Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Republican foot soldiers prepare to push for reduced public participation in dirty energy projects

If you want to know what the far right is up to, you should check in with the Heritage Foundation periodically. A post this week offers a preview of what they’ll be pushing for on the energy front in coming …

Climate & Energy

Green journos: Scientific and idealistic and ignorant and cootie-covered

MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman pens a truly incoherent and dunderheaded attack on environmental journalists. Look at this mess, taken from the middle of the piece: Beyond sticking to a few catch-phrases and earnestly spouting a do-good philosophy gleaned from Al Gore’s …

Climate & Energy

UCS on CCS

The Union of Concerned Scientists recently put out a new report on "clean coal." The conclusion: The UCS report, “Coal Power in a Warming World,” proposes that the federal government fund five to 10 full-scale demonstration projects to test carbon-capture-and-storage …

Business & Technology

What should Google do next?

I was excited to read this L.A. Times piece, which seemed to hold out the prospect of evidence that Google is moving into smart-grid technology. Instead of evidence, though, there was wild and utterly unmotivated speculation. I do enjoy speculating …

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Minn. Rep. Bachmann lists climate policy as among her ‘concerns’ about Barack Obama

On a local news program today, Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann was asked about her statement on Friday that she is “very concerned” that Barack Obama “may have anti-American views.” Bachmann denied saying it. “I feel his views are concerning. …

Climate & Energy

Economists weigh in on the need for stimulus spending

The New York Times has a heartening story saying that the need for stimulus spending is widely accepted: But the extra spending, a sore point in normal times, has been widely accepted on both sides of the political aisle as …

Climate & Energy

Big Oil and enviros agree: Surging prices were nail in coffin for offshore-drilling ban

The 110th Congress achieved some notable victories for the environmental community. The Democratic majorities secured the first major increase in automobile fuel-economy standards in nearly three decades, along with tougher efficiency rules for household appliances. They extended tax credits for …

Climate & Energy

Solar industry aims for grid parity in eight years

Solar companies are getting some swagger: “We designed the eight-year tax credit extension very purposely,” said Rhone Resch, president of Solar Energy Industries Association. “We believe that at the end of that time, solar will have achieved grid parity, which …

Climate & Energy

Obama’s pushing a clean energy agenda with swing-voter-pleasing rhetoric

(part the first/ part the second) Let me summarize: Obama is stuck in a peculiar political moment. In substantive terms, he knows that our dire climate and energy situation requires huge and possibly wrenching changes to drive the country away …