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Hillary Clinton Is Right on Climate Change and the New York Times Is Wrong

August 4, 2015 by Steven Cohen

Last week, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton detailed her positions on energy and climate change, setting the goal of generating 33 percent of America's electricity from renewable sources by 2027. While I believe we can do better than that, her goal would create momentum.[read more]

A Carbon Tax is Not Feasible or Practical

June 10, 2015 by Steven Cohen

In a recent editorial, the New York Times once again advocated the adoption of a carbon tax. While the theory of a carbon tax makes perfect sense, its lack of practicality makes it the unicorn of energy politics. It is an imaginary creature of elegance and beauty that has little chance of walking the earth.[read more]

Divestment Outperforms Conventional Portfolios for Past 5 Years

February 21, 2015 by Peter Lehner

Divestment and Benefits

The Independent Petroleum Association of America recently commissioned and funded a study, covered in the New York Times and elsewhere, which claimed that university endowments would suffer without fossil fuels in their portfolios. Well, now we can look at the facts.[read more]

Are Rebound Effects a Problem for Energy Efficiency?

October 16, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Efficiency Rebound and Value

The New York Times got the headline wrong in "The Problem With Energy Efficiency." Rebound effects are only 'problem' for energy efficiency if you believe efficiency’s unalloyed goal is to cut energy consumption. But that is hardly the case.[read more]


Can Mitigating Global Climate Change be a Free Lunch?

September 30, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Krugman and Climate Change Mitigation Costs

Paul Krugman launched the latest salvo in the battle over the economics of climate change when he recently announced: “Saving the planet would be cheap; it might even be free.” But he ignores critical nuances on policy and technology that lead him to the wrong conclusion that climate mitigation is a free lunch.[read more]

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

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 9, 2011 by Amelia Timbers

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

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 3, 2011 by Dan Yurman

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

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 2, 2011 by Dan Yurman

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]