Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

More on the proposed ‘National Energy Council’

The government in waiting Center for American Progress Action Fund held a press conference on Wednesday to unveil its new book, Change for America: A Progressive Blueprint for the 44th President. The book won’t be for sale until January, but …

Climate & Energy

New Zealand’s new leader wants emissions-trading scheme

New Zealand Prime Minister-Elect John Key has a goal to implement an emissions-trading scheme within nine months — though he will face much pushback from the opposing ACT party.

Climate & Energy

Inflated fuel efficiency ratings for Canada’s cars

A few weeks ago, Canadian resident Rachel Perks sent me an email puzzler. Why is it that apparently identical cars — same make, model, engine size, specs, etc. — are advertised with drastically better fuel economy in Canada than in …

Climate & Energy

T. Boone Pickens’ wind-power plans becalmed

T. Boone Pickens’ plan to build a gigantuous wind farm in Texas is being held up thanks to a drop in natural-gas prices and the credit crunch. “With natural gas prices where they are, you can’t kick off a wind …

Climate & Energy

Google’s CEO is the one person who can engineer the transition

No position under the next administration will be more important for the economy, the environment, and national security than energy secretary. And no one fits the position as perfectly as Google CEO Eric Schmidt. Schmidt recently told the New York …

Climate & Energy

A potentially game-changing development in concentrated solar PV

In the Toronto Star, Tyler Hamilton takes a close look at a cool new company, Morgan Solar, which has developed a potentially revolutionary form of "concentrating photovoltaic" solar technology. It’s intended to be simple and cheap enough to make solar …

Cities

Why taxes can’t get us where we need to go on transportation

As of Monday, the average price of gasoline in the U.S. was down to $2.22 a gallon, brushing up against $1.50 in some places. The price of oil was under $60/bbl. When gas and oil prices fall, there are always …

Climate & Energy

Will Obama create a new energy council, as recommended by the Center for American Progress?

A year ago, the policy wonks at the Center for American Progress laid out a plan for what they’d like to see the next president do on a variety of issues, including energy and climate change [PDF]. The plan includes …

Climate & Energy

IEA forecasts boom in renewables through 2030

The influential International Energy Agency has released its annual report on world energy demand, predicting that renewables will make big gains worldwide, increasing their overall market share 5 percent to meet 23 percent of the world’s total energy needs by …