Climate & Energy

Who is being misleading?

A Post columnist’s defenders can’t salvage his poor cap-and-trade logic

Tyler Cowen weighs in on the cap-and-trade debate. He focuses on my criticism of Samuelson’s seeming failure to understand the relationship between cap-and-trade and a carbon tax: But Samuelson is correct here and Avent is …

McCain is <em>not</em> the candidate of change

Arizona senator says no to Boxer-L-W without giga-subsidies for nukes

McCain said last night that he is the candidate of change. How is billions of dollars in subsidies to build hundreds of nuclear power plants "change"? Here is everything you need to know about McCain's …

Stalled

Will the Senate ever get to constructive (or destructive) debate on climate bill?

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has said he won’t allow floor debate on the Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act to extend beyond next week, according to an article in E&E Daily ($ub. req’d) today. “If …

Green jobs are America's jobs

Report: Strong climate policy would protect 14 million American jobs

Originally posted at the Wonk Room. A new report from the Political Economy Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, finds that strong climate policy is a driver for a healthy economy. A policy …

Atoning for a carbon footprint?

Ian McEwan writing a novel about climate change — with funniness!

Ian McEwan. Photo: Eamon McCabe Booker Prize-winning British novelist Ian McEwan, now best known for Atonement, is at work on a new novel about climate change that will include “extended comic stretches,” The Guardian reports. …

Umbra on carbon calculators

Dearest Umbra, I recently heard an interesting interview on NPR, and the speaker was talking about how, to stop global warming, all humans would have to limit their carbon emissions to just one ton of …

U.S. emphasis on Canada’s tar sands a bad idea, says report

As the United States expands its oil-refining capabilities, more than two-thirds of planned capacity will be devoted to processing crude oil from Canada’s tar sands, says a new report from the Environmental Integrity Project and …

South Dakota vote is step toward first new U.S. oil refinery in decades

Plans have moved forward for the first new U.S. oil refinery in more than 30 years, as voters in South Dakota’s Union County approved a rezoning that would allow the project to be built. Energy …

Nuclear questions for Lovins

What should I ask the efficiency guru about nuclear power?

Amory Lovins. Photo: © Judy Hill Amory Lovins is on the warpath against nuclear power, battling the industry PR push that says nuclear is a viable climate solution. He’s got a new report, co-authored with …