Climate & Energy

How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic: Responses to the most common skeptical arguments on global warming

‘Global warming comes from within’–Is heat at the Earth’s core the real cause of global warming?

(Part of the How to Talk to a Climate Skeptic guide) Objection: We all live on a thin crust that floats on a huge ball of molten iron, and at its core, the Earth’s temperature is over 5000 degrees C! …

Climate & Energy

Identifying one of the great misunderstandings of our political age

“In tough economic times, some people will ask whether we should retreat from our climate change objectives. In our view, it would be quite wrong to row back, and those who say we should misunderstand the relationship between the economic …

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Auctions

Politico interviewed William Antholis, managing director of the Brookings Institution, about the connection between the environment and security, and among other things Antholis made this very smart observation: Q: What energy-related issues have the presidential candidates ignored during the campaign? …

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World needs to get crackin’ on CCS, says IEA

John McCain and Barack Obama both like to give lovin’ to “clean coal” — but how much would they be willing to pony up for it? In a new report, the International Energy Agency, assuming that we continue to head …

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Coal’s position in the energy market is more precarious than is generally acknowledged

As we reported Monday morning, the Bush administration is on the verge of issuing a rule that will make it even easier for mountaintop-removal mining companies to dump toxic crap in the streams of Appalachia. (They do it now, it’s …

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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 …