Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Nobelist Paul Crutzen suggests that a slowdown in the economy could be good for the climate

A: Of course not. Only efforts to sharply cut CO2 emissions starting immediately would be good for the climate. If proof were ever needed that winning a Nobel Prize does not make you a genius on every subject, consider what …

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Former funnyman Al Franken talks to Grist about Minnesota’s hotly contested Senate race

Al Franken. Back in April, Democrat Al Franken’s chances of pulling out a win in the Minnesota Senate race looked dismal. Incumbent Republican Norm Coleman had a big lead the polls, and Franken was dogged by controversies over income-tax errors …

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Lester Brown talks about renewable energy expansion

On a conference call Wednesday, I asked Lester R. Brown, president of the Earth Policy Institute, whether the recent financial meltdown would effect the burgeoning solar, wind, and geothermal industries. He responded that while investment of all kinds will be …

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Safety is for extremists

“Senator Obama will tell you, as the extreme environmentalists do, [nuclear power] has to be safe.” — Sen. John McCain, at the 15 Oct. 2008 presidential debate

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How the new European carbon standard could backfire

Last week’s action by the European Parliament to adopt the “Schwarzenegger clause” as a requirement for new coal plants built after 2015 shows the danger of locking in well-intentioned half-measures. The Schwarzenegger clause is a California regulatory requirement that emerged …

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Florida’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change unveils full plan to halt warming

The full report from Florida’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change that we mentioned yesterday is now available. Its release was celebrated today by both business and environmental leaders in the state. The 608-page report outlines 50 specific policy …

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Candidates talk energy in the final debate, but don’t stray from their usual talking points

The third presidential debate yielded nothing new from Barack Obama or John McCain on climate or energy policy, but both candidates pointed to an environmental issue to demonstrate their independence from their respective parties. Barack Obama and John McCain. When …

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Debate climate question

At tonight’s debate, moderator Bob Scheiffer asked a question about energy independence and "climate control" (oy). The answers never really touched on climate at all and quickly drifted far afield from energy. Here’s the exchange, from CNN’s running transcript: Schieffer: …

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Tim Kaine and George Allen debate energy and enviro policy on behalf of the presidential candidates

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, an Obama supporter who was rumored to be on the short list for VP, and former Virginia Gov. George Allen, a McCain supporter, took part in a debate today on energy and environmental issues, speaking on …