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Of Climate Change and Invalidated Assumptions and Plain Old Obstinance

How people, whether individually or in groups of various sizes, respond to the most obvious threats of climate change — higher temperatures and humidity, floods and droughts, and perhaps most obviously, rising sea levels — is a topic as fascinating...

Posted June 27, 2014    

Science is Science, but Indifference Trumps All

I’m sure most people in this little virtual corner cafe are aware of the interview President Obama gave Thomas L. Friedman, published in the The New York Times, Obama on Obama on Climate. The juxtaposition of some of Obama’s comments with some just...

Posted June 13, 2014    

A Few Thoughts on the New EPA Rules

I’m already fielding e-mail from friends and people I know virtually about the EPA’s proposed CO2 reduction plan for electricity plants. While I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, mostly because it was released about a half hour ago, as I type...

Posted June 3, 2014    

Calculating the Emissions From All Those New Chinese Coal Plants

I mentioned in a prior post (2C in our rear-view mirror, geoengineering dead ahead) that the IEA had tweeted out an astonishing statistic, namely that from 2005 to 2012 China had added 150MW of new coal-fired electricity generation every day. I...

Posted April 27, 2014    

2C in our Rear-View Mirror, Geoengineering Dead Ahead

Brad Plumer, a writer I sincerely hope you follow on Twitter, has a new piece up about the infamous 2C “safe” limit of global warming. This is an absolute must read piece, and I hope everyone reading this site who hasn’t read it already does so.Brad...

Posted April 25, 2014    

A Year with a Leaf

At breakfast this morning, my wife reminded me that we picked up our Nissan Leaf exactly one year ago. Since I was looking for time to write a summary of our first year in EV-land, this looks like as good an excuse as any.The ultra-short answer: We...

Posted March 30, 2014    

Pondering Transportation Fuels

Thanks to the snow we gotrecently, I found myself walking past my Leaf in the garage to the snow blower, which I had to refill with gasoline before clearing out my driveway.While I was pouring about a quart of poisonous, smelly, highly processed,...

Posted March 23, 2014    

Stae of the Union: The Climate Impact Line

After listening to and reading excerpts from the State of the Union speech by President Obama[1], I was quite disappointed with the energy and climate aspects, to put it mildly. The pattern here of a president talking about the seriousness of the...

Posted January 31, 2014    

The Missing Urgency Over Climate Change

One of, if not the, bedrock issue(s) we face regarding climate change is urgency. Put simply, how bad is it, really?I have contended for a long time that when you take a broad and deep view of the situation, including (but not limited to):The very...

Posted January 22, 2014    

The Sociology of Climate Change

I recently read Kari Marie Norgaard’s, Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life, an excellent and somewhat unusual book that has instantly made its way onto the list of “must read” books that I send people when they ask for...

Posted January 13, 2014    

Hydrogen Vaporware VS the Big Battery Breakthrough

To no one’s surprise, there’s been some news lately about both a (potential) BBB (Big Battery Breakthrough) as well as RCH (Really Cheap Hydrogen).Starting with the BBB, we have Japan’s Sekisui Chemical develop Silicon based 600 km range battery:...

Posted December 13, 2013    

Can We Have Some EV Sanity?

Finally, at long last, there’s word that Nissan might give Leaf buyers an option about battery size.Long-time readers of this site know that I’ve been pushing for this for quite some time. Instead of trying to guess which one battery size will make...

Posted December 7, 2013