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International youth call out Merkel and Tusk in Warsaw

On the day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel publicly announced that she would block needed reforms to the European Union’s climate package, a crowd of 200 people from more than 20 countries loudly called her and Polish Prime Minister Donald …

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My father installed a solar system and radiant-heat floor in his barn

A couple of years ago, my folks retired. Pops ripped out the bottom of the barn on the old family farm, set up a woodshop, and got to work. Check out his stuff here. Nice, eh? I’m pleased to say …

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Join us March 2 as we protest a coal-fired power plant near Capitol Hill

There are moments in a nation’s — and a planet’s — history when it may be necessary for some to break the law in order to bear witness to an evil, bring it to wider attention, and push for its …

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D.C. buzzes about Stephen Chu, Nobel laureate and head of Lawrence Berkeley, for DOE

Steven Chu. No, I’m not talking Al Gore. The big buzz is about Dr. Steven Chu, the Nobel-laureate director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He would be a terrific choice for many reasons, as the Wonk Room has already …

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A roundup of reports I ought to read but in reality have only skimmed

So many reports, so little time! Greenpeace: The True Cost of Coal It’s well-known that coal’s price is artificially low, since many of its costs — health maladies, climate change, polluted water, etc. — are externalized. But how much do …

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Utility strikes deal with green groups allowing new coal plants to proceed

Luminant, the largest utility in Texas, struck a deal this week with Public Citizen and the Sierra Club in which the company agreed to use “maximum achievable control technology” to ensure the lowest possible emissions of mercury and other pollutants …

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City announces plan to develop next-generation electricity grid

The city of Austin, Texas recently announced a smart grid project. Smart grids, you may recall, are one of the core elements of the Grand Climate Plan. Although the Austin project isn’t the first such effort in the country, officials …

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Energy Dept. calls for threefold expansion of Yucca Mountain nuke dump

In a report to Congress, the U.S. Energy Department this week recommended expanding by up to three times the amount of nuclear waste to be buried at the planned Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in Nevada. The agency also recommended …

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South Korean court jails captain of oil tanker involved in 2007 spill

The captain and first mate of an oil tanker that caused South Korea’s largest oil spill last year have been convicted of criminal negligence for failing to avoid a collision with a barge. Members of the barge crew were also …