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Climate & Energy

A few billions more

I’ll go out on a limb and guess that this is not the last such story we will read in coming years: Low-emissions coal-fired power technology, or so-called clean coal, probably needs a further $15 billion of investment and 10 …

Climate & Energy

More and more voices joining 350.org’s Prez to Poland campaign

Students and faculty at Barry University invite the prez-elect to Poland.   You can count the hours until the election is over, which means the debate has been reduced to its basic elements: Who’s a socialist? Who’s a plumber? Who’s …

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New McCain ad highlights him and Obama agreeing on global warming

The McCain campaign just released a new ad entitled “Obama Praising McCain,” which focuses on Barack Obama’s past praise for the global warming bill that McCain authored with Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.). It features this remark from Obama, at a hearing …

Climate & Energy

Think tank says price on carbon more effective research driver than targeted subsidies

Robert Fri, former deputy administrator of the EPA and the U.S. Energy Research and Development Administration, former president of progressive think tank Resources for the Future, says the government isn’t very good at doing energy research, and that a price …

Business & Technology

Ethanol industry craters; investors take a bath; world probably fails to learn lesson

VeraSun, one of nation’s largest ethanol producers, mulls bankruptcy. Ethanex Energy files. Alternative Energy Sources shuts down. E3 Biofuels files. A trend? Seems so: It was an American dream that has failed to become a reality. For much of the …

Climate & Energy

Don’t get too used to those low oil prices

This can’t be good: Output from the world’s oilfields is declining faster than previously thought, the first authoritative public study of the biggest fields shows. Without extra investment to raise production, the natural annual rate of output decline is 9.1 …

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Report shows how world can eliminate fossil fuels by 2090 while sustaining economic growth

We often hear about how the world "can’t" reduce emissions as much as it needs to, that we "have to" keep using coal because it’s abundant, that renewables "can’t" replace fossil fuels because of intermittency and cost, and that shifting …

Climate & Energy

A guide to 2008 environmental ballot measures

In addition to electing George W. Bush’s successor, voters in 11 states will decide the fate of a diverse range of environment-related ballot measures on Nov. 4. Here’s a quick rundown of these measures and links to where you can …

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BLM proposes opening wilderness-y areas in Utah to oil and gas drilling

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has proposed opening up relatively pristine natural areas in eastern Utah to oil and gas drilling, including Nine-Mile Canyon and Desolation Canyon, despite the agency’s own determination in 1999 that the areas have “wilderness …