Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Debate climate question

At tonight’s debate, moderator Bob Scheiffer asked a question about energy independence and "climate control" (oy). The answers never really touched on climate at all and quickly drifted far afield from energy. Here’s the exchange, from CNN’s running transcript: Schieffer: …

Climate & Energy

Tim Kaine and George Allen debate energy and enviro policy on behalf of the presidential candidates

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine, an Obama supporter who was rumored to be on the short list for VP, and former Virginia Gov. George Allen, a McCain supporter, took part in a debate today on energy and environmental issues, speaking on …

Business & Technology

Wind, solar thermal, and geothermal development outpaces expectations

As fossil fuel prices rise, as oil insecurity deepens, and as concerns about climate change cast a shadow over the future of coal, a new energy economy is emerging in the United States. The old energy economy, fueled by oil, …

Climate & Energy

California updates plan for reducing greenhouse-gas emissions

How will California meet its goal to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020? It’s so glad you asked. On Wednesday, the state Air Resources Board released an update to its draft proposal for cutting emissions. The updated plan …

Climate & Energy

Florida to release tough climate action plan

The state government of Florida is set today to release its action plan on climate change, which includes significant reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions and indicates that the state stands to reap $28 billion in net economic savings by 2025 if …

Climate & Energy

EDF’s and MIT’s magical thinking on carbon caps and oil

Last week I critiqued EDF’s pointless video/graphics competition (see here). The contest is pointless because a carbon cap can’t cure our oil addiction. Indeed, under any plausible cap, U.S. oil consumption rises. Gernot Wagner, an economist at Environmental Defense Fund, …

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Presidential candidates meet for their final showdown tonight

With just 20 days to go before the election, Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama will meet at Hofstra University for their third and final debate tonight at 9 p.m. EDT. Their ultimate encounter, moderated by Bob Schieffer of …

Business & Technology

Soros on green as the motor of the economy

In an interview with Bill Moyers (via Green Inc.), financier George Soros has some things to say about how green investments can pull us out of the current financial crisis (a subject I’ve been hitting repeatedly these last few days): …

Climate & Energy

Bad data analysis by University of Alabama scientists set old myth in motion

Denier talking points are harder to kill than vampires. They keep rising from the dead no matter how many times scientists try to drive a stake through their heart. Sometimes they take on a slightly different form, like a relentless, …