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Unpublished Letters: Solution to Ukraine isn’t “Drill, Baby, Drill” to “Pollute, Baby, Pollute”

March 23rd, 2014 · 5 Comments

WarrenS has taken on an admirable resolution: to send a letter to the editor (LTE) (or, well, a major politician) every single day, on the critical issues of climate change and energy. This discusses his approach and here is an amusing ‘template’ to for rapid letter writing.
Now, I have always written letters and even had many published [...]

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Tags: Energy · Washington Post · unpublished letters

The answer is clear: #KeystoneXL is NOT in U.S. National Interest

March 5th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Despite $100s of millions spent to obfuscate the issue, the reality of the Keystone XL pipeline is that it is NOT in the U.S. national interest.
Keystone XL will:

Increase climate risks
Worsen environmental damage in Alberta, CA, due to increased tar sands exploitation
Increase gasoline and diesel prices for most Americans
Hurt American economic competitiveness (due to increased pressure [...]

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Tags: Energy

Amid DC #WeatherWhiplash, 400 arrested @Whitehouse protesting #KeystoneXL

March 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Today, some 400 university students were arrested at the White House.  These students are a leading wave of what could be the largest civil disobedience movement in the United States in decades.  Echoing the over 1200 arrested two summers ago, also at the White House fence, these 400 — and the thousands who marched from [...]

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Tags: Energy

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

Does the editor of Science understand ‘the Dismal Science’?

February 23rd, 2014 · No Comments

Reading the latest editorial by Marcia McNutt, the editor of Science magazine, makes one wonder: Does she understand and have any respect for ‘the Dismal Science‘?  Very simply, McNutt failed to demonstrate basic knowledge about economics (that ‘dismal science’) and failed to consider basic business calculations (and ignored many other reasons why Keystone XL [...]

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Tags: Energy · analysis · economics · tar sands · trains

W2 (@SenWhitehouse and @WaxmanClimate) school @SenJohnMcCain and @newtgingrich re #ClimateChange & national security

February 20th, 2014 · No Comments

Secretary of State John Kerry made strong statements about climate change over the weekend, including equating climate change impacts and risks with those from weapons of mass destruction.
Several Republicans, who in the past had made strong statements about the risks from climate change, came out with strong statements condemning Secretary Kerry. Earlier today, Senator [...]

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Tags: Energy

Pres. Obama’s Truck Efficiency is a W6+ solution: Win-Win-Win-Win-Win-Win+

February 18th, 2014 · No Comments

When it comes to climate mitigation opportunities, there is a simple reality:
Benefits outweigh costs …  enormously.
And, when it comes to climate mitigation and adaptation investments, we should be striving to achieve multiple wins from the same action wherever and whenever possible.
When looking at President Obama’s announcement, this morning, of new truck energy efficiency standards, it [...]

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Tags: Energy

Suppose the State Department Assumed that the United States Ought to Continue? #NoKXL

February 2nd, 2014 · 1 Comment

This guest post comes from BruceMcF.
For those who have been following the process, the conclusions of the updated Department of State Environmental Impact Statement “analysis” are of little surprise, since they basically repeat the previous conclusion before the analysts ~ analysts connected to the oil industry, since, of course, they would know about this kind [...]

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Tags: Energy

Tom Steyer to SecState John Kerry: Investigate … Keystone XL has a fishy smell

February 2nd, 2014 · No Comments

Earlier today, multi-billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer called on Secretary of State John Kerry to apply climate realism and good government oversight when it comes to the State Department’s late Friday, pre-Super Bowl climate bombshell release of a tainted environmental impact statement (EIS) as to the Keystone XL pipeline.
In the letter (in entirety after the [...]

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Tags: Energy

Will the SEC investigate State Department’s Climate Bomb?

January 31st, 2014 · 1 Comment

A typical Washington ploy — release late on Friday afternoon material that you hope disappears into the dustbin of weekend inattention to serious matters. The State Department’s release, earlier today, of a flawed look at the Keystone XL pipeline’s climate impact derived from a highly questionable (highly questioned with Inspector General investigations ongoing) process is [...]

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Tags: Energy