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Portfolio Theory vs the Myth of Intermittent Wind Power

February 24th, 2014 · No Comments

Another guest post from the very thoughtful BruceMcF.
Several points:
Key:  If viewed as “portfolio” (and combined with advancing smart grid and storage options as penetration increases), clean energy can phase into replace 100% of the fossil-foolish electricity grid.
Second, BruceMcF violates the cardinal law of debunking myths (here):   Don’t lead with the myth because, as per The [...]

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Tags: Energy · economics · electricity · emissions · wind power

Pickpockets at large: Fossil fuel interests bankrupting states

January 28th, 2013 · 3 Comments

This guest post comes from DWG and covers something that the vast majority of Americans are unaware is happening.  And, well, how many schools could be renovated, roads repaired, policemen hired, and other public services provided with the tax subsidies that the ever-so impoverished fossil fuel industries are pocketing?
NOTE:  Let us be clear, however, that [...]

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Tags: Energy · carbon dioxide · climate change · emissions · guest post · tax

Green Travel …?

December 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

One shouldn’t pretend that flying half way around the world to stay in an ‘eco-resort’ somehow merits a Gold Star for heroic climate mitigation action as guest poster Ban Nock explores

Green Travel … isn’t.
It is hard to think of any form of travel that isn’t harmful to the atmosphere, our ecosystem, and even the [...]

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Tags: carbon offsets · climate change · emissions

Caring Coal

May 10th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Reminiscent a bit of Caroling Coal, my in-box this morning was deluged with Peabody Energy press releases (see full material after the fold) and other announcements of a new public relations campaign:  Coal Cares. 
Evidently stung by the medical community’s highlighting of the linkages between the burning of coal (mainly for electricity) and health problems in America’s [...]

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Tags: Energy · coal · emissions · environmental · environmental economics · pollution

Getting to a better building …

February 3rd, 2011 · 1 Comment

Construction and use of buildings account for a major share of global warming emissions. Depending on how one calculates, allocating roughly 40 percent of U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to this built infrastructure is roughly correct.  Heating … cooling … lighting … building materials … etc, it all adds up (and up … and up). [...]

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Tags: Energy · Obama Administration · President Barack Obama · building green · clean energy jobs · climate change · electricity · emissions · energy efficiency · environmental

We don’t need your help … we don’t want it …

August 26th, 2010 · 3 Comments

When it comes to the necessity of facing down pollution in the nation’s electricity system and other major polluting industries, it is hard to read recent Obama Administration action as anything other than a strong statement to leading environmental organizations:
Stay out of our way, we don’t need your help … we don’t need it.
With monumental [...]

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Tags: Energy · Obama Administration · climate change · emissions · energy efficiency · politics

Senator Jeff “Energy Smart” Merkley speaks out on economic value of environmental regulation

February 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Sadly, one of the refrains that we hear (ad nauseum) is that regulation is somehow harmful for the economy, that government action (on any front) would strangle business activity.  In the public debate, the accurate and truthful case is not made frequently enough about how government regulation actually strengthens our economy and boosts our economic [...]

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Tags: Energy · emissions · environmental

To Twit Lisa: It isn’t the “Murky Air Act”!

January 13th, 2010 · Comments Off

Senator Lisa Murkowski has been conniving with fossil-fuel lobbyists for a long time, seeking out paths to strip the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions under the Clean Air Act (CAA).
Alaska has been called the poster state for global warming. Winter temperatures have already risen 6 degrees. Sea ice that protects [...]

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Tags: Al Gore · Congress · Energy · Global Warming · carbon dioxide · climate change · emissions

Heading for a crash

September 10th, 2009 · 3 Comments

The world is at 390 parts per million (ppm) of CO2 and 430+ CO2 equivalent. The IPCC has concluded, in what might actually be an optimistic assessment, that we can limit temperature growth to 2 degrees if we cap CO2 levels at 450 ppm. That is, limiting to 450 ppm would give us [...]

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Tags: Global Warming · carbon dioxide · cartoon · catastrophic climate change · climate change · emissions

France to impose a carbon tax … and a debate explodes

September 2nd, 2009 · No Comments

The news in France: a 14 Euro (about $19.90 at current exchange rates) tax per ton of carbon to go into effect in 2010. While discussion of a carbon tax has been an item of debate within French society, Prime Minister Fillon’s announcement of the actual amount and the parameters of the coming have [...]

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Tags: Global Warming · carbon dioxide · carbon tax · emissions · government energy policy