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Reality Check: Society Pays for Carbon Pollution and That's no Benefit

February 5, 2014 by Gernot Wagner

This open letter, co-authored by Jeremy Proville and first published on EDF Voices, was written in response to a New York Times article citing Dr. Roger Bezdek’s report on “The Social Costs of Carbon? No, The Social Benefits of Carbon.”[read more]

Public Editor Slams NY Times Tesla Story, Overcoming ‘Confirmation Bias’

February 23, 2013 by Joseph Romm

New York Times public editor criticizes Broder Tesla story, using the headline, “Problems With Precision and Judgment, but Not Integrity, in Tesla Test.”[read more]

Interviewing Tom Friedman On The Urgency of Climate Action

March 6, 2012 by Joseph Romm
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Friedman: “I’ve never been more concerned about climate change than I am now….” Tom Friedman had another good NY Times column Sunday on climate and clean energy, “Take the Subway.” The gist of it was that because of the urgency of climate change, we need to start aggressively deploying clean energy ASAP. I interviewed him about his...[read more]

Public Opinion, the Media and Climate Change

February 6, 2012 by Joseph Romm

A must-read study published Monday in the journal Climatic Change debunks some pervasive myths about public opinion and climate change. The lead author, Dr. Robert J. Brulle of Drexel University, gave me an exclusive interview.[read more]

Audio Archive: Fukushima and Nuclear Power

July 8, 2011 by Amelia Timbers
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Listen to The Energy Collective's panelists as they seek answers to questions raised after Fukushima and discuss nuclear power's role in our energy future[read more]

An Argument For Renewable Energy, And Response To Robert Bryce

June 16, 2011 by Steve Sacks
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On June 8, 2011, Mr. Robert Bryce, author of the recently published Power Hungry, The Myth Of Clean Energy And The Real Fuels Of The Future, wrote an Op-Ed piece to the New York Times. In the piece, Mr. Bryce argues that the recently signed mandate requiring a 30% renewable portfolio standard places too high a burden on society....[read more]

Answering Helen Caldicott

May 2, 2011 by a b
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Cherry picking is for farmers In the OP ED pages of the New York Times, Helen Caldicott, a long-time anti-nuclear campaigner, writes “Unsafe at Any Dose” that physicists are ignoring health effects from ingested or inhaled radioactive materials. She goes on to say that only doctors, like her, are qualified to measure and assess the...[read more]

The Truth About Benefits & Risks of the Smart Grid

February 4, 2011 by Osha Davidson
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Public doubts about smart meters — the basic components of a smart grid — are in the news once again. The New York Times just ran a piece about the “Stop Smart Meters” movement in the San Francisco Bay area. Health and privacy are key concerns there. On the health side of the equation, some people worry about possible negative effects...[read more]

Talking about a sputnik moment is a mistake

February 1, 2011 by a b
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The reason is you are not looking at the right country when it comes to progress with nuclear reactor technology. The New York Times reported Feb 1 that during the great recession of 2008 the nuclear renaissance in the U.S. went into hibernation. It looks like it is going to stay there for a long time.  The reason is that Congress...[read more]

It's About Time for a New Conversation About Energy Innovation

December 16, 2010 by Scott Edward Anderson

There's a new conversation happening around energy and it's about time. Readers of The Green Skeptic know I am very interested in the question of how we can use good, old-fashioned American ingenuity to build an economy based on energy innovation, efficiency and manufacturing -- a new green economy. Yesterday, a group of leading...[read more]

Buffet’s $50 million launches IAEA fuel bank

December 5, 2010 by a b

It will help nations peacefully develop nuclear energy The New York Times reports that a $50 million privately funded initiative by philanthropist Warren E. Buffett (right) has added enough funding for an international nuclear fuel bank to start operations. The fuel bank will be administered by the International Atomic Energy Agency (...[read more]

And so the word “sustainable” dies - Killed by the NY Times magazine.

November 30, 2010 by Joseph Romm

The larger idea is to build a more sustainable economy, or what Chinese leaders have called a balanced and harmonious society. In that economy, families would not have to save 20 percent of their income in order to pay for schooling and medical care, as many do now. They would instead be able to afford more of the comforts of...[read more]

Two proposals and a reality check

November 29, 2010 by Gernot Wagner

Yesterday's New York Times published three terrific op-eds worth a second thought. Veerabhadran Ramanathan and David Victor argue that, "To Fight Climate Change, Clear the Air." Carbon is the main climate culprit, but we can't ignore and might as well start with tackling the other greenhouse gas pollutants. Bruce Usher argues that, "On...[read more]

Coastal studies experts: “For coastal management purposes, a [sea level] rise of 7 feet (2 meters) should be utilized for planning major infrastructure”

November 14, 2010 by Joseph Romm
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The New York Times has a splashy front-page story on some of the latest research on sea level rise today.  The graphics above make clear the paper gets a big part of the story right — the latest science says we are facing 3 to 6 feet of sea level rise this century. Kudos to the NYT for featuring such an important story.  Given...[read more]

A Lesson from the Rare Earth Metals Embargo

November 1, 2010 by Daniel Goldfarb

By Daniel Goldfarb.  In the aftermath of China’s rare earth metals embargo to Japan, Europe and America, it is time to re-think how we get these crucial materials, reports the NY Times in a piece titled, “After China’s Rare Earth Embargo, a New Calculus.”  Currently, 95% of the world’s rare earth metal mining occurs in China....[read more]