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Climate & Energy

A summary of the role of energy efficiency in last night’s debate

Squat. UPDATE: Okay, to be completely fair, in response to the question about how the candidates would ask Americans to sacrifice, Obama said this: But each and every one of us can start thinking about how can we save energy …

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Ingrid Jackson’s question about climate change put candidates on the spot

For the first time in this year’s presidential debates, the two candidates were asked point-blank about what they would do to address climate change in the first two years of their administration. Ingrid Jackson asks the candidates about environmental issues. …

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My worries about PHVs have mostly abated

In my post last fall on Rob Lowe’s plug-in hybrid, I argued that in the absence of a cap on greenhouse gas emissions, switching to plug-in hybrids might actually be worse for the climate than just switching to regular hybrids. …

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E.U. Parliament votes on proposals to cut emissions 20 percent by 2020

On Tuesday, the European Parliament’s environment committee voted on a range of proposals intended to help achieve the European Union’s ambitious goal of cutting its greenhouse-gas emissions 20 percent by 2020. The committee voted to force E.U. utilities to buy …

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McCain mystified by Obama’s concerns over nuclear

Besides Obama’s prioritization of energy, there was another particularly striking moment in the debate. (And I’m not talking about McCain referring to Obama as “that one.”) In the midst of an answer on climate change, McCain said: Now, how — …

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Obama names energy as first administration priority

The candidates have put forth ambitious proposals on a number of issues, but one of the great unanswered questions of the race has been what each would prioritize in office. The first policy initiative undertaken by the new president will …

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Obama and McCain asked directly about climate change at debate

The second 2008 presidential debate included a single, pointed question on global climate change from an audience member, but that didn’t stop both candidates from working the issue of energy independence into their responses to all sorts of questions throughout …

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Savvy citizen asks the right question about climate change at debate

Thank heavens for the “average citizen.” After approximately 4 million debates over the past year, someone finally asked the right and real question about climate change. Ingrid Jackson, over in Section C of the audience in Tuesday night’s debate, didn’t …

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Debate Video: Obama on energy independence

Obama on energy in tonight’s debate: