Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Obama picks climate, oil expert David Sandalow to oversee U.S. energy policy

President Obama has picked David Sandalow to be assistant secretary for Policy and International Affairs at the Energy Department. He also plans to nominate BP chief scientist Steven Koonin to be undersecretary for Science. And I hear that renewables expert …

Climate & Energy

World trembles with anticipation as David heads to green tech conference to tweet

All day tomorrow (Tuesday) I’ll be at Green:Net, a greentech conference sponsored by the excellent blog Earth2Tech. Specifically, the conference will be about how the tools that created the net and net architecture will help to revolutionize energy. You can …

Climate & Energy

Obama hypes the green aspects of his budget plan

President Obama is giving top billing to clean energy and green jobs as he promotes his $3.6 trillion budget plan. Addressing a group of clean-tech entrepreneurs and researchers on Monday, the president noted that his proposed budget includes $150 billion …

Climate & Energy

When the global Ponzi scheme collapses (circa 2030), the only jobs left will be green

In The U.S. requires a strong climate bill to remain competitive, Part 1, I reprised the thesis first documented by Harvard’s Michael Porter — strong, leading edge, pro-innovation regulations promote national competitiveness. As President Obama said last week: We can …

Climate & Energy

I'd Rather Go Naked Than Burn MTR Coal

It is time to abolish mountaintop removal mining, not regulate it. That is the fervent message being spread from community to community, and state to state, now that scores of ANFO explosive-packing mountaintop removal permits stand at the doors of …

Climate & Energy

First DOE loan guarantee goes to … a solar manufacturer

The Department of Energy announced on Friday that the first energy loan guarantee authorized by the 2005 (!) Energy Policy Act went to a plant that manufactures solar panels: Energy Secretary Steven Chu today offered a $535 million loan guarantee …

Climate & Energy

Umbra on the other greenhouse gases

Dear Umbra, I have heard and am beginning to understand one of the biggest movements of social change occurring right now: we need to reduce our carbon footprint. I have also heard that while carbon is our most abundant greenhouse …

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Steven Chu chats with Charlie Rose

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Climate & Energy

The U.S. requires a strong climate bill to remain competitive

Contrary to popular belief, a strong climate bill will not harm U.S. competitiveness. Quite the reverse — it is our only hope for restoring U.S. leadership in key job creating industries such as solar energy, wind power, and automobile manufacturing, …