Author: Jeremy Bloom

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Obama Budget Cuts Oil Money, Adds Renewables

After criticism for not talking enough about renewables in his SOTU speech, President Obama’s new budget shows us the money – according to a White House statement, more than $6 billion. But is it enough? You’d think that with a total of $3.8 trillion on the table, a few more crumbs could have been tossed toward energy […]

February 2nd

Red State, Blue State, State of the Union

Okay. President Obama talked about jobs, about energy, about jobs, about climate, and about jobs. Did we mention jobs? As President, it’s not his job to make everybody happy. But it helps if he wins over more than 51 percent. Some folks were definitely happy. Steven Cohen, Executive Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia […]

January 29th

Is There an Alternative to Storing Nuclear Waste in Your Backyard?

What’s going on with Nuclear Energy? Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced a new panel this morning to take a microscope to the future of nuclear power in America. The bi-partisan group will be headed by Lee Hamilton (a Democrat with ties to the intelligence community) and Brent Scowcroft (a Republican with ties to the intelligence […]

January 29th

Take Your Algae News With a Grain of Salt

A study released this week says Algae fuels may not be worth it. But critics point out that the study’s data were old – some more than ten years old. It’s a picture-perfect example of how when it comes to arguments over renewable energy, it’s always good to check your sources. The Study Bearing the difficult […]

January 28th

Putting a Price on Nature

There’s a beautiful meadow up by Bend, Oregon, at the heart of the Glaze Meadow restoration project. The TENTHMIL team was up there with a film crew last year, and I was asked, “Looking out over this meadow, what would you say to the people back in the city?” And I said, “It’s really sad […]

January 27th

DOE Takes Baby Steps on Geothermal and Earthquakes

What’s the real scoop on Geothermal and earthquakes? Despite a NY Times report that has been picked up by other outlets, (for instance, here and here), the Department of Energy (DOE) is not initiating any major new regulations for Geothermal projects. What they have done:  building on the experience at The Geysers geothermal field in California, they […]

January 27th

Geothermal Pitches Wall Street

Representatives of the Geothermal Energy Association had their largest schmooze-fest ever in New York Thursday (Jan. 14). They met with Wall Street financiers, had lunch with politicians, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Mayor Bloomberg declared “New York City Geothermal Energy Day”, and at the end of the day they even got to ring the closing […]

January 15th

Avatar, Vietnam, and the War on the Trees

(Originally appeared at Tenthmil.com) One thing the blockbuster film “Avatar” showed in glorious, graphic 3D: In war, no matter who wins, the forest nearly always loses. There goes the neighborhood In the normal course of life, average folks tend to be conservationists. Why shouldn’t they? Just like the Na’vi of “Avatar”, most human societies throughout history developed […]

January 14th

Biomass or Biomess?

One of the things we should have learned from the corn to bio-ethanol mess of the past five years is: haste makes waste. The subsidies that were supposed to help create a sustainable industry and help small farmers instead turned into a massive hand-out to big agriculture, and drove up prices on corn and other food […]

January 12th

Overfishing – We’re On the Brink

Once, we thought the oceans were an inexhaustible resource. It turns out we were wrong. But we should have seen the signs. Lots of good fish in the sea In early years, Europe’s coasts teamed with dolphins, orcas, blue whales and tuna, and its rivers ran with fish. By the 1500s, though, the continent was fished-out. […]

January 9th

Climate Change and Science – Cutting Through the Talking Points to the Truth

Global warming – it’s either the biggest threat to humanity since the end of the last ice age, or the biggest hoax ever perpetrated.

In part, it depends on who you are willing to believe: the international community of climate scientists who may all secretly be socialists out to destroy the capitalist system… or a bunch of totally objective oil company employees who would never put their profit ahead of the good of humanity.

Okay, that may not be the most dispassionate and objective way to lay out the facts. Let’s try doing this like scientists: put all the data on the table, and let you, the reader, decide.

January 5th

Drill, Nancy, Drill?

You may well be wondering – why the heck is Nancy Pelosi pushing through a bill that allows for offshore drilling? Isn’t that against everything we’re supposed to stand for? Is this another example of business-as-usual betraying core Democratic principles?

September 17th