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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    

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