Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Economists weigh in on the need for stimulus spending

The New York Times has a heartening story saying that the need for stimulus spending is widely accepted: But the extra spending, a sore point in normal times, has been widely accepted on both sides of the political aisle as …

Climate & Energy

Big Oil and enviros agree: Surging prices were nail in coffin for offshore-drilling ban

The 110th Congress achieved some notable victories for the environmental community. The Democratic majorities secured the first major increase in automobile fuel-economy standards in nearly three decades, along with tougher efficiency rules for household appliances. They extended tax credits for …

Climate & Energy

Solar industry aims for grid parity in eight years

Solar companies are getting some swagger: “We designed the eight-year tax credit extension very purposely,” said Rhone Resch, president of Solar Energy Industries Association. “We believe that at the end of that time, solar will have achieved grid parity, which …

Climate & Energy

Obama’s pushing a clean energy agenda with swing-voter-pleasing rhetoric

(part the first/ part the second) Let me summarize: Obama is stuck in a peculiar political moment. In substantive terms, he knows that our dire climate and energy situation requires huge and possibly wrenching changes to drive the country away …

Business & Technology

Alternative energy takes a hit as economy slumps, oil prices fall

The alternative-energy industry, which enjoyed a boost when oil prices skyrocketed, is seeing its fortunes change. Per-barrel oil prices have halved since July, lessening consumer demand for alternatives. And the credit crunch sure isn’t helping, as long-term funding is harder …

Climate & Energy

Van Jones talks to Grist about his NYT bestseller on the green-collar economy

By now, Van Jones is a familiar face on Grist (heck, he’s even got his own tag). David noted previously that Jones has a new book, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems, and …

Climate & Energy

Report says energy efficiency significantly boosted California’s economy

California’s energy-efficiency measures have created some 1.5 million jobs and saved residents about $56 billion in energy costs since 1972, according to a new study from the University of California at Berkeley. Overall, the study found that the state’s efficiency …

Business & Technology

Hybrid production costs may drop two-thirds within 10 years

Bloomberg reports: Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and other carmakers may cut production costs for hybrid systems by 67 percent over the next decade as shipments rise and companies gain experience, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. Gasoline-electric systems …

Climate & Energy

A 50 percent GHG cut by 2025 will save Florida $28 billion

Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change has released its remarkable Final Report. It puts the Sunshine State on the same side of the climate issue as that other sunny coastal state ruled by a Republican …