Climate & Energy

Rethinking the rules of engagement

How does this thing work? In last week’s New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell wrote a fascinating article, “How David Beats Goliath: When Underdogs Break The Rules.” In his patented style, Gladwell weaves together story after story of underdogs who defied convention …

The Climate Post: The blind press grope the carbon legislation elephant

This week’s climate headlines are reminiscent of an old joke that touted “newspaper headlines the day after nuclear war.” The New York Times: “Nuclear War, Third World Hit Hardest.” The Wall Street Journal: “Nuclear War, Effect on Markets Uncertain.” The …

Should the Republican carbon tax bill be taken seriously?

Well look at this! Just as a compromise was announced on the Waxman-Markey bill and it looks set to move out of committee, along come a couple of Republicans with a carbon tax bill (Bob Inglis [SC] and Jeff Flake …

Bike to work, bike from work

Today is Bike-To-Work day. If you don’t have a job and are feeling left out, you have other options. Frankly, I can’t think of a better way to wait out the recession than to take a bike tour. It’s cheap, …

Mark Mellman must read on climate messaging: ecoAmerica “could hardly be more wrong”

Mark Mellman, a leading pollster for progressives since 1982, has written a must-read op-ed slamming the latest dubious messaging advice: Some progressives seem unwilling to take yes for an answer. Just as the long battle for public opinion on global …

Debate: Roberts v. ‘clean coal’ flack Joe Lucas

In early April, the excellent investigative journalism show NOW on PBS ran an episode called “Can Coal be Earth-Friendly?“ In conjunction with the episode, NOW hosted an online debate between me and Joe Lucas, spokesflack for the American Coalition for …

Revamped House climate and energy bill has the votes to pass, says Waxman

Democrats in the House have come close to agreement on a sweeping climate and energy bill. It’s weaker than the original version, but backers say it has enough support to pass. “We have resolved a good number of the issues,” …

Report: Climate change will bring big problems for small number of countries

Here’s one way to break down the effects of fiercer storm surges that will be wrought by climate change: Most land lost: Latin America Most people displaced: Middle East and North Africa Most economic losses: East Asia World Bank economists …

Final (ironic) notes on the fake “OMB memo” story

In my post on the development of the fake “OMB memo” story, I speculated wildly — as is my responsibility as a blogger — that some sort of sneaky dirty-energy lobbyist fed the story to Dow Jones’ Ian Talley, the …