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Giuliani opposes Congressional fuel economy deal

In a revealing interview on Meet the Press today, GOP Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani said he does not support the mandated increase to 35-mpg that both the House and Senate — and I believe even the President — support. What is his alternative...

Posted December 9, 2007    

EVS23: It’s the Plug, Stupid!

John Voelker has blogged from EVS23 for IEEE’s Spectrum, and he ain’t writing about fuel cell vehicles. Except to point out that Honda’s FCV rep actually got hissed as he dissed lithium batteries. The same lithium batteries...

Posted December 9, 2007    

EVS23: The times they are a changin’

IEEE Tech Talk’s John Voelker’s report is titled EVS-23: A Surge of Energy for Electric Cars. It is a first comment on the palpable difference being experienced at this year’s Electric Vehicle Symposium (EVS23), the electric drive industry trade...

Posted December 8, 2007    

Hybrid sales up 82% Nov 07 vs. Nov 06

Hybrid sales are taking off again as gasoline prices soar: Reported sales of hybrids in the US in November rose 82% year-on-year to reach 33,233 total units, representing 2.8% of all light-duty vehicles sold during the month. GM does not break out...

Posted December 7, 2007    

Thumbs up for Pelosi, Dingell, Nissan. Thumbs down for Toyota, GM, Ford, Washington Post

The Washington Post has an article today on the House fuel economy deal that is quite good in doling out cheers and jeers — good except for two sentences. Let’s start with the cheers. The article quotes NRDC rightly praising Pelosi for being...

Posted December 6, 2007    

Must Read Bali Climate Declaration by Scientists

For those who didn’t get the message from the dire November synthesis report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, more than 200 of the world’s leading climate scientists have today issued the following declaration: The 2007 IPCC report...

Posted December 6, 2007    

How is cap & trade like musical chairs?

Are you confused by the issues surrounding carbon dioxide cap & trade systems? Of course not — but you probably know someone who is. If so, my friend Holmes Hummel, a Stanford Ph.D. and legislative fellow for Congressman Inslee (D-WA) has...

Posted December 5, 2007    

WSJ launches Luddite attack on climate scientists and Al Gore

The bar for Wall Street Journal editorials, in the journalistic equivalent of limbo dancing, keeps dropping. In a piece titled, “The Science of Gore’s Nobel” (subs. req’d), Holman W. Jenkins Jr. of the WSJ ed board, manages to slander the media, Al...

Posted December 5, 2007    

Watch the Senate Heat Up — Live

This morning the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee began its mark-up of Lieberman-Warner’s global warming bill - “America’s Climate Security Act.” You can watch the live webcast here, just look for the red “Live Hearing” button. I’m...

Posted December 5, 2007    

Another big climate bet — Of Ice and Men

Good news: I got three guys to put up a total of $1000 against the bet in my recent post, “Ice Ice Maybe (not)”: It is very safe to say the Arctic Sea will be essentially ice free by 2030, and I’d personally bet on 2020 — any takers? Not so good...

Posted December 4, 2007    

Breaking News: 300 Ideas in 100 Days

Climate Progress is getting a 12-hour jump on the release of the new plan from the Presidential Climate Action Project (which should be available in full here Tuesday). How ambitious should the next President be in tackling global warming? A...

Posted December 3, 2007    

Bush really, really dislikes renewable power …

… and he’s not that thrilled with efficient use of electricity, either. Pretty irrational, considering that he does embrace both renewable fuels and efficiency in vehicles. The White House is prepared to veto the entire energy bill if it includes...

Posted December 3, 2007