Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

McCain/Palin energy lie about Alaska the latest to come in for media scrutiny

In her Friday interview with Charlie Gibson, Sarah Palin said that Alaska "produces nearly 20 percent of the U.S. domestic supply of energy." McCain has said the same thing — in an interview with Univision that aired Friday, he said, …

Business & Technology

Making environmental sense of the financial storm now raging

Interpreting reports currently coming out of Wall Street is like tracking a vast hurricane as it rages its way through the Gulf and toward a population center: Conditions are way too chaotic to make confident predictions, but preparing for the …

Climate & Energy

Castens and Recycled Energy Development featured in Forbes magazine

Don’t miss this profile of Tom Casten and his company, Recycled Energy Development, in the latest issue of Forbes. (Of course Tom spawn and Gristmill contributor Sean gets off some zingers, but they’re about ethanol, so don’t read them! I …

Climate & Energy

Hurricane Ike messes with Texas, other states as it hits U.S.

Before hitting land in the United States on Saturday, Hurricane Ike killed some 70 people in Haiti and four in Cuba last week as it made its way north from the Caribbean, but so far in the U.S. the death …

Climate & Energy

Giuliani parses McCain on ‘Meet the Press’

Rudy Giuliani was on “Meet the Press” today. Tom Brokaw asked him to respond to McCain’s assertion that Sarah Palin is the most knowledgeable person in the country on energy: MR. BROKAW: "More about energy than probably anyone else in …

Climate & Energy

The Economist agrees with me on hydrogen

When the world’s uber-centrist magazine of choice runs a headline almost identical to mine, you know it’s all over. Especially when one of that magazine’s leading energy columnists, Vijay Vaitheeswaran, used to sing that technology’s praises (here). Here’s the bottom …

Climate & Energy

‘Gang of 10’ bipartisan energy bill now has double the number of cosponsors

What started out as a Gang of 10 senators sponsoring a bipartisan energy compromise grew to a Gang of 16 and is now a Gang of 20. The group announced on Thursday that they’ve added Republicans Elizabeth Dole (N.C.) and …

Climate & Energy

The oil market can’t save us from climate change

Oil prices have plunged by a third since June. What happened? Damned if I know. This is an extremely murky market. Information about supply is notoriously patchy. As for demand, people are writing dissertations about the mentality of mega-fund managers …

Climate & Energy

McCain’s nuclear plan would cost $315 billion, with taxpayers risking over $100 billion

Finally, a serious publication did the math: John McCain’s plan to revive the U.S. nuclear power industry with 45 new reactors may cost $315 billion, with taxpayers bearing much of the financial risk. Who else should bear the financial risk? …