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Coal Black is the New Black

Subtitle: A World Stopping Trend The ZC is bi-cameral and, as Professor Joe reminds us, the Senate was already was brain-dead before the November election. And, this mostly brain-dead Senate is from whence came our current President. Thus, while...

Posted December 11, 2010    

COP-out 16

Germanwatch and Climate Action Network Europe have developed the CCPI (Climate Change Performance Index (PDF)). More than 190 experts analyze national policies and then rank the countries. There has been little progress in the negotiations as...

Posted December 9, 2010    

2010 to have Highest CO2 Emissions Since Tracking Started

In 2006 coal ranked second to petroleum, accounting for 27.4 percent of world primary energy production. “World coal production totaled 6.8 billion short tons, or 128 quadrillion Btu in 2006,” notes (XLS) the EIA (Energy Information Agency). World...

Posted November 26, 2010    

Back to the Ozone Treaty

Energy legislation shelved… little hope that the United States will join the world in establishing a new global climate change agreement… climate scientists forming their wagons in a circle… you may wonder whether there is any hope? Short answer:...

Posted November 10, 2010    

Halliburton Uncooperative on Fracking Fluid Disclosure

The Environmental Protection Agency had to subpoena Halliburton for information on the chemicals it uses for hydraulic fracturing. Hydraulic fracturing of the shale beds underground is high-pressure injection of water, sand and chemicals deep....

Posted November 10, 2010    

Science and Human Value

Writing for the Guardian, Donald Brown notes that how to respond to climate change is “an ethical issue, not only a scientific matter, because the consequences of delay could be so severe and the poorest people in the world as some of the most...

Posted November 6, 2010    

Google and the Mid-Atlantic Bight

The Internet is abuzz with the news that Google is investing in a 350-mile, $5 Billion, Wind Power ‘Backbone’. Brooklyn Treehugger Brian Merchant reports that Google is taking 37.5% of the equity in future offshore wind farms along the East Coast,...

Posted October 13, 2010    

Beacon Solar Energy Project

Todd Woody reports on licensing of the nation’s first large-scale solar thermal power plant in two decades. Licensing of the 250-megawatt Beacon Solar Energy Project comes after a two-and-a-half-year environmental review. The author is now hopeful...

Posted August 26, 2010    

New Jersey Offshore Wind

Offshore wind power is a sustainable source of energy. Friends and foes alike recognize that the relatively short time from blueprint to operation makes wind energy the next best hope for reducing carbon emissions in the near term. (Banana farmers...

Posted August 23, 2010    

More Heat Waves in Next 30 Years

This blog has cautioned readers before that land surface temperatures are on the rise and noted a disturbing trend: “When compared with the average surface moisture from 1950 to 2000, computer models projected about a 15% decline in surface moisture...

Posted July 17, 2010    

Renewed Call to end Oil Company Tax Breaks

We recently have seen a devastating example of how corporations, through their lobbyists and campaign contributions, end up controlling the government agencies ostensibly in place to regulate their activities. Well, speaking of Totalitarian, Long-...

Posted July 6, 2010    

Corn Oil Up

Before the 2008 presidential election, Gene Karpinski implored Congress to “1) boost production of clean energy, 2) end all tax breaks for oil companies, and 3) resist the false promise of drilling in environmentally sensitive areas.” “Some have...

Posted June 27, 2010