Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Waxman to lead House panel that will shape any climate legislation

Breaking news out of Washington: Rep. John Dingell, the Michigan congressman who has used his position as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee to protect Detroit’s automakers from serious environmental mandates, has lost his bid to continue leading the …

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NRDC says video games’ huge energy suckage easily cut

Video game consoles in the United States consumed some 16 billion kilowatt-hours last year, or about enough juice to power the city of San Diego for a year, according to a new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. However, …

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Intelligence report stresses climate change a security threat

A new intelligence report released Thursday that’s intended to brief President-elect Barack Obama on future security threats mentions climate change as a major barrier to national security and international stability. The report echoes climate scientists’ predictions of increased drought and …

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Schwarzenegger’s conclave ends with pledge to cut emissions

Arnold Schwarzenegger.   California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s (R) two-day climate gathering ended Wednesday with the adoption of a pledge by 26 governors and regional leaders from six countries to work together to cut greenhouse gas emissions. The two-page statement commits …

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Not 2030 as originally reported

The first rule of journalism: Do not talk about journalism. No, that isn’t it. The first rule of journalism is “If your mother says she loves you, check it out,” which is to say never rely on any non-primary sources, …

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Cell-phone chargers rated on energy efficiency

How energy-efficient is your cell-phone charger? (And why have you never thought to ask?) The world’s five biggest cell-phone manufacturers have rated the chargers they sell, from an energy-sucking one star to an eco-friendly five stars. If everyone with a …

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Grist talks to Kansas regulator who took on dirty coal

Grist readers are quite familiar with the coal fight in Kansas, where Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) earned props from enviros for repeatedly vetoing (and effectively shelving) plans for new coal-fired power plants. But the unsung hero in that battle was …

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Canada government flip-flops on cap-and-trade

In an apparent policy shift, Canada’s Conservative government declared Wednesday, “We will work with the provincial governments and our partners to develop and implement a North America-wide cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases.” Prime Minister Stephen Harper has to date favored …

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Placing coal reserves into trust status would be a nice gift to our kids’ future

A generation before David Brower started raising hell at the Sierra Club, a similarly militant scientist named Victor Ernest Shelford organized the Ecological Society of America, becoming its first president in 1916. Shelford stepped down from that position when the …