Climate & Energy

National Biodiesel Board opens green building in Jefferson City, Mo.

The National Biodiesel Board built a new green building for its new headquarters, according to an NBB news release. Excerpt below the fold: The carpet comes from recycled materials. The paint is nontoxic. The parking lot lights are powered by …

Big emissions gains require big investments; get over it

I’m not particularly invested in white roofs — the subject of several stories yesterday, reporting research showing that painting roofs white in several major urban areas would have a surprisingly large effect on warming — but Keith Johnson’s response on …

McCain’s running mate has offered mixed message on climate change

Sarah Palin, in her Sept. 11, 2008, interview with ABC News: “Show me where I have ever said that there’s absolute proof that nothing that man has ever conducted or engaged in has had any effect, or no effect, on …

Obama mentions green programs in 9/11 public-service forum

In separate sit-down interviews at the ServiceNation presidential forum at Columbia University on Thursday, presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama spoke extensively about volunteerism and community service in commemoration of the 2001 World Trade Center attacks. However, of the …

Palin parries with Charles Gibson on climate change

“Show me where I have ever said that there’s absolute proof that nothing that man has ever conducted or engaged in has had any effect, or no effect, on climate change.” Photo: Trica Ward In her first substantial interview with …

House Democrats unveil their energy package

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday unveiled an official version of the “Comprehensive American Energy Security and Consumer Protection Act,” the House Democrats’ version of energy legislation slated for consideration next week. The bill would allow drilling 100 miles …

Some Palin energy expertise

ABC has released some excerpts of its interview with Sarah Palin, which will air tonight and tomorrow night. Asked if it would be worth it to go to war with Russia over the invasion of Georgia: [Putin’s] mission, if it …

Weighing the costs and benefits of increased offshore drilling

The following is a guest essay from Michael A. Livermore, Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Regulation at New York University School of Law and author, with Dean Richard Revesz, of Retaking Rationality: How Cost-Benefit Analysis Can …

Without coal, the most catastrophic climate scenarios may not happen

NASA’s latest analysis of the intersection of peak oil and climate change argues that oil and natural gas alone probably won’t get us to 450ppm. If we can constrain our use of coal fairly quickly, we probably can avoid the …