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The Left-Right Climate Trap

Out of Australia, a solid and succinct evaluation of the political difficulties of climate action:People on the left instinctively believe in communal action, the role of government and the efficacy of international agencies such as the UN. They...

Posted June 9, 2011    

What Are We Missing? Day Three at WindPower 2011

 WindPower 2011 is finishing up today in Anaheim, but I had to cut loose early and get back to the Bay Area. My coverage of Sunday and Monday are available here at The Energy Collective. After being only slightly...

Posted May 26, 2011    

Jobs and Manufacturing: Day One at WindPower 2011

I'm in Anaheim, California this week covering the 11th annual WindPower conference, hosted yearly by the America Wind Energy Association (AWEA). WindPower 2011 lasts from May 22 to May 25, and I am coming off a long and didactic Day One....

Posted May 25, 2011    

Why We're Here: Day Two at AWEA Wind Power 2011

Picking up from where we left off yesterday, WindPower 2011 revved into gear early this morning in Anaheim, California. Kicking off the official start of this week's conference, the CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA),...

Posted May 25, 2011    

Notes From Bill Joy's Decarbonization Lecture

I recently had the pleasure of attending* a special reception and Regents Lecture by Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, founding partner at venture firm KPCB, and Berkeley alum. At Kleiner Perkins, Joy is in charge of greentech investment,...

Posted May 6, 2011    

Counterpoint to Heritage on DOE Cuts

Last week, I reported briefly on a policy report released recently by the Heritage Foundation calling for what I believe to be drastic and dangerous cuts to the Department of Energy. Today, my colleagues and I produced an expanded and thorough...

Posted April 27, 2011    

The more things change...

...the more they stay the same. In the year since I started this blog, we've witnessed many substantial changes, events, and progressions on the energy/climate frontier. And yet, on the whole, it seems American policy hasn't evolved much at all....

Posted April 21, 2011    

Irrational Cuts Proposed To DOE

The Heritage Foundation just released a report providing opportunity and rationalization for $6 billion in cuts to the Department of Energy (H/T Teryn Norris). Here's the abstract of the report, titled "Department of Energy Spending Cuts: A Guide to...

Posted April 20, 2011    

Energetics: Year Two

I started this blog about one year ago (actually, Energetics had its inaugural post on March 22, 2010). Since then, I've posted 116 entries, averaging somewhere between 5-15 per month (with the exception of April 2010, which had 47 separate posts, a...

Posted April 9, 2011    

Polarizing Environmentalism

Observation via Robert Cruickshank at the California High-Speed Rail Blog:There are two kinds of environmentalism out there. The older kind is a 20th century environmentalism that believes the automobile society is perfectly fine – the problem is...

Posted April 4, 2011    

All (Climate) Politics Are Local

Roger Pielke Jr. has an interesting take on a point I've made many times at Energetics: that the justification for decarbonization is not advanced by more accurate or voluminous climate science, but by a campaign based on transitioning to a cleaner...

Posted April 1, 2011    

Energy News Cliff Notes

Amid a still-ongoing nuclear accident and buoyant oil prices, The Hill reports that President Obama will "outline a plan for America's energy future" tomorrow (Wednesday). The focus is expected to be on transportation and clean vehicles. Gov. Tim...

Posted March 29, 2011