Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

CCX sells rip-offsets

Richard Sandor and his Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) may be doing more to destroy the credibility of the carbon trading market than anyone in the world, as the Wall Street Journal makes painfully clear. I urge anyone considering throwing their …

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New Scientist on how our economy is killing the earth

The graph above comes from the introduction to the New Scientist‘s special report: "How our economy is killing the Earth." It takes the following as its central premise: A growing band of experts are looking at figures like these and …

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Green infrastructure spending is a win x 4

I’ve been inveighing for weeks that greens need to get involved in the coming battle over fiscal policy — to argue that the economic crisis militates for big, immediate (green!) public spending rather than the belt-tightening Beltway pundits reflexively demand …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …