Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Lawmakers use financial crisis as pretext to screw with climate legislation

In a post yesterday I drew attention to an emerging battle over macroeconomics. To put it crudely: does the financial crisis mean the next president will need to trim his ambitions and focus on reducing the deficit? Or does it …

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Huge new hydroelectric dam under construction in Brazilian Amazon

A new $5 billion hydroelectric dam now under construction on a tributary of the Amazon River in Brazil will seriously mess with the area’s unique environment and wildlife and displace thousands of indigenous residents, critics say. Up to 3,000 families …

Climate & Energy

Obama’s proposal for an economic ‘rescue plan’ includes green features

In Toledo, Ohio, on Monday, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama unveiled his “Economic Rescue Plan for the Middle-Class” — a new $60 billion economic stimulus package, to be added to an already-proposed $115 billion stimulus proposal. As he introduced his …

Climate & Energy

A point of no return as alarming as the tundra feedback

A new study in Nature Geoscience ($ub. req’d, abstract below) projects that “a warming of 4 degrees C causes a 40 percent loss of soil organic carbon from the shallow peat and 86 percent from the deep peat” of Northern …

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Report envisions various scenarios for global economy in 2030

What will our world look like in 2030? It depends on global response to climate change, says British think tank Forum for the Future, laying out five possible scenarios in a new report. Will we enjoy the “Energy Efficiency” scenario, …

Climate & Energy

The financial crisis could open up new opportunities for sustainability thinking

It’s official: we haven’t had a financial crisis like this since at least 1603, and commentators here in the U.K. seem to agree that things can never be the same again. Capitalism, if not in question, will be a very …

Climate & Energy

Utilities moving in on distributed generation solar markets

There’s a new phenomenon afoot. Across the U.S., utilities are getting involved in distributed generation solar markets like never before. In March, Southern California Edison submitted an application to the California Public Utilities Commission to install 250 to 500 MW …

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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 …