Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Fermi who?

Last week, Jeff Young of Living on Earth spoke to one of the top dogs at the Nuclear Energy Institute, Alex Flint. Read the following exchange and see if it fills you with confidence: FLINT: No, the Fermi plant operates …

Climate & Energy

Breaking the mental habit of selective fiscal conservatism

“And if people ask how we’re going to pay for [renewable power and infrastructure investments], you tell them that if we can spend $10 billion a month in Iraq, we can spend some money to rebuild America.” — Sen. Barack …

Climate & Energy

The Governator gets it

“We must not give in to those that say that environmental goals should take a back seat until our economy comes back. It’s backwards thinking and just plain wrong.” — Calif. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, speaking to the Solar Power International …

Climate & Energy

New report offers five different pictures of life in 2030

Forum on the Future recently released a report, "derived from published studies and consultations with more than 60 climate-change specialists," that describes five possible scenarios for how climate change might affect our collective future. Here’s the happy one, as described …

Climate & Energy

Hawaii lei’s out ambitious clean-energy plans

Hawaii’s largest utility has lei’d out plans to help the state source 70 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030. Hawaiian Electric Co. has promised to never break ground on another coal plant (yippee!) and will convert existing …

Climate & Energy

Government report criticizes U.S. plans for carbon dioxide burial

The following is a guest essay from Peter Montague, executive director of the Environmental Research Foundation. —– In the U.S. today we burn coal to make half of all our electricity. This coal emits about 1.9 billion metric tons of …

Climate & Energy

Green groups lose court battle to force Canada to abide by Kyoto Protocol

Green groups Friends of the Earth and Ecojustice Canada lost their court bid Monday to force the Canadian federal government to abide by a national law passed last year requiring the country to meet its Kyoto Protocol targets. As a …

Business & Technology

Washington Post editors join the ranks of the climate confused

The Post ran an editorial, “Cap and Return: Fight the recession or fight global warming? Congress can do both,” that is as confused as it is well-meaning. The Post supports strong action now, but they recycle a new inactivist talking …

Video

Frontline documentary ‘Heat’ looks at the politics of global warming

The PBS program “Frontline” is premiering a new two-hour documentary about global warming on Tuesday night: Heat, produced by Martin Smith. Though it kicks off with discussion of melting icecaps, it’s way more heavy on the political side of the …