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Papua New Guinea loses the moral high-ground

Everyone at Bali cheered when the Papua New Guinea delegate dissed the Bush team: “We seek your leadership. But if for some reason you are not willing to lead, leave it to the rest of us. Please get out of the way.” Oh, snap! [Sorry, couldn’t...

Posted December 28, 2007    

China to develop clean energy, but keep burning coal

Okay, reports that China might be ready to freeze greenhouse gas emissions were very premature. The government just released a 44-page report on energy resources. The bottom line: China promised Wednesday to develop renewable energy for its fast-...

Posted December 27, 2007    

Switch to Corn Promotes Amazon Deforestation

Corn ethanol has many flaws and is, at best, not a substantial climate solution, as we’ve seen. Now Science magazine has published a letter from William F. Laurance of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute casting yet more doubt on our corn...

Posted December 27, 2007    

The Best of Climate Progress — Spring 2007

As with The Best of Climate Progress — Winter 2007, I’m hoping to save new readers time by culling the archives myself. It’s my version of a clip show: One more Hansen (et al.) must read — What is “dangerous” human interference with climate? The...

Posted December 26, 2007    

VC Khosla blows his credibility dissing plug-ins

He may be a “venture-capital star” who is now putting a lot of money into biofuels — but he is no clean tech expert, as he proved during a keynote address at ThinkEquity Partners’ ThinkGreen conference in San Francisco. In remarks that should worry...

Posted December 26, 2007    

How’s the campaign coverage on global warming? Don’t ask!

Here’s a test. Think back to the Sunday political talk shows and the major presidential debates of the past year. Now, think about the questions the candidates were asked by Tim Russert, Chris Wallace, Wolf Blitzer, George Stephanapoulos and Bob...

Posted December 24, 2007    

“Stop using so much oil.”

A great little story today in Tom Rick’s Inbox, from the Washington Post’s military correspondent: As most Americans prepare to celebrate the holidays, others are marching off to war. One of the unusual aspects of the Iraq conflict is that the same...

Posted December 23, 2007    

Yielding the Moral High Ground — Part II

In Part I, we saw how conservatives were turning their backs on the moral issue of our time–global warming. Here we’ll examine the many reasons conservatives should share ownership of this issue. Global warming and its solutions involve issues that...

Posted December 23, 2007    

Yielding the Moral High Ground — Part I

In recent years, conservatives have mastered the art of hijacking morality. They have positioned themselves as the champions of family values, faith and good old-fashioned patriotism. But on what some regard as the moral issue of our time, the party...

Posted December 22, 2007    

Inhofe recycles unscientific attacks on global warming, NYT’s Revkin gives him a pass

So Sen. James “global warming is a hoax” Inhofe (R-OK) issues a report in which he claims: Over 400 prominent scientists from more than two dozen countries recently voiced significant objections to major aspects of the so-called “consensus” on man-...

Posted December 21, 2007    

LED Christmas lighting is cool — literally.

I hope you’ve all bought LED lighting for your trees — they are much more efficient and safer, too, because they generate less heat! We have, and so has the White House and Rockefeller Center (see below). Here is an Electric Power Research...

Posted December 21, 2007    

Disentangling the confusion of Bali

Tom Friedman is very confused about exactly what happened at Bali and why. So are M.I.T. science journalist fellows. So what are your chances of figuring it out? Well, they are a lot better if you read this excellent Bali debriefing by my friend...

Posted December 20, 2007