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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    

The Fuel on the Hill — The Corn Supremacy

I have an article in Salon on the insanity that is America’s ethanol policy. The new energy bill sets this country on a path to finish the assault on the world food supply begun by the (even lamer) 2005 energy bill. As I explain, our ethanol...

Posted December 20, 2007    

Yes, EV batteries are durable!

Menahem Anderman, PhD, is Mister Battery Consultant. The California Air Resources Board, DOE, and Congress all seem to turn to him to analyze the state of battery technology. His reports always suggest batteries won’t quite cut it for freeway-...

Posted December 19, 2007    

BP proves Beyond Petroleum was greenwashing, joins “biggest global warming crime ever seen”

The tar sands are rightly called one of the world’s greatest environmental crimes, as I’ve written. No company that invests in the Canadian tar sands can legitimately call itself green. Yet BP, the oil company that lavished millions on advertising...

Posted December 18, 2007    

Judge Rejects Detroit’s Clean Car Act Attack

In a ruling last Wednesday–potentially as significant as the CAFE standards of the energy bill–United States District Judge Anthony W. Ishii rejected a lawsuit challenging California’s 2002 Clean Car Act (AB1493), which calls for vehicles to produce...

Posted December 17, 2007    

Bush team, humiliated by Papua New Guinea (!), blinks in Bali, sort of

London – At least that’s how they’re covering it outside the United States. Similar to how it was reported on British TV last night, The Toronto Star, in an article titled “U.S. backs down after needling” reports the game-changer at the UN climate...

Posted December 16, 2007    

Japan harnesses new form of bio-energy: electric eels!

The shocking feel-good environmental story of the season–a Japanese inventor has figured out how to light an aquarium’s Christmas tree using an electric eel : Two aluminum panels inside the eel’s tank work as electrodes to catch its power. Cables...

Posted December 14, 2007    

UN Creating Small Adaptation Fund by Going Carbon Neutral

The IPCC has warned us that developing nations are poised to bear the most dramatic effects of global warming, and so far we (the world) have done practically nothing to counter or prevent that fact. But the UN is trying. This week in Bali the UN...

Posted December 14, 2007    

EU to Bush: No Road Map, No Summit

What good is a road map when your navigator isn’t paying attention? There is one day, Friday, left in the climate negotiations in Bali (because of the time difference, attendees are already sleeping off Thursday). The EU is calling for language that...

Posted December 13, 2007    

California looks for yet more clean energy

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has released its biennial integrated energy policy report. The 301-page report looks at various issues confronting California and makes recommendations on how to address them. The issues include: Rising...

Posted December 13, 2007