Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

At prime time presser, Obama says an energy plan will pass

During his prime time press conference Tuesday evening, President Obama was put on the spot about Congress’ apparent unwillingness to go along with some of his budget proposals. The questioner listed a number of areas where Democrats on Capitol Hill …

Climate & Energy

EPA issues clarification on mountaintop removal notice

One can only wonder whether the following EPA statement regarding its move on mountaintop removal was prompted by some angry phone calls to the agency from certain influential West Virginia lawmakers. In any event, here’s what the EPA sent out …

Climate & Energy

Chicago tries to meet 20% renewables commitment with 20-year-old rip-offsets

At one time, Chicago was a serious contender for America’s greenest big city. Now they appear to be mostly contending for biggest greenwasher. I didn’t learn the stunning story about what Chicago is trying to get away with until I …

Climate & Energy

Heaven is solar powered

If the Wall Street Journal says it, it must be true.

Climate & Energy

Does Sen. Feinstein get global warming, desertification, and California’s looming demise?

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) appears to like deserts so much that she wants them to stretch from Oklahoma to California and cover one third the planet. The AP reported Friday, “Feinstein seeks [to] block solar power from desert land“: Nineteen …

Climate & Energy

Regional climate policy is still moving forward in the Northwest

Over the last couple of weeks, there’s been a lot of hand-wringing about the state of climate policy in the Northwest. Washington’s citizen-backed renewable energy standard is in jeopardy and neither Oregon nor Washington appears close to implementing the Western …

Climate & Energy

Boucher bill would put billions into carbon-capture-and-sequestration technologies

Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.), one of the House’s biggest coal supporters, on Tuesday reintroduced a bill that would invest billions of dollars in the development of carbon-capture-and-sequestration (CCS) technology for fossil-fuel power plants. Like a similar measure Boucher introduced last …

Cities

Newsom says San Francisco will adopt Berkeley green financing model

San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom said something that caught my ear: San Francisco is going to adopt Berkeley’s innovative financing program to fund not only rooftop solar (as Berkeley does) but other distributed generation and energy efficiency projects. That is …

Climate & Energy

A key climate and clean energy pick by Obama: Wellinghoff for energy commission chief

President Obama has stacked his administration with experts and advocates for strong action on global warming and clean energy. Now he has added one more — in an unusually important position as the Washington Post reports: Add a new name …