Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

What do you get when you buy a nuke? You get a lot of delays and rate increases….

Progress Energy said Friday it has pushed back by 20 months its schedule for bringing on-line two planned new nuclear reactors in Florida, after the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said its review of the plant site will take longer than expected. …

Climate & Energy

Barack gives biofuels the big thumbs up

[Update: While some may think this decision was a win for corn ethanol, House Ag Committee Chair Collin Peterson clearly does not. In fact, he is seriously ticked off about it. According to CongressDaily, Peterson responded to the indirect land …

Climate & Energy

Kansas, without coal-fighting guv, approves new plant

Not in Kansas anymore.That better be one helluva of a health care plan you’re drafting, Kathleen Sebelius, because Kansas already misses you. The state approved a new coal-fired power plant today, undoing a signature environmental accomplishment of former Gov. Sebelius, …

Cities

Is ‘lifestyle change’ to be feared?

Brad Plumer has a nice little video over at TNR today, playing off Oregon governor Ted Kulongoski’s comment that meeting our climate goals will mean cutting back on consumption and consumerism — that is, it will require the dread “lifestyle …

Climate & Energy

Memo to James Hansen: Your opposition to Waxman-Markey is ill-conceived and unhelpful

Climate Wire (subs. req’d) reports today: NASA’s leading climate scientist says he hopes that climate legislation proposed by Democratic Reps. Henry Waxman (CA) and Edward Markey (MA) to introduce carbon emissions trading to the United States fails. He says lawmakers …

Business & Technology

Utility rate structures can be fun

Let’s say you were a very powerful being, something called Utility God. And let’s pretend you realized climate change was a big problem, and that it was something that needed to be solved using big strokes, not small measures. One …

Climate & Energy

White House bombshell: Cap-and-trade for drilling offshore … California!

Buried inside The New Yorker’s profile of Peter Orszag, Obama’s budget director, is this stunning paragraph: Obama’s White House is filled with former members of Congress and congressional staffers. They are legislative strategists and dealmakers, and these days they often …

Climate & Energy

A website I guarantee you will waste time on and quote, although I’m not sure to what end

Capitol Words “lets you see what are the most popular words spoken by lawmakers on the House and Senate floor.”  It uses the Congressional Record to give “you an at-a-glance view of which issues lawmakers address on a daily, weekly, …

Climate & Energy

Climate justice and coal’s funeral procession

Joshua Kahn Russell, the grassroots actions manager at Rainforest Action Network and a lead organizer of March’s Capitol Climate Action in Washington, DC, has written a great assessment of the climate justice movement and its emerging goals. Looking back at …