If we are to succeed in seeing a less polluted, yet still prosperous, future, governments and societies alike must focus policy on promoting the fuels which strike the right balance between cost, scalability, efficiency, and environmental impact.
Most American pundits and the Obama administration would like Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to concentrate on fixing the economy and stay away from raising Tokyo's military profile in Asia. But Abe seems bent on ignoring their advice and risks harming U.S. interests in the region.
It has become clear that Keystone pipeline is a threat to jobs, health and safety, energy security, food and water security, smart growth, and the climate -- but that's not all it threatens: Now, Keystone XL is becoming toxic for politicians who support it.
This past Monday, a funeral procession over 100 strong trudged solemnly towards TransCanada's offices in Westborough, MA. Dressed in black and carrying paper flowers, the mourners sang a chilling dirge.
The President's speech last week contained more discussion of climate and energy than any State of the Union speech in recent memory -- perhaps ever. Congressional action is still needed right away to reduce uncertainty and improve our chances of meeting climate targets.
Issues of national security, of globalization and of the role of business in increasingly transparent societies have been raised at Davos but have attracted less attention since the financial crisis; this year, attendees say, that is likely to change.
We need more of this kind of innovativeness and initiative. The climate isn't cooling anytime soon and it's clear that climate talks will continue to be inconclusive. So companies and consumers, the ball is in your court.
Not only has investment in shale gas risen to record levels, but the natural gas industry now employs more of our citizens than ever before. That's especially good news at a time when the national unemployment rate holds at a staggering 16.7% for African Americans.
The U.S. energy debate is distorted with talk about the future. t's about clean technologies and tackling climate change. It's about investment in energy efficiency and in bio-fuels. But the way we use energy is still mired in oil.