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Solyndra Loan Program Turning a Profit for Taxpayers

The same program that funded Solyndra, the great non-scandal of yore, is now turning a profit for the federal government and taxpayers. via Bloomberg The U.S. government expects to earn $5 billion to $6 billion from the renewable-energy loan program … Continue reading

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When Government Regulations Fail

The EPA has been laughably ineffectual, and here’s the latest awful example of their incompetence. They backed off a fracking investigation at the behest of the gas company being investigated. When a man in a Fort Worth suburb reported his … Continue reading

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Feeling a Little Better About Brian Schatz

The incoming senator from Hawaii: “For me, personally, I believe global climate change is real and it is the most urgent challenge of our generation,” Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz (D), whom Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) tapped for the seat, … Continue reading

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A Massive Step Backwards on Energy

Yeah, the recent push for coal as a substitute for oil isn’t helping matters: In a report destined to frustrate advocates for global action on climate change, the Paris-based International Energy Agency projected Tuesday morning that in five years’ time, … Continue reading

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A Light That Runs on Gravity (Sort Of)

Via Andrew Sullivan: Technically, as some of Sullivan’s readers have pointed out, the power comes from the human who lifts the bag of sand and hangs it from the light. Also, a spring-loaded wind-up mechanism would work by the same … Continue reading

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Good News: We’re Driving More Fuel Efficient Cars

We’re driving slightly less often, using less fuel and creating fewer emissions: Brad Plumer reports: New vehicles purchased in November of 2012 got 24.1 miles per gallon, on average. That includes all new cars, SUVs, and light trucks. By contrast, … Continue reading

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The Climate Cliff

My Thursday column is pretty grim: Credit where credit is due, Matt Yglesias coined the phrase “climate cliff” via Twitter the other day in reference to the now inevitable 2°C global temperature increase. I liked it so much I thought … Continue reading

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Too Little Too Late

Could this be some good news on the climate crisis? Not really. President Obama is “putting in place the building blocks for a climate treaty requiring the first fossil fuel emissions cuts from both the U.S. and China,” Businessweek reports. … Continue reading

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Hang on Tight. The Climate Crisis is Going to Get A Lot Worse.

It doesn’t look like we’ll be able to hold the global temperature increase to under 2-degrees — the threshold at which the climate crisis becomes seriously dangerous. The amount of heat-trapping pollution the world spewed rose again last year by … Continue reading

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We’re Making Too Many Babies

My Monday column: If someone asks you what is the planet’s most dangerous problem, your immediate answer should be overpopulation. There are simply too many people and nowhere near the resources to adequately sustain the current population, much less the … Continue reading

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Sea Levels Rising at an Alarming Speed

Another bit of alarming climate news that most Americans will totally ignore: The global sea level is rising 60 percent faster than previous reports issued by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), according to a new analysis … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

“So to me, what’s interesting about it is that this catastrophe that occurred and the manmadeness of it, there wasn’t a single – there is no conspiracy single bad person that you can say “It all goes on them.” It’s … Continue reading

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Are We Ever Going to Change?

The UN is convening a huge climate summit in Qatar, but contrary to the hopes of some participants I’m ashamed to say that America will continue to be a lone holdout when it comes to serious participation. I have very … Continue reading

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Leading the Charge

Artist – Bob Englehart In other news, Google announced plans today to invest $75 million in a 50MW wind farm in Rippey, Iowa, bringing the company’s total investment in renewable energy to more than $990 million. The state of Massachusetts … Continue reading

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More Horrifying News on the Climate Crisis

The World Bank’s latest warning on the climate crisis: Climate change is already having an effect: Arctic sea ice reached a record minimum in September, and extreme heat waves and drought in the last decade have hit places like the … Continue reading

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Mitt Masks

Artist – Dave Granlund In other news, all new power generation capacity added during the month of September came from solar and wind projects according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Energy Projects. Renewable energy accounts for approximately … Continue reading

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Getting Tough On China

Who’s getting tough on China? Here’s a hint: it’s not the man who made his millions by bankrupting companies for profit and teaching others how to outsource to China. The U.S. Commerce Department imposed significant final duties on imported solar … Continue reading

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How The House Spent Their Last Day in D.C.

This is how the House spent their last day in Washington before going on vacation for another two months. WASHINGTON (AP) — The most partisan, least productive Congress in memory is bolting Washington for the campaign trail, leaving in its … Continue reading

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Time For Another Team Romney Screw Up

If it’s a day than ends with Y, that means it’s time for another lesson in bad optics from Team Romney. Remember the Ohio coal miners employed by Murray Energy who lost a day’s pay because Mitt Romney came to … Continue reading

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House GOP Kills Jobs. Goes On Vacation.

While congress goes on vacation for another two months on the orders of House Majority Shitkicker Eric Cantor, 400 people at Siemens, a company that produces blades for wind turbines, will lose their jobs because congress still hasn’t renewed the … Continue reading

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