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Gas: the bridge to nowhere?

I corresponded with Dr. Robert Howarth since I posted an article about his research into the climate impact of gas here last week.  Howarth is the scientist who is saying gas has a greater climate impact than coal.   Howarth emailed...

Posted November 29, 2010    

Indian Point. A slightly differerent view.

 "Terrorists are not going to be able to harm the reactor by crashing an airplane into it".   This is what Dan Yurman and Gwyneth Cravens, in "Andrew Cuomo needs to take a second look at Indian Point", an op-ed published in the New...

Posted November 24, 2010    

Natural Gas. Green? Perhaps NOT.

“Using the best available science, we conclude that natural gas is no better than coal and may in fact be worse than coal in terms of its greenhouse gas footprint when evaluated over the time course of the next several decades.”  This is the...

Posted November 20, 2010    

Oil industry insider exposé: what it took to wake some of them up on climate.

I’ve just read Challenged by Carbon: The Oil Industry and Climate Change, which was written by Dr. Bryan Lovell, a former senior executive at British Petroleum. Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, a former CEO of Royal Dutch/Shell, appears on the first page in a...

Posted November 19, 2010    

Stewart Brand: Fearless Follower of Lovelock, not science

Stewart Brand has written an online Afterword intended to update his 2009 book Whole Earth Discipline.  In it, Brand tells us that the scientist he trusts most about climate, James Lovelock, has “softened his sense of alarm about the pace of...

Posted November 14, 2010    

Nuke prospects dim as Gas glows

One way to look at the prospects for US new nukes is to consider this analysis of the potential effect of shale gas. According to the EIA, in the US, natural gas power plants (excluding gas-fired peaking plants) and coal fired power plants have...

Posted September 2, 2010    

Just Say NO to Smart Meters?

 There are homeless people in California who blame their freshly installed PGE smart meter for forcing them to live out on the streets. These people are said to have little hope left, unless Californians save them by making PGE remove the...

Posted September 1, 2010    

Bill Gates: too dangerous to hear?

Bill Gates is in the news right now, because of an interview he granted to MIT’s Technology Review.In his TED speech this year, and in this latest interview, Gates calls for increased federal government energy R&D spending.  Everyone seems...

Posted August 29, 2010    

Science Mag Special Section: Bleak future without nukes and CCS

      In its "Special Section:  Scaling Up Alternative Energy" Science says it will explore "worldwide efforts to develop clean, renewable alternatives" to fossil fuels.  The assumption throughout the...

Posted August 20, 2010    

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS): The Rodney Dangerfield of mitigation technologies?

     The report of the U.S. Carbon Capture and Storage Interagency Task Force  was released August 12.  This Task Force, jointly chaired by the DOE and EPA and involving a multitude of agencies was set up by order of...

Posted August 14, 2010    

Are greens responsible for killing the climate bill?

Why did climate activists say no to nuclear power when the Democratic Party was at the peak of its power, during the period when Waxman-Markey was hammered out?  Will historians conclude that if the green lobby had said yes soon enough, before...

Posted August 2, 2010