Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Passing the buck or paying the piper

We have just gone through a period in the U.S. when very little new public infrastructure was built (with the exception of wired and wireless telecommunications infrastructure). Led by a generation and a half of politicians and economic theorists — …

Business & Technology

Google, GE team up to tout ‘smart grid,’ clean energy initiatives

General Electric and Google announced on Wednesday they’re teaming up to promote renewable energy, specifically geothermal energy and plug-in hybrids, and spur better investment and swifter government action to create “smart,” more efficient electrical grids. In recent years, both enormous …

Climate & Energy

Oldest Utah newspaper: Bark-beetle driven wildfires comprise a vicious climate cycle

Deseret News, owned by the Mormon Church and “usually described as moderate to conservative” may have begun the slow march toward climate reality. A story this month titled, “Bark beetles are feasting on Utah forests” begins: A vicious cycle is …

Business & Technology

California air agency says cutting emissions will boost economy

California’s 2006 law requiring the state to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 would help boost its economy and save residents more money in the long term than doing nothing, according to a report by the influential California …

Climate & Energy

Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales are pursuing dramatically different environmental strategies

Over the past decade, the current British government has taken a crack at devolution, giving Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales a level of operational government unseen for a century or more. The fledgling administrations of these three “devolved nations” have …

Climate & Energy

GOP VP candidate says she’d be in charge of McCain’s energy policy

At a rally in Ohio on Tuesday, GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin told the crowd that she’d head up energy policy in a McCain administration.   “John and I, we’ve discussed some new responsibilities that I’m going to have …

Climate & Energy

Clinton Global Initiative jumps the shark, invites McCain to keynote on energy solutions

I understand that CGI will also have Senator Inhofe keynote on climate science, Karl Rove on ethics, and President Bush on openness in government. Seriously — or ridiculously, take your pick — the CGI has announced: Senator John McCain will …

Climate & Energy

Do we want an economy that’s a bit more Belgian or Belgian Congo?

A simple syllogism to expose the flaws in our GHG debate: Fossil fuels cost money. When burned, fossil fuels emit CO2. Therefore, burning less fossil fuel saves money and CO2. The logic is impeccable (even if not quite as entertaining …

Business & Technology

Immelt: yay RPS!

I’m on a conference call, listening to Jeff Immelt, CEO of GE, chat with Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, about energy. I don’t have a recording, but I tell you, Immelt sounds more and more like a standard greenie — …