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Ethanol industry craters; investors take a bath; world probably fails to learn lesson

VeraSun, one of nation’s largest ethanol producers, mulls bankruptcy. Ethanex Energy files. Alternative Energy Sources shuts down. E3 Biofuels files. A trend? Seems so: It was an American dream that has failed to become a reality. For much of the …

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Don’t get too used to those low oil prices

This can’t be good: Output from the world’s oilfields is declining faster than previously thought, the first authoritative public study of the biggest fields shows. Without extra investment to raise production, the natural annual rate of output decline is 9.1 …

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Report shows how world can eliminate fossil fuels by 2090 while sustaining economic growth

We often hear about how the world "can’t" reduce emissions as much as it needs to, that we "have to" keep using coal because it’s abundant, that renewables "can’t" replace fossil fuels because of intermittency and cost, and that shifting …

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A guide to 2008 environmental ballot measures

In addition to electing George W. Bush’s successor, voters in 11 states will decide the fate of a diverse range of environment-related ballot measures on Nov. 4. Here’s a quick rundown of these measures and links to where you can …

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BLM proposes opening wilderness-y areas in Utah to oil and gas drilling

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has proposed opening up relatively pristine natural areas in eastern Utah to oil and gas drilling, including Nine-Mile Canyon and Desolation Canyon, despite the agency’s own determination in 1999 that the areas have “wilderness …

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Polar warming directly attributed to humans, study says

Warming at both the Earth’s poles has, for the first time, been directly attributed to humans, according to a new study in the journal Nature Geoscience. “[Y]ou see a clear human fingerprint in the observed data,” said researcher Peter Stott. …

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Obama talks up electrical grid improvements on cable tv — seriously, I have video evidence

On Thursday night, Barack Obama appeared on the (highly rated) Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC. Continuing his comprehensive effort to say things that make me really happy, he had a long exchange with Maddow about … the electrical grid. Seriously! …

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Boxer says she’ll let a President Obama lead on greenhouse gas bill

OK. The chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee didn’t quite say that, at least not directly. But E&E News PM reports ($ub. req’d): Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) expects to take her cues on climate in the 111th …

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What pollsters can learn from climate modelers

Pollster.com has an interesting piece on the confusing disparity among all of the polls taken for this election. In particular, “likely voter model design depends significantly on judgments that pollsters make about how to model the likelihood that any voter …