Politics

Why McCain hates renewables but pretends he loves them

McCain has been an opponent of renewable energy all his political life. Why? He is a conservative — and that is what conservatives do. The GOP’s ultra-rich big energy donors don’t like competition and dole out millions to get their …

Oil wealth contains the ‘seeds of its own destruction’

Originally posted to the NDN blog. The reappearance of a belligerent Russia on the world stage, buoyed by high oil prices and newfound wealth, would appear to signal a new era in global politics. For anyone still clinging to the …

The Twinkie lobby

Photo: Nathan Pruzaniec I’ve been pondering writing something about this story in Politico, in which Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell says he’s fine with any energy bill that doesn’t "raise taxes," which is Republicanese for revoking some of the billions …

Why do more men than women support nuclear power?

One other bit from the recent Rasmussen results caught my eye: More than twice as many likely McCain voters (73%) like his idea of building more nuclear plants versus 35% of potential Obama voters. Similarly, 72% of men favor building …

Will Gore be veep?

I was just thinking to myself, "self, the time is rapidly running out for speculating about Al Gore running for president being selected as Obama’s VP! What fun will punditry be then?" Luckily, Bob Kuttner’s got our backs: Most folks …

On energy, survey results show public favors supply, increasingly favors Republicans

New polling from Rasmussen confirms current D.C. scuttlebutt: Republicans are winning on energy. The reason can be boiled down to this: Voters overwhelmingly want prices brought down, they’re convinced that increasing supply is the way to do that, and Republicans …

Nearly two-thirds of Americans support offshore drilling, says poll

Nearly two-thirds of Americans support offshore drilling, if a new Rasmussen poll can be believed (and considering the phrasing of past polls, that’s arguable). The recent survey shows 64 of Americans in support of drilling offshore and 20 percent against …

The internets weigh in on drilling

A few bits and pieces from around the internets on the drilling issue. Rick Hertzberg has a piece on his New Yorker blog about arguments against drilling. He points out that most of the opportunistic Dem arguments against drilling used …

Oil geopolitics of the Georgia pipeline

I’d like to be a fly on the wall for the upcoming talks between Condoleezza Rice and the Russian leadership. From The New York Times, May 6, 2006:  A day after chastising Moscow for its use of oil and natural …