Climate & Energy

Carbon tax gets big nod from voters in B.C. election

British Columbia held its provincial election yesterday, with the province’s carbon tax playing a big role–and coming out a big winner. Aside from the economy, probably no issue was more important than the ruling Liberal Party’s climate plan, passed last …

BC voters back carbon tax

Carbon emissions met its first big electoral test this week, as British Columbia voters rewarded BC premier Gordon Campbell, who last July instituted North America's first major carbon tax, with a third four-year term.

World’s largest solar plant with thermal storage to be built in Arizona

Concentrated solar thermal aka solar baseload has definitely come of age in the United States. Just a few weeks ago, I posted “World’s largest solar power plants with thermal storage to be built in Arizona” about a 200-MW plant and …

Obama’s key climate bill hit by $45m PR campaign

Reported by Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian’s U.S. environment correspondent America’s oil, gas and coal industry has increased its lobbying budget by 50%, with key players spending $44.5m in the first three months of this year in an intense effort to …

“Democrats to Relax House Emissions Bill” — now it gets a B or B- grade.

The first quote is the Washington Post headline today.  Can’t argue with the overall message — although I would like to know what those “house emissions” are.  Roll Call’s spin is more political, and thus more positive, “Waxman, Markey Announce …

How I learned to stop worrying and love Waxman-Markey, Part 2: In praise of domestic offsets

The two biggest concerns about domestic offsets in climate legislation — the possibility they will be riddled with fraud and/or that they will overwhelm the “genuine” emissions reductions — are I think, largely unwarranted.  The fact that Waxman-Markey potentially allows …

How the ‘OMB memo’ non-story happened

How to cook a non-story…Courtesy Arbron via Flickr Now that the “White House memo” hoopla is over — except insofar as it will live on forever as a zombie Republican talking point — it’s worth pausing to review what happened. …

Treating climate change as a security threat

Photo illustration by Tom Twigg / Grist Old soldiers, as they say, never die — and at 97 the legendary Vietnamese Gen. Vo Nguyen Giap seems intent on proving the point. But he does not seem to be that interested …

Dirty energy interests have spent $79 million this year lobbying Congress

The oil, gas, and electricity sectors spent tens of millions more to lobby Congress in the first quarter of 2009 than their renewable-energy counterparts. Big whoop, right? You could have guessed that. But the disparity between their spending — at …