Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Colo. Democrat Mark Udall talks to Grist about energy issues and his tough Senate race

One of the most lively debates over energy and environmental policy is taking place in Colorado’s Senate race this year, where Rep. Mark Udall (D) and former Rep. Bob Schaffer (R) are duking it out in the race to replace …

Climate & Energy

Brooks Brothers rioter turns attention to energy this election season

This post was originally published on the website of the Center for Public Integrity and is reposted on Grist with CPI’s kind permission. —– An advocacy group run by a political operative with oil industry ties (and a famous photo-op …

Business & Technology

Will we see $3 gasoline before $5?

A: It certainly looks that way. When I first posed this question in August, I began my answer: A: "Who knows?" and "It doesn’t really matter." Much higher gasoline prices that are sustained for a long, long time are now …

Climate & Energy

What would you do with $700 billion?

A little while back CNN hosted an interesting discussion called “dreaming of a climate bailout.” It ran through a few ideas for what $700 billion could do if spent on green initiatives. (3,700 90MW offshore wind farms! Etc.) It’s worth …

Climate & Energy

‘What is a carbon cap and how will it cure our oil addiction?’

A contest to explain something that isn’t true — what a novelty. If I were running a contest, it would be, "What is a carbon cap and why should it not cover the transportation sector?" But I digress. So I …

Climate & Energy

Palin again mangles facts on energy

On Wednesday, John McCain told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that his VP pick Sarah Palin is “probably one of the foremost experts in this nation on energy issues,” and reaffirmed his desire to put her in charge of energy policy …

Climate & Energy

The cheapest sources of new electricity are also the cleanest

This slide comes from a recent powerpoint presentation by FERC Commissioner Jon Wellinghoff — hardly what you’d call a green radical (click for a larger version): Note that the cheapest sources of new delivered electricity are also the cleanest. Happy …

Climate & Energy

Obama and McCain advisers spar over whose candidate can best address climate change

Last night, the PBS program Frontline hosted a sneak preview of its new global warming documentary, “Heat,” which will air on Oct. 21. The film covers both the science and the politics of climate change, and we’ll have more on …

Climate & Energy

Economic downturn and falling oil push green off the priority list, yet again

I keep saying this, possibly to the point of tedium, but I really want to drive it home: as long as going green is viewed as an expensive and vaguely altruistic undertaking, it will never be a top priority. Evidence …