Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

She knows ‘more about energy than probably anyone else in the United States of America’

This is an amazing video (via). A reporter (of course a local Maine reporter — no campaign reporter would be so rude as to ask difficult questions) finally asks McCain about the many vulnerabilities of Sarah Palin, and his answers …

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Sex and drug scandal at Interior could affect the offshore-drilling debate in Congress

Yesterday’s revelation that 13 Interior Department employees who handle oil royalties are under investigation for allegedly engaging in illicit sex with and accepting gifts from employees of oil companies may affect the debate over drilling currently underway in Congress. An …

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So how much do renewables cost anyway?

One of the attractions of renewable energy is that for most renewable generators (except biomass power plants) the cost of the fuel is free. However, even more so than with a conventional power plant, much of the expense of a …

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Old-growth forests absorb more CO2 than they release, study finds

Most of the world’s old-growth forests actively absorb more carbon dioxide than they release into the atmosphere, making them effective carbon sinks, according to a new study in the journal Nature. The new research, which relies on data from over …

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Energy set to ignite the Hill for the next three weeks

With only about three weeks left before Congress adjourns for election season, energy is the hot topic on the Hill. Here’s where things stand: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) and other Democratic leaders in the House have outlined a new energy …

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Ethics violations alleged at agency that collects oil and gas royalties

Between 2002 and 2006, a “culture of substance abuse and promiscuity” existed at the federal agency responsible for overseeing oil and gas royalties, according to an investigation by Minerals Management Service Inspector General Earl Devaney. Thirteen MMS employees (in an …

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Greenpeace protesters acquitted in coal-activism case

In a decision that anti-coal activists say is a gamechanger, six Greenpeace protesters have been acquitted of nearly $53,000 in criminal-damage charges for painting “Gordon” on a British coal plant. The activists climbed a 650-foot coal-plant chimney last year with …

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NYT critiques alien biology

Last year, I posted an argument that not all alien species are bad, based on a study of the invasive aquatic plant Hydrilla; I got pretty bloodied, not only because it’s an unpopular notion in enviro circles, but also because …

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Turns out McCain doesn’t care about the greatest threat we face

All you need to know about McCain’s core beliefs on climate change: The 72-year-old McCain named a global-warming-denying, Big Oil Super-Shill as his vice presidential nominee. His much anticipated acceptance speech never once mentioned the gravest threat facing the health …