When the world's two largest CO2 emitters finally come together, own up to their carbon culpability, and agree that it's time to go down a path of climate cooperation, there is reason--for once in a long time--to be cautiously hopeful.
As Vice President Joe Biden reaffirmed the Obama Administration's commitment to combat climate change, new data indicates carbon dioxide emissions in the United States in 2012 dropped to their lowest levels since 1994.
The Obama administration now has an opportunity to reposition the Energy Department as a force for national energy independence, an economic force for national security, and as a monitor and sponsor of rational energy pricing thereby husbanding a mighty engine of economic growth.
As the saying goes, "The fish rots from the head down." This is certainly the case at the Y-12 National Security Complex, where an 82-year-old nun and two accomplices recently broke in, raising serious questions about the DOE's security strategy.
During the course of the Obama Administration under Energy Secretary Steven Chu, the Department of Energy has almost totally abdicated its responsibility to the day-today consumers of energy. But the latest news of its flubs goes even beyond that.
In The Avengers, everyone is fighting over the Tesseract, a source of unlimited energy. The truth is, the Tesseract is here. The Tesseract for us is the power of wind, water, and sunlight -- natural, clean, and renewable energy resources.
The price we are all paying at the pump or for heating oil was too mundane to be touched upon by Dr. Chu. A bit like leaving the aerie of the ivy covered halls of academe and getting your hands dirty on an oil rig.
On May 11, a group of children will face off against the Obama administration and the NAM, arguing that common law requires governments to protect critical natural resources on behalf of current and future generations.