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Energy Bookshelf: Even though we must think about, “Don’t Even Think About It”

September 25th, 2014 · No Comments

George Marshall’s Don’t Even Think About It: Why our brains are wired to ignore climate change (first chapter in pdf) should be on the must read list for anyone concerned about communicating climate change (and — as importantly — who is open to reconsidering much of their thinking about what works and doesn’t work).  In [...]

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Tags: Energy · climate change

OMB focused on costs of Climate InAction … and payoffs from Climate Action … yet …

September 19th, 2014 · Comments Off

Shaun Donovan, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and former Secretary of the Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) along with lead on Hurricane Sandy relief, gave his first public talk as OMB Director this this morning at the Center for American Progress. A notable point: this first talk focused [...]

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Tags: analysis · climate change

When it comes to Climate: Inaction costs, Action benefits

June 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Simply put, the economic analysis related to climate change issues in public debates has systematically gotten things wrong.  The very nature of the analytical process fosters an exaggerated projection of costs and an understatement of benefits from climate mitigation and adaptation investments.  This fosters a discussion of the “costs” of action, rather than a more [...]

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Tags: climate change · economics · world bank

Reasons to apply a skeptical mindset to claims of disaster due to @EPA regulation …

June 2nd, 2014 · 2 Comments

With today’s roll-out of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance for reducing coal-fired electricity plants carbon emissions, industry interests have been pressuring hard with efforts to undermine public support for EPA action.
Before heading further and in line with the Debunking Handbook, let us start with some basic truths about investing in climate mitigation.

Climate mitigation investments will have [...]

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Tags: Energy · Global Warming · Obama Administration · analysis · carbon dioxide · climate change · coal · environmental · government energy policy

Buried in @WhiteHouse staff report: Energy Information Administration planning for a 6C future

June 1st, 2014 · 4 Comments

The White House release a report yesterday heralding the All of the Above energy policy.  Entitled “The All-Of-The-Above Energy Strategy as a Path to Sustainable Economic Growth,” the document seeks to bask in expanded US oil and natural gas production while asserting that policies for energy efficiency and renewable energy are setting the stage for [...]

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Tags: Energy · Global Warming · Obama Administration · climate change · energy information administration · environmental

Sarah Palin likely can see smoke from her porch. Does she understand that where there’s smoke, there’s likely climate change fire?

May 27th, 2014 · No Comments

An area of Alaska larger than Chicago is in flames, 1000s of people are evacuated, with 100s of homes threatened.
What are we to make of this fire? After all, fires occur in nature and Alaska has had its share in the past. As Larry Lazar put it in an email to me,
While the size [...]

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Tags: climate change

Climate Change transforming “America the Beautiful” to “America the Sneezy”. Or, Climate Change good for Benadryl sales.

May 6th, 2014 · No Comments

Searching for the silver lining … perhaps Global Warming will boost drug company stock prices.
Searching for the silver lining … perhaps Global Warming will boost drug company stock prices.  That is one reasonable conclusion from the National Climate Assessment released earlier today.
In short, the NCA lays out that climate is creating worsened [...]

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“The dinosaurs never saw that asteroid coming. What’s our excuse?”

May 5th, 2014 · 4 Comments

At this time, US television screens are graced with several blockbuster science programs.  Showtime’s The Years of Living Dangerously provides serious and substantive looks at climate change. With Cosmos, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, NewsCorp is giving thinking people a substantive reason to tune in every Sunday evening. “Cosmos aims to be a primer on the [...]

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The power of passive …

May 5th, 2014 · No Comments

Around the planet, difficult cultural norms exist for writing.  Avoidance of direct discussion and attribution seem to be the norm for many nations.  Over recent decades, the U.S. business world has adopted an emphasis on using more direct language with the active voice.  When it comes to passive voices, a standard recommendation:
Use the passive voice [...]

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Tags: climate change

Whiplashed by weather?

April 16th, 2014 · No Comments

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 figures on the scales of “natural”. As Bill McKibben so eloquently discussed 25 years ago in The End of Nature, due to fossil fuel [...]

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Tags: Global Warming · climate change · science