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Obama pitches energy independence in his prime-time TV spot

In a half-hour political infomercial aired on multiple TV networks Wednesday night, Democrat Barack Obama focused on several of the most pressing issues facing Americans today — including energy independence. The ad featured several regular folks discussing the problems they …

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Win money to weatherize your home in The Home Depot’s video contest

You can save energy. We can help. Photo: OsCataleptic. If weatherizing makes you complete, consider entering The Home Depot’s “Save Money. Save Energy. Win Big.” contest by submitting a short video about ways you save energy at home. Grand prize …

Climate & Energy

Meet the people who might fill top environmental jobs in an Obama administration

    How green would Obama’s cabinet be? A few names to file away.   So what exactly does change look like? Barack Obama has ambitious energy and environmental plans. If he wins on Nov. 4, who will he recruit …

Climate & Energy

The intellectual bankruptcy of the Cato Institute

“They have learned nothing, and they have forgotten nothing.” So the French statesman Talleyrand supposedly said of the pre-revolution monarchy. The words apply equally well to that bastion of libertarianism, the Cato Institute. Over the years, I have debated one …

Business & Technology

Global biz leaders support push for international climate agreement

Undeterred by the shaky economy, a gathering of global business leaders on Wednesday gave the thumbs-up to the United Nations’ effort to clinch a global climate deal at its December 2009 rendezvous in Copenhagen.

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What mix of ignorance, ego, and incompetence explains Palin’s bizarre energy policy speech?

A few words on Palin’s energy speech, which I finally forced myself to read. I don’t really have words to express how bizarre this is. Where to begin? Why do a policy speech at this late date? Why is this …

Business & Technology

Big Ethanol descends on Africa for land, water, and sympathetic governments

A few weeks ago I was in Mozambique for a conference that brought together NGOs, small-scale farmers, agricultural associations, and local media to discuss the impact of biofuel production in southern Africa. While the United States and other Western countries …

Climate & Energy

The flawed economics of nuclear power

Over the last few years the nuclear industry has used concerns about climate change to argue for a nuclear revival. Although industry representatives may have convinced some political leaders that this is a good idea, there is little evidence of …

Climate & Energy

Former veep to speak at Power Vote webcast tonight

Power Vote 2008 is hosting a live webcast tonight featuring former Vice President Al Gore. He’ll be talking about his Repower America campaign, the economic and climate crises, and the need for voters to go to the polls on this …