Sorry Environmentalists, Shell's Arctic Decision is All About the Money

September 30, 2015 by Cutler Cleveland

Shell and Arctic Drilling

Environmentalists can hardly contain themselves with news that Royal Dutch Shell abandoned oil exploration in the Alaskan Arctic for “the foreseeable future.” To be sure, the oil companies are under tremendous pressure to keep carbon “in the ground.” But that is not what triggered Shell’s decision.[read more]

Throwing the Carbon Capture Baby Out with the Coal Bath Water

April 23, 2015 by Noah Deich

Coal, Carbon Capture, and Changing Fuel Sources

The environmental advocacy group Greenpeace recently released a report lambasting carbon capture and storage as “a false climate solution.” The Greenpeace analysis, however, made a number of assumptions that, when analyzed with greater scrutiny, turn out to be deceptively misleading.[read more]

Grid Governance: Are Solar Microgrids a Step on the Ladder Towards Grid Access?

December 18, 2014 by Alex Trembath

Microgrids and Electricity Access

In July, Greenpeace installed a solar/battery microgrid in the village of Dharnai in eastern India. The 100-kilowatt system was designed to provide power for the village’s residents, businesses, and schools. A few months later, the government utility extended the national grid and made the solar microgrid obsolete.[read more]

Greenpeace v. Canada: Symbolic Blow to the Nuclear Industry, Game-Changer for Everyone Else?

June 18, 2014 by

In a rather lengthy (431 paragraphs) decision, the Federal Court of Canada agreed with Greenpeace and other environmental groups that portions of the Joint Review Panel report for the Darlington New Nuclear project proposed by Ontario Power Generation were inadequate.[read more]

Nuclear Energy and My Greenpeace Conundrum

June 4, 2013 by Marc Gunther


I hope Greenpeace and the Sierra Club will rethink their opposition to nuclear power. We don't need an all-of-the-above energy strategy, but we do need an all-of-the-above low carbon energy strategy.[read more]

Solar Combined With Wind Power: A Way To Get Rid of Fossil Fuels?

November 30, 2011 by Barry Brook

Earlier, I wrote on how crucially an unreliable sources of power such as wind depend on fossil fuels. Based on real world production data from around the world, I noted that even with massively distributed production wind power is very variable and necessitates a reliable backup power source (typically from fossil fuels) which must be able to produce essentially all the power society consumes. A way around this problem would be a massive energy storage, but I found the size of the required storage to be unreasonably large.[read more]

No Coal, No Oil, No Nuclear. No Biomass?

November 9, 2011 by Tomaz Ostir

This is [large-scale, industrial use of natural forests for energy] turning to ash sustainable job opportunities, threatening the greening of the forest sector and the value added product trend that has been emerging in recent years. And what is against of common understanding of biomass: Exploiting forests for energy increases carbon...[read more]

15,000 Terabecquerels And Counting

September 14, 2011 by Jonathan Smith

Image via Wikipedia Greenpeace provided an update for August 26th-29th on the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis and this blog extracted the section of the report on contamination (including human exposure). Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) said that the amount of radioactive cesium-137 released into the air as a result of the...[read more]

When Changing A Lightbulb Isn’t Enough…

September 1, 2011 by Marc Gunther

   What have you done lately about climate change? In the last two weeks, about 700 Americans – with more to come – have been arrested in front of the White House, calling on President Obama to block the construction of the $7 billion, 1700-mile Keystone pipeline project that will bring Canadian tar sands oil to largest...[read more]


Was The IPCC Renewables Report Hijacked By Its Press Release?

August 30, 2011 by David Lewis

Remember when the news was that the IPCC had announced that renewables could power the world by 2050?  There has been a bizzaro controversy over this.  Prominent voices from across the spectrum of opinion on climate science weighed in on the same side.   A world class odd couple, Steve McIntyre and Mark Lynas, agreed...[read more]

A Critique of the 2011 IPCC Report on Renewable Energy

August 9, 2011 by Barry Brook

Below is a critical discussion of the recent IPCC Working Group 3 Report on Renewable Energy. It is being referred to as a report from many experts showing that the world can be running mostly on renewable by 2050. However I think it is a remarkably unsatisfactory document. Following are some of the main points I detail.[read more]

Heat, Public Health, And Air Conditioning

July 19, 2011 by Charles Barton

In the face of spreading heat waves, more and more people will need air conditioning, not as a matter of comfort, but for health related reasons. Efficiency will not supply the electricity for an air conditioned world.[read more]

Challenging New York Academy of Sciences to Repudiate “Chernobyl Consequences”

April 27, 2011 by Rod Adams

On the 25th anniversary of the explosion that destroyed unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power station, Ralph Nader published a commentary in which he strongly supported the book titled Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment. As part of his opinion piece, he made the following statement: “Dr. Yablokov,...[read more]

Greenpeace: Follow Buffet's pro-coal energy investments

March 1, 2011 by Rod Adams

Jim Riccio, a longtime professional Greenpeace activist, has posted a blog on Greenpeace International titled Obama, the Oracle of Omaha & Nuclear Power in which he strongly recommends that President Obama follow the energy investment lead provided by Warren Buffett. Here is a quote. Time and again, Buffett's corporation MidAmerican...[read more]

BP Signs Offshore Oil Drilling Deal in World's Environmental Bastion, the Arctic Ocean

January 19, 2011 by Nathanael Baker

With the recent announcement of its intentions to set up exploratory offshore oil drilling operations in the Arctic, BP (NYSE: BP) is set to embark into uncharted and hostile waters. The British media outlet, The Independent reports that last Friday BP signed a contract with Russia state-owned oil company Rosneft to explore...[read more]