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A Short, Befuddling Visit to Perryland and Obamaville

(7) Comments | Posted August 25, 2011 | 2:26 PM

You'd think by now the pathetic arguments of climate deniers would fail to get my goat, but I suppose Texas Governor Rick Perry deserves some kind of credit for taking blatant hypocrisy to a whole new level, and thus managing to raise my ire.

"A substantial number of scientists...

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Who Killed Economic Growth? (And Why the Planet Is Listening)

(5) Comments | Posted August 4, 2011 | 5:51 PM

Too often in our national discourse growing the economy and the protecting the environment are presented as being somehow antithetical, as though we have to choose one or the other. But the truth is that they are symbiotic.

More important, both have hit a fundamental turning point, as this...

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University Vows to Lock Out Students Opposed to ExxonMobil

(13) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 3:35 PM

There's a storm brewing on the small campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute over the kind of vision for the future to be imparted to graduating students at this year's commencement. Offering one vision is Rex Tillerson, the CEO of ExxonMobil--the largest private oil company in the world and a

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Five Lessons from a Month in Hell

(1) Comments | Posted March 22, 2011 | 2:23 PM

Leave it to the bombing campaign in Libya to remind us that the ongoing horror in Japan isn't the only thing to lose sleep over. Japan and the North Africa/Middle East region are each about five thousand miles away from us here in the US, in opposite directions, but we've...

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Obama's Sputnik Moment: Strategy Over Substance

(3) Comments | Posted January 27, 2011 | 11:20 AM

Did you hear anything surprising in Obama's State of the Union address last night? Anything truly visionary? Me neither. Of course, that wasn't the point.

The SOTU was a continuation of what appears to be a strategic move to the political center, in preparation for a presidential campaign that's...

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Oprah Winfrey Shocks Viewers With Surprise Gift

(2) Comments | Posted December 9, 2010 | 3:54 PM

Tis the season of giving and Oprah is in a giving mood. For most of the last decade, the TV personality and cultural trend setter has annually bestowed upon unsuspecting studio audiences a smorgasbord of gifts, large and small. The reaction of audiences is almost impossible to believe, let alone...

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There will be fuel? An open letter to the New York Times

(4) Comments | Posted November 22, 2010 | 9:54 AM

The below is an open Letter to the Editor at the New York Times from Post Carbon Institute Fossil Fuels Fellow David Hughes.

Rarely is the public treated to such inaccurate, misleading and unhelpful “journalism” as in “There will be fuel” by New York Times correspondent, Clifford Krauss...

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The Ultimate Roller Coaster Ride: A Brief History of Fossil Fuels

(1) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 4:55 PM

Fossil fuels have powered human growth and ingenuity for centuries. Now that we're reaching the end of cheap and abundant energy, we're in for an exciting ride. While there's a real risk of falling off a cliff, there's still time to control our transition to a post-carbon future.

And now,...

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Uttering the "C" Word

(5) Comments | Posted October 23, 2010 | 11:08 PM

I was intrigued to learn that authors from three politically disparate think tanks--American Enterprise Institute, Brookings, and Breakthrough Institute--had recently published a report on how to foster deployment of clean energy technology. For those of you who don't know, AEI's most well-known in energy/climate circles for receiving millions of...

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Shovels and Ballots... Getting to Work on 10/10/10

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2010 | 8:13 PM

After major disappointments in Copenhagen and Washington, D.C., millions of us concerned about the climate crisis have been left wondering "what now?". The stakes couldn't be higher, and the political and infrastructural challenges so large and complex, that it's no surprise to see soul-searching and disagreements over the best...

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Can Goldilocks Stop This Runaway Train?

(2) Comments | Posted August 30, 2010 | 6:17 AM

There's a lot to digest in Michael Lewis' The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine but I was particularly struck by a passage at the very end of the book, which I think aptly describes one of the major obstacles to properly understanding...

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What Now? Redux

(3) Comments | Posted July 29, 2010 | 8:25 PM

Back in December in blisteringly cold Copenhagen, tens of thousands of activists, government workers, lobbyists, and world leaders came together for what many hoped would be a diplomatic breakthrough. Though the weather was cold, conditions seemed ripe: Environmental groups across the globe had worked hard to generate a strong display...

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The World's First Climate War!

(1) Comments | Posted June 15, 2010 | 1:17 PM

It's estimated that only a small fraction of the oil that's being hemorrhaged into the Gulf of Mexico is visible to us, either washing up as tar balls on beaches or — despite BP's best efforts to block witnesses — in heart-rending images of wildlife smothered to death...

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California Ballot Measures: A Step Backwards On Energy Reform

(5) Comments | Posted June 3, 2010 | 5:16 PM

For decades now, California has led the country in environmental protection, passing legislation that's often set the benchmark for national policy. But this, like all tides, can flow in two directions. A pair of ballot measures -- Prop 16 and The California Jobs Initiative...

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