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Everything's on the table, even nukes

A guest column from K.C. Golden

This is a guest column from KC Golden, Policy Director for Climate Solutions, a Northwest-based nonprofit focused on tackling global warming (though not yet tackling its own website's frames-based layout, which was awful in 1998 and still is ... but I digress). It originally ran in Methow Valley News. ----- These are the early days of an economic revolution: our weaning from fossil fuels. Most of what we know and expect about how we make and use energy is up for grabs. Myths, taboos, sacred cows -- all will be skewered. Here are some soon-to-be unsafe assumptions about energy: "Cheap" …

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Coal is the enemy of the human race: Robert Murray can kiss my ass edition

Coal exec whines about regulations on his ability to destroy the earth and his workers

This is not helping me keep my blood pressure down. Poor, poor coal executive feels persecuted: A senior coal company executive on Wednesday lambasted U.S. lawmakers for proposing caps on emissions blamed for global warming, saying the Democrats were out to destroy America's coal industry. Robert Murray, chairman, president and chief executive of Murray Energy Corp., also blasted the federal government's mine safety agency for "outrageous" new fines that he warned could put some miners out of business. [Deep breaths] ... [More deep breaths] ... OK, the deep breaths aren't working. Hey, Murray, screw you, and screw your corrupt, vicious, …

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California is no longer leading the pack on wind energy

Last year, California suffered the ultimate indignity in its quest to be the "greenest state." It was passed by red Texas -- the oil heartland -- for the title of state with the most wind-power generating capacity. The numbers get even more depressing. Last year, California's wind capacity grew at a slower rate than any of the other top 10 wind-producing states. Texas's wind production grew at a 39 percent clip and (What's the Matter With) Kansas' grew by 38 percent; California managed relatively meager 10 percent growth. That still leaves the Golden State as the No. 2 wind producer …

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Greenpeace mischief

Big Gav pointed me to this, which is awesome:

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That sinking feeling

You ever have that nightmare where the lifeline becomes a deadly snake?

India's emissions may be higher due to dams: India's greenhouse gas emissions could be 40 percent higher than official estimates if methane released from dams is taken into account, according to a new study. Methane -- about 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in terms of the amount of heat it traps -- is released from reservoirs, spillways and turbines of hydropower dams as a result of rotting carbon-containing vegetation. But India, already one of the world's top polluters, has never measured methane emissions from its 4,500 large dams and has therefore never taken it into account in official …

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Planktos president responds to environmentalist critics

In an op-ed, Russ George claims his company has been unfairly maligned

A company called Planktos has taken some lumps on our site, so when their president, Russ George, sent this response along, I agreed to run it. (It ran originally in the Ottawa Citizen.) Your responses are welcome, but please, keep them civil. ----- As someone who has committed most of my waking life to caring for the planet, recent misleading reports on the foundations and future of my current company's work have led me to reflect on some large and important questions. Let me start with a bit of personal history to provide some context. My career on behalf of …

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The stupid! It burns!

Tom DeLay crawls out from under his rock

Soon-to-be-felon Tom DeLay writes the dumbest thing I've ever read on climate change. Sir Oolius takes one for the team and smacks it about. It's hard to believe someone as dumb as a box of rocks was running the House for so many years. Or I guess maybe it ought to be hard to believe.

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The nation-states of climate change

Feel guilty yet?

Ever wondered if your state's climate policy really makes a difference in the big global scheme of things? If so, here's a little map I made. For each state, the map shows a nation with equivalent greenhouse-gas emissions from energy. The full U.S. version is here. When I've shown drafts to people, almost everyone wants to compare populations. The western states population comparison is after the jump. The full data are here(xls). Number of people (in millions), 2003 I find the full U.S. map a bit overwhelming. Even more so when I realize that the 2003 population of the U.S. …

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Turning Lemons Into Powerade

Waste Management announces $400 million methane-to-energy plan Renewable energy got a boost this week: mega-hauler Waste Management said it will spend $400 million over five years to build 60 landfill-based facilities that will convert methane to electricity. The potent gas -- which results from the decomposition of organic yummies like trash and cow manure -- is the second-leading human-made contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide, and landfills account for 34 percent of methane emissions in the U.S. Waste Management already operates about 100 methane-energy facilities at its 281 North American landfills; in Saint-Sophie, Quebec, for instance, such an operation …

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It Was Sunny in Seattle

Global weather is bad and likely to get worse Within the last week, excessive heat -- think 113 degrees Fahrenheit -- has killed dozens of people in Greece, Romania, and Turkey. Storms killed some 150 people in India and about 220 people in Pakistan. Britain has been deluged by flooding. We like to think of these severe weather incidents as coincidental, but some crazies claim they're a wake-up call. Recent natural catastrophes "are indications of what might happen more frequently and more severely across the globe as a consequence of global warming," says Salvano Briceno, director of a U.N. agency …

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