Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Doom, lobbyists, hypocrisy, and coal, oh my!

• Scientists now say that even stabilizing at a global average temperature level of 2C above pre-industrial — a commonly agreed upon goal that looks increasingly remote — will give us only a 50/50 chance of avoiding catastrophe. Awesome! • …

Climate & Energy

More Congressional stupidity

This has to be seen to be believed.

Climate & Energy

Reid says Dems might use carbon-credit revenues to fund health care

Could the revenue from auctioning off carbon credits be used to pay for a new health-care system? Bloomberg reports: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid [D-Nev.] said he is open to financing an overhaul of the U.S. health-care system with revenue …

Business & Technology

For eSolar, clean energy starts with computing power

An overhead view of eSolar’s Sierra solar array, located in Southern California (Photo courtesy e-Solar)   I’m sitting in the back of a black Lincoln Continental with eSolar CEO Bill Gross on the downward glide into Antelope Valley, a sun-blasted …

Climate & Energy

In lead-up to Bonn climate talks, U.S. and U.N. leaders are cautiously optimistic

Climate leaders in both Congress and the United Nations are optimistic about making landmark progress on an international climate accord this year, but hopes that an agreement will be finalized in 2009 seem to be dimming. Yvo de Boer, the …

Business & Technology

Coal mining industry fights back with deceptions about jobs and the economy

If you’re a reader of Grist then you are almost certainly aware that the Obama Administration signaled a major shift yesterday in how mountaintop removal coal mining will be regulated. In brief, Obama’s head of the EPA, announced a decision …

Climate & Energy

Supreme Court decisions bode well for global warming-related preemption cases

In the tricky legal world of “preemption” — the principle that federal law “preempts,” or trumps, state law — two recent Supreme Court decisions bode well for ongoing, seemingly unrelated global warming litigation. The first of these decisions, Altria Group, …

Climate & Energy

On cap-and-trade, Evan Bayh follows Smokey Joe Barton’s and Rupert Murdoch’s agenda

Originally published on the Wonk Room. On Hardball yesterday, Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) worried that a cap-and-trade system to prevent catastrophic global warming and drive green economic development might “suck money” and jobs away from coal-intensive states: Cap and trade, …

Climate & Energy

French government interested in solar because it uses less water than nukes

A year or so ago, I spoke at a solar conference in France — a country that produces 78 percent of its electricity with nukes. A couple of folks told me that the government’s interest in solar stemmed from the …