Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

British lawmakers OK landmark climate bill

With lawmakers’ final approval on Tuesday, Britain has become the first country in the whole wide world to make a legally binding commitment to cut emissions 80 percent by 2050.

Climate & Energy

Grist talks to Terry Tamminen about the Governors’ Climate Summit

We caught up with Terry Tamminen for a few minutes this afternoon to talk about the Governors’ Global Climate Summit, an event he played a pivotal role in organizing. Tamminen, an influential wonk who has the ear of Republicans and …

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Dem leaders call for $100 billion stimulus with green components

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert C. Byrd yesterday unveiled a $100.3 billion economic recovery package [PDF] that they say will create 635,000 new jobs. The plan includes a number of green initiatives, including investments …

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More Dingell-Waxman drama

In today’s news on the Dingell-Waxman battle for the Energy and Commerce Committee, John Dingell (D-Mich.) has rounded up the backing of several conservative-leaning conservation groups, including the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, Ducks Unlimited, American Rivers, and Trout Unlimited. He also …

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Shellenberger and Nordhaus smear Gore by making stuff up

Yes, I understand that Shellenberger and Nordhaus are desperate for any media attention they can get, which is why they go after Democrats and not Republicans. And everybody understands S&N don’t get global warming at all ever since Nordhaus made …

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The data show the planet still keeps warming

RealClimate has a great post, “Mind the Gap!” that explains some of the confusion about recent temperature trends. Two key datasets, from the U.K.’s Hadley Centre and NASA show warming, as I’ve noted before. But “there are no permanent weather …

How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic: Responses to the most common skeptical arguments on global warming

Was there another breathless announcement of another phony record, and another quiet retraction?

(Part of the How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic guide) Objection: In October 2008, Al Gore’s science adviser, James Hansen announced yet another “hottest” month on record. After all the alarmist banner headlines sank in, yet another “correction” quietly …

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Schwarzenegger mandates 33 percent renewables by 2030

GreenTechMedia reports: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday signed an executive order that would speed up renewable energy development and require 33 percent of utilities’ electrical power to come from renewable sources by 2030. The governor is aiming to use …


‘Meet the Press’ takes on cars and energy independence

This Sunday, “Meet the Press” was devoted to the auto industry’s travails and to energy independence. (They decided to go totally counterintuitive and have … T. Boone Pickens as a guest. Isn’t that guy’s 15 minutes over yet?) Also, Thomas …