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Ben Carmichael

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Knowledge Networks: Reducing the Cost of Green Business

(2) Comments | Posted November 8, 2010 | 11:32 AM

The leading question about climate change is a question of costs. No one disputes that climate change will be expensive.

Where advocates argue we need to pay now, climate delayers argue we should wait and pay later. As a consequence, where sides diverge on timing, they share a common...

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Keep Maine Energized: Vote Eliot Cutler

(4) Comments | Posted October 19, 2010 | 4:44 PM

The state of Maine is in a state of gubernatorial uncertainty: a recent poll shows Paul LePage (R) faltering, with Eliot Cutler (I) rising. Candidates are calling, and people are wondering who to vote for. The answer to that question doesn't begin in the...

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Congratulations, America. You Passed Wind.

(1) Comments | Posted April 30, 2010 | 3:23 PM

For some, it was with a sense of relief that Interior Secretary Ken Salazar passed Cape Wind, the beleaguered offshore wind project on Cape Cod. For others, it was the latest in a drama that has lasted nearly a decade.

While the environment remains a low priority issue to...

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Half-Baked Alaska: Palin's Confused Vision of Energy & Environment

(10) Comments | Posted July 16, 2009 | 12:01 PM

Now that Sarah Palin has announced her resignation as Governor of Alaska, you may wonder: What has she been doing? How will she fill her time? In an Op-Ed piece for The Washington Post, Palin kindly provided an answer. She's committed herself to a single task: confusing the American...

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Energy Boon or Dirty Boondoggle: Which Would You Choose?

(2) Comments | Posted April 24, 2009 | 2:14 PM

Driving many conversations on energy and climate is a single question: What will the future look like?

Even if you're not interested in the environment, you've asked a similar question before. If you've ever wondered what the weather will be over your vacation, if you've ever filled out a sports...

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A Bad Economy Makes For A Bad Environment

(2) Comments | Posted April 14, 2009 | 3:27 PM

As the markets have gone down, long-held assumptions have been thrown up into the air. Economic theories, and not just the value of our homes and our retirement accounts, are coming undone. In some cases, that may just be a good thing.

Consider the argument that climate change solutions,...

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England: a Dusting of Snow, a Climate of Chaos

(7) Comments | Posted February 2, 2009 | 4:25 PM

I went to bed last night with Oxford covered in a thin, quiet blanket of snow. I woke up to find the country in chaos.

The Telegraph ran a headline saying, "Britain paralyzed by worst snowfall for 20 years." Meanwhile, the usually reserved Times of London reported: "Chaos...

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NOVA's "The Big Energy Gamble": The Challenge of Climate Narratives

(4) Comments | Posted January 28, 2009 | 3:27 PM

Imagine, if you will, a story. In this story most of the characters are mute. The threats are abstract, the timeline long, the stakes high and the consequences still uncertain. Politics are present, and so, too, are heaps of money. There are enemies, but no battlefield. There is no climax....

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President Obama Should Host a UNFCCC Climate Change Summit

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2008 | 4:46 PM

With an eye on the next US administration, and on international climate policy, two things are clear.

The world needs US leadership on climate change. The US is now poised to become that leader.

In his transition, President-elect Barack Obama has pledged that his administration will mark a...

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In a Hot, Flat & Crowded World, Thank God for Cities

(1) Comments | Posted November 25, 2008 | 8:09 AM

I'd like to make a simple argument: that our world's cities must play a vital role in the fight against climate change. Indeed, I think they already do.

But first, let's put the progress of our world's cities into perspective.

In 1900, only 160 million people, or one tenth of...

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When Obama Takes Office The Climate Will Change

(3) Comments | Posted November 18, 2008 | 4:27 PM

It happened quickly, and almost silently, but today the United States entered a new era of leadership on energy and climate.

In a video addressed to the more than 600 leaders convened in Los Angeles for the opening sessions of the Global Climate Summit, President-elect Barack Obama...

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Trick or Treat: Our Presidential Election

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2008 | 8:27 AM

As a country, we are between celebrations. We have yet to finish our Halloween candy. We have yet to chose our next president.

On Halloween, we have come to celebrate the wicked over the wise. But it is in the historical fabric of the holiday that Halloween be a night...

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Local Politics, Global Change: Vote Democrat

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2008 | 11:39 AM

On November 4th, Americans will cast their vote for our next President. In doing so, they will cast a vote for a candidate not on the ballot -- America's next environment.

In this election, national environmental discussions have focused on energy independence over climate change, and on the risks of...

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Your Green Guide to the DNC

(4) Comments | Posted August 24, 2008 | 4:29 PM

If you're anything like me, you've landed in Denver. The weather is perfect, and the mountains unlike anything back home.

On the Sunday before the official start of the Democratic scrum, you're most likely planning the week. Where do I eat? How I rent one of those bikes? How can...

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What Makes the Democratic Convention Sustainable?

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2008 | 3:08 PM

Last time the Democrats came to Denver, the powerbrokers drove electric-gasoline hybrid cars. Thousands of trees were given away. Snow was trucked in by horse and carriage to cool the convention center. And the candidate - the candidate stayed home to harvest his alfalfa crop.

Sound like the eco-conscious convention...

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What Will Obama's VP Pick Mean for the Environment?

(5) Comments | Posted August 19, 2008 | 2:33 AM

With Senator Barack Obama set to announce his VP nomination by Friday, the speculative field of possible names has been whittled - if only by the press - to a select three: Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware, Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana, and Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia. Two...

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