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A Healthy Challenge to Fracking Groupthink?

Simon Greer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Simon Greer

Iconoclasm can have its limits. How can we critique our own work and the work of our allies in a way that prompts then to reflect and maybe even adjust rather than retrench? How are we tough on the problems but soft on the people?

Will "Pandora's Promise" Start A New Environmental Movement FOR Nuclear Power?

David Ropeik | Posted 08.11.2013 | Green
David Ropeik

The last line in Pandora's Promise, Robert Stone's new documentary about the environmental advantages of nuclear power, comes from Michael Shellenberg...

Fracking Is No Breakthrough

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 05.06.2013 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

. As long as we are stuck in the simplistic mindset that we can only advance coal or natural gas as our main energy sources, we will never have any meaningful movement on climate change.

Picking Losers

Gernot Wagner | Posted 12.22.2011 | Green
Gernot Wagner

We know that we need several Nobel-worthy technology breakthroughs to get out of the current energy mess. We can sit around and hope. That, of course...

Nuclear Energy: Unsafe at Any Age?

Steve Heilig | Posted 10.07.2011 | Technology
Steve Heilig

It's silly, even immature, to try to divide people on this crucial technological and ecological issue based on arbitrary age categories. For in fact we're all in this together, and radiation can hurt you -- no matter how old you are.

Energy Efficiency on the Rebound

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

That there is a rebound effect is clear. How large of one is the question. If emission reduction goals turn out to be illusory, we will be in climate-change trouble.

Uttering the "C" Word

Asher Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Asher Miller

I was intrigued to learn that authors from three politically disparate think tanks--American Enterprise Institute, Brookings, and Breakthrough Institu...

Nation's Leading Universities Draw Bottom Line on Clean Energy R&D Funding in Senate Climate Bill

Jesse Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jesse Jenkins

Reid and the Senate now have the responsibility to ensure that long-term clean energy R&D efforts are given the funding they desperately need to secure America's leadership in clean energy innovation.

New Bill's Clean Energy Investments Only a Fraction of Expert Recommendations

Jesse Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jesse Jenkins

While the bill is a (very) small step in the right direction, the clean energy R&D investments in Kerry-Boxer still fall far short of filling our energy innovation gap.

Senator Brown, Leading Energy Think Tanks Push for More Research Investment and New National Institutes of Energy

Jesse Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jesse Jenkins

Modeled after the NIH, a New National Institutes of Energy (NIE) would be designed to most effectively channel R&D funding toward the development of new, low-cost commercial clean energy technologies.

Wind in Wall Street's Sails: Investment Rushes Into Wind, But Can We Make It Last?

Jesse Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jesse Jenkins

The current boom in private wind financing will only result in another eventual bust without any consideration for the long-term past the stimulus bill.

Senator Brown Calls for New Investments in Clean Energy Manufacturing

Jesse Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jesse Jenkins

Senator Brown's efforts to advance new investments in clean energy technologies and manufacturing are critical.

Will America Lose the Clean-Energy Race? Only if we Listen to the Breakthrough Institute

Joseph Romm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joseph Romm

The radioactive disinformers of The Breakthrough Institute have broken through to the MSM again.

ACES Is Not a Victory for the Environmental Movement

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Nelson

The bill doesn't go far enough to spark the transition to a clean energy economy we need to avert catastrophic climate change. It does not meet the science. It does not meet Obama's promises.

Memo to Media: Don't be Suckered by Bad Analyses from the Breakthrough Institute

Joseph Romm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joseph Romm

If you convince the media you are, say, part of the progressive environmental movement, you can get all the media attention you want by then trashing your supposed allies.