There's Plenty of Blame for Flint, Michigan's Water Crisis

January 22, 2016 by Steven Cohen

Whenever I hear that environmental protection is a partisan issue, I'm reminded of New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia's famous statement that there is no Democratic or Republican way to pick up the garbage. The provision of clean air, safe drinking water, solid waste management and flood control are all basic public services that people who pay taxes expect to receive. Too bad the folks running Flint, Michigan, and the state of Michigan didn't get that memo. It's also too bad that the federal Environmental Protection Agency sat on the sidelines and allowed Michigan to damage Flint's water supply.[read more]


When Politics Constraints Carbon Pricing, Part 3: Why Carbon Revenues are Just as Important as "Putting a Price on Carbon"

July 29, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Carbon Revenues and Carbon Pricing

How carbon revenues are used can impact both the political support for the carbon price itself and dramatically increase the amount of emissions abatement achievable at a given carbon price. It can also improve the overall economic performance of a politically constrained carbon pricing instrument.[read more]


Why Liberals Shouldn't Be Afraid of Big Money

Climate Change Politics

Liberals everywhere: It is time for a different kind of climate legislation. For the US energy economy to power itself, it must develop new relationships with Wall Street. There are good reasons why anyone interested in avoiding climate disaster needs to be open to this idea.[read more]

Cheaper Oil: Chaos or Prosperity?

July 27, 2013 by Gal Sitty

Results of Cheap Oil?

Oil permeates all sectors of our economy, national security, international relations and so much more. A major shock to oil prices, up or down, would have many effects. However, if oil prices dropped, the positives would outweigh the negatives on a global scale.[read more]

Why a Carbon Tax Isn’t In Obama’s Climate Change Plan

June 28, 2013 by Evan Juska

Carbon Tax Politics

President Obama outlined his plan to address climate change. It includes a range of executive actions and regulations that will reduce the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions. But one thing it does not include is a carbon tax.[read more]

UK Energy Secretary on Climate Change Deniers: "Dogmatic and Blinkered"

February 19, 2013 by Joseph Romm

At a UK Royal Society symposium last week, Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change, was as blunt on the reality of climate science as he was critical of those who deny it.[read more]

Ben Franklin – America’s First Proponent of Energy Efficiency

January 16, 2012 by Christine Hertzog

Ben Franklin, the first American genius, achieved fame and notoriety for his electricity research, which included that famous kite-flying experiment.  But did you know that he first described the concept of treating energy efficiency as an energy resource?  He memorably stated “A penny saved is a penny earned,” back in the...[read more]

Why Some Republicans are Delusional About Oil & Energy Policy

December 12, 2011 by Robert Rapier

Two Sides of a Coin In a recent video blog about energy politics, I stated that in my opinion each of the major political parties in the U.S. only gets half of the energy picture. Democrats tend to demonize oil usage, with many believing that we can shift to renewables for our energy needs. To be clear, we can — but not in the way they...[read more]

Solyndra - Let's Keep It Real Folks

September 15, 2011 by Arno Harris

Election year politics ensure that Solyndra is going to get at least a full news cycle's worth of attention. Here are some interesting facts to consider as the Solyndra kerfluffle builds steam: Solyndra was a very small piece of the policy picture - Solyndra's $535M loan is just 1.2% of the total $38.6B loan guarantees issued by DOE. (...[read more]

When Falling Oil Prices are Bad News

August 8, 2011 by Robert Rapier

Normally, consumers consider falling oil and gasoline prices to be good news. They have to pay less to fill up their tanks. And if the reason for that is that oil supplies are increasing at a rate faster than demand is increasing, it can indeed be a good situation for consumers, and good for the economy.[read more]

When Politicians Put Experts Between a Rock and a Hard Place

July 21, 2011 by Breakthrough Institute

Cross-posted from Roger Pielke Jr.'s Blog I have been following closely, but not writing much on, the debate in Australia over Julia Gillard's proposed carbon tax.  How it plays out will be fascinating to watch and will provide as much a lesson in Australian politics as anything to do with climate policy. This report from The...[read more]

American Tipping Points

May 5, 2011 by Lou Grinzo

Once again, we have a bulletin from The Dept. of the Blindingly Obvious: The U.S. probably won’t take significant steps to curb climate change until an environmental disaster sways public view and prompts political action, Robert Stavins of Harvard University said. “It’s unlikely that the U.S. is going to take serious action on climate...[read more]

Ryan's Budget Proposes Cuts to Energy Innovation Investments

April 10, 2011 by Breakthrough Institute

Last Tuesday, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released his fiscal year 2012 budget proposal, a plan that would strip federal funding for energy innovation. If enacted, the budget would seriously threaten the country's clean energy competitiveness and damage innovation, the engine of economic growth. The following is excerpted...[read more]

The Stupidity Feedback Loop

April 6, 2011 by Lou Grinzo

From the very first days of this site, eight years ago, I’ve been focused on the goal of “educating and activating the mainstream public”. My effort was initially concerned almost entirely with peak oil, as I came into this room via the “energy” door, not the “environment” door, but I’ve long ago learned enough to conclude that while...[read more]

Libya, Egypt, energy and the environment…

March 8, 2011 by Marc Gunther

 What will the civil war in Libya, revolution in Egypt and political turmoil elsewhere in the Middle East and North Africa mean for the U.S. economy, energy prices and the environment? If you’d like to hear the insights of a couple of smart energy experts, join me on Wednesday at 2 p.m. ET for a free webinar organized by The Energy...[read more]