Climate & Energy

Obama Supreme Court pick has small but solid record on environmental rulings

President Obama today selected Sonia Sotomayor as his first nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. If confirmed, she would become the first Latin American and only the third woman to sit on the highest court in the land. The hot …

The United States of waste

The U.S. economy is incredibly energy inefficient, a key reason even strong climate action has such a low total cost — one tenth of a penny on the dollar. This inefficiency is summed up best in one remarkable statistic that …

Judge Sonia Sotomayor on energy & environment

President Obama has chosen federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court.  The African American Environmentalist Association has an extended discussion of her energy and environmental views, reprinted below: Judge Sonia Sotomayor [above] wrote an opinion in Riverkeeper v. …

Deforestation in Waxman-Markey

I really like Title VII Part E of the Waxman-Markey bill, which puts aside some pollution permit value to reduce international deforestation. (It’s separate from Part D, Offsets.) There are plenty of set-asides in the bill for energy producers, industrials, …

Cap & trade: Carbon tax or wealth transfer?

It’s an article of faith that cap-and-trade will raise our energy costs, but it’s not necessarily true. The ubiquity of this faith makes clear that the Smart People who write, talk, and vote about CO2 policy don’t really understand the …

Duke Energy: We can ‘decarbonize’ without painful electricity price hikes

Major coal utilities are now publicly endorsing electricity decarbonization, an all but unimaginable position even 12 months ago.  And although Duke is a member of USCAP, which was the basis of Waxman-Markey, it remains remarkable that the company has joined …

Toles on GOP global warming denial

And a shout out to Toles for his shout out to Dust-Bowlification (see “NOAA stunner:  SW faces permanent Dust Bowls” and “Climate change drives SW Dust Bowl sooner than expected“).

Memorial Day, 2029

The two worst direct impacts to humans from our unsustainable use of energy will, I think, be Dust-Bowlification and sea level rise, Hell and High Water.  But another impact — far more difficult to project quantitatively because there is no …

Congress reconsiders regulatory exemption for gas drilling

This story was written by ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten. From left, former Vice President Dick Cheney, Rep. John Salazar, Rep. Dianna DeGette and Sen. Bob Casey are all trying to leave their mark on how natural gas is drilled in the …