Climate & Energy

Power Down for the Planet video contest issues challenge for greener computing

As an online-only publication using tree-free pencils (also known as “computers”), Grist is familiar with the energy-sucking pitfalls of internet technology. Which is why we think it’s so swell that the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI) is ganging up with …

Reid backs away from funding health care via cap-and-trade

Remember how Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) last week opened the door to the possibility of using cap-and-trade revenues to fund a new health-care system? He’s now sounding less enthused about the idea, saying he has “no big plot” …

‘We set our own pace’

“We are building our consensus, and when we are ready, we will bring it to the floor. I have never been driven by a Senate timetable or what they are willing to pass. We set our own pace and our …

Q: Does a climate bill have to be bipartisan?

I’m updating my previous answer to this important and complicated question, but sticking with “no” for four reasons: 1. Against all evidence, conservative Republicans have simply refused to budge on the global warming issue (see “House GOP pledge to fight …

First quarter cleantech VC funding hits $1 billion — green stimulus funds soar to $400 billion

Clean tech venture capital funding in the first quarter of 2009 hit $1 billion, according to “findings released today by the Cleantech Group in cooperation with Deloitte.” For the authors of the findings, the headline news was global cleantech VC …

Cato’s skeptic ads draw a flurry of responses

The ad questioning scientific consensus on climate change. Cato Institute The libertarian Cato Institute spent serious free-market cash on its full-page ad questioning climate change on Monday, placing it in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, …

Hot climate? Try on some sizzling shorts

The makers of the film “Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy“ (one of whom, Randy Olson, I interviewed for Grist, here) are holding a video contest among students at three universities that hosted screenings of Sizzle last month (Cal State Fullerton, …

Survey says: Americans concerned about global warming, want policy change, like money

An interesting report out today from Public Agenda, entitled “The Energy Learning Curve.”  They report on a survey that is both heartening with respect to the public perceptions of global warming (and needs for policy response thereto) and frustrating for …

House Republican leader continues to distort costs of cap-and-trade

As David noted yesterday, the figures Republicans are using to malign the cap-and-trade plan that Democrats put out this week are utterly, certifiably false. But that didn’t stop Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) from repeating them in yet another press …