Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Pickens suckered by Palin: ‘She gets this energy situation’

Yes, he loves wind power. But beyond that, I lose more respect for the oilman every day. Consider what he wrote on his blog Friday: Met with Sarah Palin the day after her debate with Joe Biden. She came to …

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Enviros cheer debate talk about climate and energy, but want more details

Say what you may about last night’s debate, but it was anything but boring for enviros. Even if the candidates largely recycled preexisting talking points on energy and climate, the mere fact that both issues got top billing in a …

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Bogus offsets merely ease emitter’s remorse

I’m going to (try to) coin a new term here, “rip-offsets,” since I can’t think of a better word for the rip-off offsets the Chicago Climate Exchange is peddling to a gullible public and media. The Washington Post has a …

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Various and sundry smart people debunk the ‘clean coal’ nonsense

Lots of great stuff on The Enemy of the Human Race available today. Kate mentioned CNN’s segment on Coal River Mountain, where a crucial battle over mountaintop removal mining is playing out. Really a must-watch. Also on CNN, an excellent …

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Is 450 ppm (or less) politically possible? Part 7

No, 450 is not politically possible today. Nor is 550. Nor is action sufficient to stave off 1,000 ppm and 6°C warming. OK, that was clear before because congressional conservatives can certainly block the necessary action and demagogue the energy …

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A summary of the role of energy efficiency in last night’s debate

Squat. UPDATE: Okay, to be completely fair, in response to the question about how the candidates would ask Americans to sacrifice, Obama said this: But each and every one of us can start thinking about how can we save energy …

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Ingrid Jackson’s question about climate change put candidates on the spot

For the first time in this year’s presidential debates, the two candidates were asked point-blank about what they would do to address climate change in the first two years of their administration. Ingrid Jackson asks the candidates about environmental issues. …

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My worries about PHVs have mostly abated

In my post last fall on Rob Lowe’s plug-in hybrid, I argued that in the absence of a cap on greenhouse gas emissions, switching to plug-in hybrids might actually be worse for the climate than just switching to regular hybrids. …

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E.U. Parliament votes on proposals to cut emissions 20 percent by 2020

On Tuesday, the European Parliament’s environment committee voted on a range of proposals intended to help achieve the European Union’s ambitious goal of cutting its greenhouse-gas emissions 20 percent by 2020. The committee voted to force E.U. utilities to buy …