Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Santa Barbara County officials give thumbs-up to offshore drilling

Santa Barbara County supervisors on Tuesday voted 3 to 2 in favor of allowing offshore drilling along their coastline — a move that has no practical impacts, but is rich with symbolism. The southern California county was hit with a …

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Energy is all the rage at this year’s gathering

As David has noted, the thing to know about being in Denver right now is that it’s a madhouse. There are more people and events here than one could possibly imagine. And things are spread out all over the city. …

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Major hurricane tracks to New Orleans on eve of Republican Convention?

That subhead is lifted from Drudge. Needless to say, he left out ” … and on the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, where both Bush and McCain were AWOL” (see TP’s “As Katrina hit, McCain celebrated 69th birthday with Bush“). …

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Should you freak out at the lack of airtime for climate change in Denver — or Minneapolis?

Andrew Jones — former Rocky Mountain Institute colleague and systems-dynamic modeler extraordinaire at the Sustainability Institute — asks if I could write something “from a D.C. insider perspective” about why we shouldn’t be freaking out that climate change is getting …

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To solve global warming, we need to support every alternative transportation pathway

The following is a guest essay from Bob Rose, executive director of the U.S. Fuel Cell Council. This essay responds to Joseph Romm’s Gristmill post, “Flush! Department of Energy flushes $15 million down the hydrogen toilet.” —– Joe Romm’s recent …

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Energy efficiency alone is not sufficient

China’s power plant emissions have surpassed the U.S. for the first time and are slated to double in the next decade, despite efficiency improvements. Without major technological innovation it will be impossible to decrease the absolute quantities of CO2 in …

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Grist talks to Google.org climate and energy head Dan Reicher about geothermal

At a reception sponsored by the “Clean Tech for Obama” group yesterday, we had a chance to talk to Dan Reicher, director of Climate and Energy Initiatives for Google.org, who filled us in on the company’s big investment in geothermal …

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Grist asks Howard Dean about how the Democrats are doing on energy issues

I caught one question on energy policy with Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean yesterday at a barbecue. Dean touted Democratic plans to support renewable energy, and cheered the inclusion of corporations like WalMart in the renewables sector. “The new American …

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Consumers express renewed interest in natural-gas vehicles

High oil prices, increased domestic natural-gas production, and a well-publicized push from a former oil man have all boosted interest in natural-gas vehicles in the United States lately. This spring, the natural-gas equivalent of a gallon of gasoline was selling …