Climate & Energy

The (renewable) electron economy, part 8

A choice of primary energies: nuclear power takes the silver

In light of concerns about climate change, some enviros as well as those within the nuclear industry have emphasized nuclear energy’s carbon neutrality. In light of concerns about climate change, the role of nuclear power …

The (renewable) electron economy, part 7

A choice of primary energies: clean coal takes the bronze

Usable electricity doesn’t just appear, but is generated from a pre-existing or primary energy; one of the great decisions of the 21st century will be how we choose to generate electricity. We have established that …

Joe environment

Enviros generally pleased with Biden’s record on environmental issues

Joe Biden. Photo: Michael Millhollin In a 3 a.m. blast of emails and text messages, Democrat Barack Obama announced that his selection for a vice presidential candidate is Delaware Sen. Joe Biden. And, for the …

Springfield has sprung

Barack Obama and Joe Biden make their first public appearance as ticket mates

“We literally can’t afford four more years of this non-energy policy, relying on hostile foreign countries … literally putting America’s security at risk,” said Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, in his first speaking engagement as Barack …

Inside WCI: Federal pre-emption

What happens with a new president?

This is part of a short series of posts that explain some important but often overlooked policy issues in the Western Climate Initiative — the West’s regional cap-and-trade system. (Much to readers’ delight, this is …

Tired of waiting for efficiency

Our right to know about fuel-efficient tires

I’m always fascinated by the “1 percent solutions” to energy. It seems to me that in order to address both climate change and fossil fuel dependence, we’ll need a few big structural changes, but we’ll …

Obama’s energy and climate advisors

Greenwire ($ub. req’d) has published a detailed list of who is advising Obama on energy and environment policies, which I am reprinting below the fold. Obama, an Illinois Democrat, has a notably deep bench of …

Report identifies areas where natural disasters could hit hardest

Natural disasters made more severe by climate change will hit especially hard in regions with shaky political, economic, and security situations, says a new report from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian …

Nations gather in Ghana to talk shop on next climate-change accord

Some 1,600 delegates from 160 nations are moving forward on negotiations for a successor to the Kyoto Protocol as they gather this week in Accra, Ghana. The meeting is the third in a series of …