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Starved for Power, New Indian Government Translates "Chicken in Every Pot" Into “Solar on Every Roof”

Energy poverty is one of the world’s greatest challenges. There are billions of people without access to reliable and reasonably priced electricity. In India, alone, there are some 400 million people in energy poverty. The new Indian government has...

Posted May 24, 2014    

Whiplashed by Weather?

Drastic shifts in weather (from beautiful sunny skies to dark menacing ones, from t-shirt frisbee temperatures to parka-wearing cold, from …) are natural. Humanity, however, has been putting its thumb on the scales of what is “natural”. As Bill...

Posted April 19, 2014    

Energy COOL: Turning Gurgling into Clean Electricity

 Since diving into the deep end when it comes to energy issues, almost every day sees new fascinating concepts, approaches, and technologies. Fascinating, exciting, even inspiring hope at times. And, as well, as the passion builds, so many of...

Posted September 13, 2013    

Can the Institute for Energy Research Read English?

 An MIT economist publishes a paper explaining that key economic modeling of climate change is wrong primarily because the models do not account for the risk of catastrophic climate chaos, but essentially have linear analysis that fosters a...

Posted August 16, 2013    

Solar Energy: Putting Money Where Your Mouth Is

At the Georgetown University climate speech, President Obama gave a tip-of-the-hat to the fossil fuel “disinvestment” campaign by commenting “invest, divest”."Convince those in power to reduce our carbon pollution. (Applause.) Push your own...

Posted July 8, 2013    

US Pacific Commander: Climate Change is the Top Threat

According to the Commander of U.S. Forces Pacific (PACCOM),significant upheaval related to the warming planet “is probably the most likely thing that is going to happen . . . that will cripple the security environment, probably more likely...

Posted March 11, 2013    

The Elementary Arithmetic of Climate Change

New York Times columnist Joe Nocera has put up How Not to Fix Climate Change. In private correspondence, in bringing this to my attention, one person commented that reading this “lowered my IQ by 20 points,” another “elementary arithmetic seems...

Posted February 20, 2013    

GAO to Congress: Climate Change a Top Risk

As part of its responsibilities to support more informed Congressional decision making and inform members of Congress about key issues, since 1990 the Government Accounting Office (GAO) has provided a list of key high-risk areas.identified as high...

Posted February 16, 2013    

Why Keystone XL is Not in the U.S. National Interest

Secretary of State John Kerry’s first major international meeting came with Canadian foreign minister John Baird. At the press conference, Secretary Kerry faced (and essentially shunted aside) questions about Keystone XL.  A Climate Hawk as U.S...

Posted February 11, 2013    

Thinking Holistically about Energy

Our challenges, opportunities, and solution paths are complex and interrelated. Yet, all too often, we see them individually, not linked and interacting.Fishgrease has an interesting discussion: Give Up Something You Love Or Go To Hell. In...

Posted January 27, 2013    

US East Coast Hit By Historic Sea Level Rise

Hurricane Sandy and a series of noreasters have combined with an apparently unprecedented one year jump in sea level to cause a wave of destruction on the U.S. east coast. The one year change of the average sea level of the North Atlantic ocean from...

Posted November 30, 2012    

Ideas for Clean Energy Job Creation

Today,  Steve Lacey at the Center for American Progress published 20 Ideas for Job Creation: Keep Focused on Clean Energy. To build on the many good (or even excellent) ideas in that list (repeated below the fold), here are ideas 21-30 of...

Posted January 6, 2012