Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

It’s time to build the green-collar economy

This post originally ran on Wonk Room. —– At best, the federal government’s bail out of Wall Street will help the U.S. economy — which is already in a ditch — avoid a total meltdown. …

Climate & Energy

Author and physicist Richard A. Muller chats with Grist about getting science back in the White House

E = MC2 may be the best-known principle of physics, but close behind is the rule that physicists must, like Albert Einstein, have a mustache — and Richard A. Muller is no exception. Richard A. …

Climate & Energy

Why more government now means less in the future

“Socialism!” the House Republicans cried when the financial bailout was proposed — and they were right, if you define socialism as the takeover of part of the economy by the government. We’ll be in for …

Business & Technology

Carbon offsets still booming despite financial crisis

The carbon-offset market in the United States is still booming despite the financial crisis, with offset sellers reporting continued gains even in the face of rising offset prices. Analysts say the carbon market’s relative strength …

Business & Technology

Sharp to boost thin-film solar capacity six-fold to 6,000 MW by 2014

The world’s second-largest maker of solar batteries plans a massive increase in capacity to meet soaring demand. Bloomberg reports: The company will raise the capacity to 6 gigawatts as early as 2014, from 1 gigawatt …

Climate & Energy

NSIDC stunner: Arctic ice at ‘Likely record-low volume’

Looks like the Arctic may have set a record this year after all. The National Snow and Ice Data Center said today that Arctic sea ice volume likely hit a record low in 2008. They …

Climate & Energy

Could you be the next energy czar?

We could be over-thinking this whole energy crisis. Maybe we need just a wink and the chant, “Drill, baby, drill.” Maybe we need a healthy helping of “clean coal and safe nuclear.” Or maybe what …

Climate & Energy

The Biden-Obama position on ‘clean coal’ is not a mistake

Today, my inbox is bombarded with emails from enviros and clean energy advocates, some of whom say that Biden’s (and Obama’s) support of clean coal is “abysmal, absolutely abysmal.” I could not disagree more. I …

Climate & Energy

Disputing Shellenberger & Norhaus, part 2

(Those who have had enough of Shellenberger & Norhaus can skip this post, but I think this is a very important messaging discussion.) My critique of S&N has elicited from Nordhaus a sentence that encapsulates …