Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Bush admin to open almost 360,000 acres of Utah public lands to drilling

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced Tuesday that over 359,000 acres of public lands in Utah will be up for lease in December, some of which have “wilderness characteristics” or are “in the vicinity of national parks or monuments.” …

Climate & Energy

Judgment and objectivity in media

Kevin Drum examines the notion of journalistic objectivity via cap-and-trade: The biggest difference between the two cap-and-trade plans, of course, is that Obama seems to actually believe in his proposal whereas McCain pretty plainly doesn’t. For him, it’s just window …

Climate & Energy

Umbra on compost and climate

Dear Umbra, I was explaining to my neighbor (who doesn’t even recycle) why he shouldn’t throw out a bag of leaves with his trash. Just to clarify, he asked what to do with it. I explained composting; he doesn’t want …

Business & Technology

The European wind industry continues its march to dominance

The European energy market has been driven for years by restrictions on CO2 and taxpayer support for renewable energy. As a result, Europe boasts many of the biggest, strongest wind companies in the world. In the U.S., we largely leave …

Climate & Energy

How could Obama put climate and energy policy under a single roof?

Last month, the U.K. government grouped energy and environmental policy under a single department. Last week, the Canadian government put the economy, environment, and energy security together under a single ministry. This reflects growing realization in the developed world that …

Climate & Energy

EPA investigator blows the whistle on BP oil spill case

Way back in March 2006, BP pipelines ruptured and dumped tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil all over the Alaskan tundra. It was the biggest oil spill since the Exxon-Valdez. There was a criminal investigation. And then … …

Climate & Energy

The Epstein alternative

Paul Epstein responds to a recent NYT story on the much-ballyhooed “nuclear revival” with a letter to the editor: There are many reasons to balk at constructing new nuclear power plants. Safety, storage, and security are significant obstacles, the last …

Climate & Energy

Decoupling 101: Of triage and panaceas

Decoupling is all the rage. The Obama campaign has made it a key part of their plan (as David gushed here), and many states have instituted decoupling proceedings to change the way that their electric and gas utilities get paid. …

Climate & Energy

Biofuel you can believe in

Flint, Michigan seeks Swedish help in turning human waste into biogas to power buses.