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Considering Institutional Authorities and Climate Change

Recently, I realized that one of the reasons why it is so interesting to focus on energy and climate change issues is the incredibly complexity of issues, interconnections, and feedback patterns/cycles in these interactions. If one is serious in...

Posted February 9, 2010    

“How long should America put its future on hold?”

From the State of the Union speech, two questions we should ask: How long should we wait? How long should America put its future on hold? The President is challenging Congress to act how Americans expect, that they act to create a structure for...

Posted January 27, 2010    

“Me too! Me too! ME TOO!” Climate problem, climate solution

1 minute to save the world is a short film competition about climate change that has aimed to create a platform for people all over the world, particularly young people, to get their messages out about climate change and to put those messages...

Posted November 18, 2009    

Kolbert turns her pen to some Super Freaky Economics

Elizabeth Kolbert is one of the most beautiful and, often, thoughtful reporters on energy and environmental issues. In the latest New Yorker, she turned a quite critical pen to the Super Freaky Economists with her review of SuperFreakonomics....

Posted November 13, 2009    

Inhofe and Republicans are Right: Analysis of Climate Bills is Flawed

As part of the Republican theatrical obstructionism to moving forward with the Kerry-Boxer Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, involving staging a boycott of Committee hearings despite Senator Boxer appealing for bipartisan efforts to find...

Posted November 3, 2009    

Valuing demand destruction … critical to understanding value of clean energy action

There are many things being lost in the discussion of the cost-benefit equation when it comes to mitigating global warming. When doing cost-benefit analyses, organizations like the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Environmental Protection...

Posted October 28, 2009    

Myth of Cooling Globe shattered by AP-sponsored ‘blind’ test

Just over the weekend, my inbox was filled with a discussion attacking climate science with assertions that “none of the models predicted the current cooling period” and, therefore, the entire concept of Global Warming rests on very shaky grounds....

Posted October 26, 2009    

EPA fails to think in four quadrants: Valuing Climate Legislation

Much noise is made over varying calculations associated with climate legislation. There is the disinformation fed from fossil foolish interests misrepresenting the situation. And, there are official studies from government institutions like the...

Posted October 25, 2009    

Calls on Toyota to leave the Chamber

Pressure is mounting, from many sides, on the US Chamber of Commerce, which has been actively fighting moving forward with sensible climate legislation. The Chamber’s position is so severe that, in fact, multiple businesses (such as PG&E) have...

Posted October 18, 2009    

Setting a leadership path: Obama Executive Order on Federal Energy

Somewhat hidden to most Americans (on purpose), the Bush Administration’s Executive Order 13423 was perhaps the best energy-related action taken by George W Bush. It set meaningful energy efficiency targets and created paths for more effective...

Posted October 5, 2009    

ACCCE Leader Pleas for Carbon Price

Yesterday, during a panel on Assuring Access to Clean and Competitive Energy in the Council on Competitiveness‘ National Energy Summit, Arch Coal President and ACCCE Vice President Steven Leer made a strong appeal for government policy to put a...

Posted September 24, 2009    

Subsidizing filth to employ foreigners rather than cleanliness to employ Americans

That title provides a reasonable summation of Estimating U.S. Government Subsidies to Energy Sources: 2002-2008, a report released today by the Environmental Law Institute and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars looking at U.S....

Posted September 18, 2009