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Entries from January 2008

Boxer reacts to FoE’s left hook

January 31st, 2008 · 2 Comments

The situation is moving from sparring to some serious boxing when it comes to the Lieberman-Warner Climate (in)Security Act (CISA) .  Friends of the Earth (FoE) has launched an advertising campaign voicing reason re Lieberman-Warner, pointing out that the CiSA (the Coal-Subsidy Act) is not just inadequate, but also is far weaker than the energy and […]

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Tags: cap and trade · climate change · Congress · emissions · Energy · environmental · Global Warming · government energy policy · James Inhofe · lieberman-warner · politics

A taste of Green in Stimulus package?

January 30th, 2008 · Comments Off on A taste of Green in Stimulus package?

Word is that the Senate Finance Committee has $5 billion in Green-related elements in its draft $150 billion stimulus package. Not tremendous, but at least a taste of sanity.   

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Tags: renewable energy

Boxing our way to disaster?

January 30th, 2008 · Comments Off on Boxing our way to disaster?

Barbara Boxer is desperate for having Global Warming legislation under her belt.  Can there be a better explanation for her strong championing of the fatally-flawed Lieberman-Warner Climate (in) Security Act? (For a great discussion of CISA’s flaws, see this comment to a post by Environmental Defense at Grist defending CISA.)  A quick review: CISA would give 40% of pollution […]

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Tags: Global Warming · government energy policy · lieberman-warner · politics · pollution

Voicing Reason on the Lieberman-Warner CISA

January 30th, 2008 · 8 Comments

The battlelines are being drawn when it comes to what makes sensible legislation to respond to Global Warming.  Sadly, the lines are being drawn among the environmental community, with Global Warming Deniers, Skeptics, and Delayers watching the developing battle with amusement. In December, the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) committee passed out for full […]

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Tags: barack obama · cap and trade · carbon dioxide · climate change · Congress · environmental · Global Warming · global warming deniers · government energy policy · politics · pollution

A Voice of Reason from an Oil CEO?

January 25th, 2008 · Comments Off on A Voice of Reason from an Oil CEO?

Yet again, Shell’s CEO, Jeroen van der Veer, has put himself out in public speaking truth that merits attention.  Last year, van der Veer made the case for serious energy efficiency as part of the energy path forward: More than half the energy we generate every day is wasted. What’s the point of producing even […]

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Tags: emissions · Energy · environmental · Global Warming · government energy policy · oil · peak oil · politics · pollution

Soaring Temperatures, Soaring Profits: Exxon Happy

January 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Amid all this crazy talk of economic problems around the globe and that irrational fearmongering about so-called “Global Warming”, our hearts should be warmed to hear that Exxon-Mobil is about to announce the largest corporate profits in world history:  $39 billion in 2007, $10.37 in the fourth quarter, just $111 million per day, just $4.4 […]

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Tags: astroturfing · business practice · climate change · Energize America · Energy · Global Warming

ENERGIZE AMERICA via a Stimulus Package

January 24th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Energize America has joined 29 other organizations in writing to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to call on them to ensure that the stimulus package doesn’t put tax increases on America’s unborn, but to make smart investments in longer-term, sustained economic prosperity by moving our nation towards a clean energy economy that provides employment opportunities […]

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Tags: Congress · electricity · Energize America · Energy · energy efficiency · environmental · financial policy · Global Warming · government energy policy · politics

Today’s MLK? the voice of Van Jones

January 21st, 2008 · 4 Comments

The world has changed. The sole face, the sole name that seems to compete with Mickey Mouse or Ronald McDonald or a Pokemon figure for instant awareness among children seems to be Martin Luther King.  The world does change. And, it can change for the better. I have a dream … Thus, my young children […]

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Tags: business practice · climate change · Clinton Climate Initiative · eco-friendly · Energize America · Energy · environmental · Global Warming · government energy policy · green

Electrical Disruption South African Style: Options looking forward

January 21st, 2008 · Comments Off on Electrical Disruption South African Style: Options looking forward

Today’s Washington Post had a long story about electricity supply disruption in South Africa.  Reading it, a clear conclusion: South Africa hasn’t been building coal-fired electricity plants fast enough to keep up with growing demand.  The blackouts are the result of surging demand and stagnant supply, exacerbated by a failed push toward privatization that made […]

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Tags: climate change · conservation · energy intensity

Global Warming Denier Website Receives Federal Award

January 21st, 2008 · 5 Comments

The National Science Foundation (NSF) gave a contract to the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) to do an analysis of Congressional websites; all 618 of them. Among the recipients of the Golden Mouse Award (warning: 115 page pdf), the highest available, the minority of the Senate Environmental & Public Works Committee.  This is, to remind you, the site […]

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Tags: Congress · Global Warming · global warming deniers · politics