Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Governator proposes tax on California oil drilling

As part of a package aimed to address California’s $11.2-billion budget deficit, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday proposed a 9.9 percent tax per barrel on oil drilled in the state. The proposal, a flip-flop from the Governator’s opposition of a …

Climate & Energy

Palin offers the help that Obama has not yet asked for

“And as governor of Alaska, Governor Palin looks forward to working with President-elect Obama on securing energy independence for America.” — Meghan Stapleton, aide to Alaska governor Sarah Palin

Climate & Energy

Al Gore ‘cannot yet reveal’ his role in Obama’s administration

Al Gore: I look forward to serving in the Obama administration and while I cannot yet reveal what my exact role will be, I can assure you that President-Elect Obama and I are eager to get started building a new …

Business & Technology

When in doubt, propagandize

The ethanol industry is in trouble because the market is rejecting its products, which turn out to have been wildly over-hyped. So it’s taking a cue from the coal industry and improving its product launching a massive advertising campaign. Fresh …

Climate & Energy

Should Hagel and Lugar be considered for Secretary of State given their climate views?

It’s frequently suggested that Obama appoint a Republican to his cabinet to demonstrate his bipartisan (or is it post-partisan?) bona fides. When it comes to Secretary of State, he reportedly has Sens. Chuck Hagel and Richard Lugar on his short …


Alliance for Climate Protection ramps up calls for renewable-energy plan

Following up on Wednesday’s “Now what?” ads, the Alliance for Climate Protection has launched a new website,, calling for 100 percent of U.S. electricity to be drawn from renewable sources within the next 10 years. The group also has …

Climate & Energy

Current climate warming trend hottest since human civilization began, study says

The current climate warming trend the Earth is experiencing is the most dramatic climate change since human civilization began some 5,000 years ago, according to a new Cornell University study published in the journal Ecology. Researchers also studied ecosystem changes …

Climate & Energy

Bush admin recommends expanding Yucca Mountain nuke-waste dump

The Bush administration is poised to recommend that Congress expand the controversial, costly, and still nonexistent Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository in Nevada instead of looking for a new dump site in the Eastern U.S. to handle additional nuke waste. …

Climate & Energy

Obama, Pelosi, wonks, and enviros call for green economic stimulus

There’s a growing push in Washington for a green economic-stimulus package, and enviros have reason to hope President-elect Barack Obama will lead the charge. “Finding the new driver of our economy is going to be critical. There’s no better driver …