to 2008 environmental ballot measures

In addition to electing George W. Bush’s successor, voters in 11 states will decide the fate of a diverse range of environment-related ballot measures on Nov. 4. Here’s a quick rundown of these measures and links to where you can …

Climate & Energy

BLM proposes opening wilderness-y areas in Utah to oil and gas drilling

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has proposed opening up relatively pristine natural areas in eastern Utah to oil and gas drilling, including Nine-Mile Canyon and Desolation Canyon, despite the agency’s own determination in 1999 that the areas have “wilderness …

Climate & Energy

Polar warming directly attributed to humans, study says

Warming at both the Earth’s poles has, for the first time, been directly attributed to humans, according to a new study in the journal Nature Geoscience. “[Y]ou see a clear human fingerprint in the observed data,” said researcher Peter Stott. …

Climate & Energy

Obama talks up electrical grid improvements on cable tv — seriously, I have video evidence

On Thursday night, Barack Obama appeared on the (highly rated) Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Continuing his comprehensive effort to say things that make me really happy, he had a long exchange with Maddow about … the electrical grid. Seriously! …

Climate & Energy

Boxer says she’ll let a President Obama lead on greenhouse gas bill

OK. The chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee didn’t quite say that, at least not directly. But E&E News PM reports ($ub. req’d): Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) expects to take her cues on climate in the 111th …

Climate & Energy

What pollsters can learn from climate modelers

Pollster.com has an interesting piece on the confusing disparity among all of the polls taken for this election. In particular, “likely voter model design depends significantly on judgments that pollsters make about how to model the likelihood that any voter …

Video

Obama notes global warming as an issue that he and McCain should work on together post-election

Last night on The Daily Show, John Stewart asked Barack Obama what issues he could envision working on with rival John McCain after the election, regardless of who wins next week. Obama noted global warming as a distinct problem they …

Business & Technology

Exxon Mobil announces record quarterly profit, again

Exxon Mobil on Thursday announced that it raked in $14.83 billion in its third quarter, breaking its previous record for the highest quarterly profit ever for a U.S. company. John McCain, campaigning in Ohio, declared that “we’re not gonna let …

Climate & Energy

Surveys show Americans more concerned about energy prices than environment

Raise your hand if you’re more worried about gas prices than climate change. Voters continue to cite global climate change as one of several key issues that will affect their vote in this year’s election, but a broad range of …