Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

The Epstein alternative

Paul Epstein responds to a recent NYT story on the much-ballyhooed “nuclear revival” with a letter to the editor: There are many reasons to balk at constructing new nuclear power plants. Safety, storage, and security are significant obstacles, the last …

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Decoupling 101: Of triage and panaceas

Decoupling is all the rage. The Obama campaign has made it a key part of their plan (as David gushed here), and many states have instituted decoupling proceedings to change the way that their electric and gas utilities get paid. …

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Biofuel you can believe in

Flint, Michigan seeks Swedish help in turning human waste into biogas to power buses.

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Geologists predict that oil production will decline within a decade

As I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, gas prices have fallen back from the phenomenal highs of last summer. The immediate cause has been the economic crisis. When credit markets seized up, some companies that wanted to buy oil simply …

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CBS looks at the Vatican’s plan to go solar

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McCain adviser repeats myths about climate change

Just a few months ago, Steve Forbes, editor of Forbes and an economic adviser to Republican presidential candidate John McCain, was assuring the base that McCain would abandon his call for a cap-and-trade system to regulate carbon emissions once he …

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Home values near transit stations defy the financial crisis

“With the energy [price] increase, it isn’t too much of a surprise that people are saying, ‘Gee, being close to public transportation is something that I value.'” — Byron Koste, director of the real estate center at the University of …

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An ideological breakthrough on feed-in tariffs in Britain

In a startling reversal, Britain’s Labour government has put on the table a feed-in tariff proposal for “microgeneration.” The proposed feed-in tariffs will pay homeowners, farmers, and community groups for the electricity they generate with renewable energy. The move represents …

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Environment bigger factor in election than immigration, abortion, gay marriage

I was looking at this recent poll from Pew, and wanted to highlight how many people see environment as a big issue in the election: Environment is more important than immigration, abortion, and gay marriage. Which I think explains why …