Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Arctic ice in a ‘death spiral’ as it hits second-lowest point ever

Summer sea-ice melt in the Arctic is already the second-meltiest since satellite records began, and by the end of the melt season in mid-September, this year could surpass the all-time record low set last year, according to scientists at the …

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Obama to tout clean coal, nuclear, and renewables in his big speech

David and I are in Invesco Field, among tens of thousands of delegates, reporters, and Denver residents awaiting Barack Obama’s acceptance speech tonight. We’re glad to be inside — outside the line snakes more than a mile out from the …

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Brookings calls for action on climate change in WaPo op-ed

The uber-centrist Brookings Institution joins the climate alarmist realist crowd. President Strobe Talbott and VP for foreign policy studies Carlos Pascual explain in a Washington Post op-ed: The world may have only seven years to start reducing the annual buildup …

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Former Energy Secretary Federico Pena talks to Grist about energy, climate, and security

We interviewed former Energy Secretary Federico Peña shortly after his Tuesday night convention speech on energy, the economy, and security. Peña was secretary of transportation from 1993 to 1997, then secretary of energy from 1997 to 1998, under President Bill …

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T. Boone Pickens embraces progressive policies but not progressive politicians

I interviewed the billionaire conservative oilman for Salon. My article and the interview are now online here. My goal was not to trip him up with the flaws in his plan, but just to explore some of the key issues, …

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Grist tries (unsuccessfully) to find out Rep. John Dingell’s climate and energy plans

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair John Dingell (D-Mich.) spoke yesterday at an event sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation — “I Fish, I Hunt, I Vote Conservation” — where he talked up conservation efforts and the common ground Democrats …

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Rep. Ed Markey talks about the Dems’ strategy for energy legislation in the House

Yesterday, I talked to Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), chair of the House Select Committee for Energy Independence and Global Warming, about what to expect from the Democrats on energy legislation when Congress goes back into session next month. We also …

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Must-have slide No. 1: The narrow temperature window that gave us modern human civilization

I am starting a new feature and a new category for must-have PowerPoint slides. I’ll begin with my favorite new slide, which shows just how stable the climate has been over the 10,000-year period that allowed modern human civilization to …

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Kansas conversations on utilities and efficiency

Check out this article from Energy Central. A workshop in Topeka, Kansas has been trying to figure out how to incentivize Kansas utilities to embrace conservation. The local regulated utility summarizes the problem: “We are totally committed to energy efficiency,” …