Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Debate part 2: Obama stays on energy independence message

Some people worry that Obama seemed to put energy independence on the “back burner” by suggesting his clean energy plan was the “first thing” he would cut to make room for the $700 billion bailout rescue deal. Significantly, that isn’t …

Climate & Energy

Debate part 1: McCain tells the truth and lies at the same time

Let me briefly hit the big picture on the debate. The two insta polls out, from CBS and CNN, show that McCain lost by a large margin, by 13 percent or so. That large a gap means independents in particular …

Climate & Energy

Congress still hasn’t resolved their issues on renewable tax credit extensions

As we reported on Friday, the House passed a renewable-energy tax-credit bill that differed from the Senate’s version. Today Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said, “we can’t get it done” — i.e., Senate Democrats can’t get the House version …

Climate & Energy

Oil is down $10 today because …

… oh hell, nobody really knows. Note the journalist’s favorite way of implying causation without actually claiming it: the $10 drop happened “amid” political fighting over the bailout. It also happened amid the baseball playoffs, and amid my attempts to …

Cities

Why the party that wrecked America can’t fix it

The Republican party has a problem. They have based much of their power, over the last several decades, on the idea of ever-expanding (almost exclusively white) suburbs. The thinking was, as those suburbs become less and less dense — as …

Climate & Energy

New data: Green investment would produce about twice the jobs of Wall Street bailout

There’s been a bit of extremely stupid chatter in D.C. lately suggesting that somehow the financial storm could get in the way of action to combat the climate crisis. So I picked up my phone at Greenpeace and asked Robert …

Climate & Energy

Where does McCain get his claim that nuclear will create 700,000 jobs?

In this post, I questioned John McCain’s claim that building 45 new nuclear reactors between now and 2030 would create 700,000 new jobs. I couldn’t find any numbers to back the claim up, and plenty of numbers that cast doubt …

Video

Avent v. Manzi re: global warming

Econ/placemaking blogger Ryan Avent (who, it turns out, also sings for Spoon) takes on everyone’s favorite Reasonable Conservative Jim Manzi on the subject of global warming, on BloggingHeads: Want to know why we’re doomed? Look no further than the first …

Climate & Energy

Northeast states’ first carbon auction goes smoothly despite financial crisis

Carbon allowances sold for $3.07 per ton in the nation’s first regional cap-and-trade auction, auction officials said Monday. The price was lower than futures markets had predicted but higher than the minimum price some had feared. The Regional Greenhouse Gas …