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Climate & Energy

States ranked on energy efficiency, Grist provides drinking game

We suggest that while reading this blurb, you take a drink at every mention of “efficient” or “efficiency.” And go! California, Oregon, and Connecticut are taking the lead in improving energy efficiency, according to the 2008 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard …

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CNN reports on the battle for Coal River Mountain in W.Va.

In August, we brought you the story of Coal River Mountain, one of the last mountains in West Virginia’s Coal River Valley that hasn’t been destroyed by mountaintop-removal coal mining. Residents are lobbying to build a wind farm on the …

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McCain or Obama should attend global climate talks in December

This is a guest post from Bill McKibben, a scholar in residence at Middlebury College and author of a dozen books, most recently The Bill McKibben Reader. McKibben serves on Grist’s board of directors and is cofounder of 350.org. —– …

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New Jersey moves to become premier U.S. offshore wind-power hub

New Jersey this week opened a new front in its battle to be a leader in renewable energy generation. Gov. Jon Corzine (D) announced an ambitious goal to triple the amount of wind power the state plans to use by …

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E.U. parliament to vote on climate proposals amid financial crisis

Members of the European Parliament’s environment committee on Tuesday will vote on key green initiatives proposed earlier this year, among them plans to alter the European Union’s emissions-trading system, ramp up spending on carbon capture and storage technology, and eventually …

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The energy tax credits in the bailout bill, part 1

The bailout legislation passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush on Friday has a $17 billion energy tax package. This post will focus on the clean energy credits. Part 2 will focus on the dirty ones. The …

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It’s time to build the green-collar economy

This post originally ran on Wonk Room. —– At best, the federal government’s bail out of Wall Street will help the U.S. economy — which is already in a ditch — avoid a total meltdown. Fine. Now we need a …

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Author and physicist Richard A. Muller chats with Grist about getting science back in the White House

E = MC2 may be the best-known principle of physics, but close behind is the rule that physicists must, like Albert Einstein, have a mustache — and Richard A. Muller is no exception. Richard A. Muller. Facial hair earns no …

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Why more government now means less in the future

“Socialism!” the House Republicans cried when the financial bailout was proposed — and they were right, if you define socialism as the takeover of part of the economy by the government. We’ll be in for much more of this sort …