Carbon Pricing is the best option for market-based approach to reducing our emissions to a safe level. Massachusetts could be a model for that – with a little help from you. By Zachary Shahan If you look at all the factors closely, solar energy, wind energy, electric cars, and other clean technologies are already better […]
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If the world can’t rely on the United States to be positively involved in the most existential crisis facing human society, when can the world rely on the USA? By Zachary Shahan One of the first articles I published after the US presidential election in November was this one: “How China (+ Russia) Could Shift […]
It’s a warm summer night and you’re enjoying the cool breeze off of a wonderful Caribbean beach. There are no cancer-causing power plants around, because the island has gone solar. A greasy oil company exec is nearby, with the scent of millions or billions earned off the backs of working-class Americans wafting off his pale […]
The people of the United States live in bubbles. We each fall into certain subcultures that have a lot of influence over what we think, what we feel, and what we are interested in discussing. In politics, subcultures are obsessively collected and fought over (via messaging/branding, if not policy) and major political parties do their best to motivate […]
Remember the #NeverTrump campaign? A lot of people within the Republican Party opposed Trump during the primaries, and even well into the general election. Former Republican presidents George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush reportedly did not even vote for Trump. I’m sure many other prominent Republicans didn’t either. Seasoned politicians who know how government and politics work […]
Part 1 of “How The Terrorists Won” dealt with the mental-emotional ways in which we have been losing to terrorists and are simply fueling more terrorism. However, there are also very practical, nuts-and-bolts ways that the terrorists have been successful at weakening the United States — it’s nothing they can do on their own, and […]
…this is not a blog about war & peace or immigration. It’s a blog about cleantech, about the economy as it relates to cleantech, and about why cleantech is so important. These are in fact keys to why we are losing the war on terrorism — and, if things don’t turn around rather quickly, why […]
by Zachary Shahan (Cross-posted from our sister blog, Cleantechnica.) I rolled into Los Angeles at 1:00am on March 31, catching sleep on the flights from Frankfurt to DC and DC to LA in order to be rested for an early arrival at a Tesla store, so that I could to put down an early Tesla Model 3 […]
If you don’t know what an RSS feed is or don’t know what Google Reader is, feel free to move along and skip this article. However, if you are one of our RSS subscribers and you use Google Reader (more likely than not), then you’ve probably seen by now that Google is shutting down Google Reader […]
This is last week’s news, a bit, but it’s something I’ve been meaning to cover more and haven’t gotten to. So, here’s a quickie on it: The GOP, in the name of “freedom” tried to kill lightbulb standards established and signed into law under George W. Bush (somewhat sucessfully). The GOP framed it as a […]
Ed: It’s good for consumers when solar cell prices go down, but it makes it harder for solar manufacturers to turn a profit. With solar prices dropping 30% in the current recession, solar company Solyndra, a recipient of a large chunk of stimulus cash, nevertheless went bankrupt last week… and now House Republicans want to […]
As bad news continues to come in from Japan’s nuclear meltdown at Fukushima, a similar situation may be beginning on our own shores. Two nuclear reactors in Nebraska are threatened by floodwaters… and while officials keep insisting there’s no danger and everything is under control, that’s not exactly reassuring.
Especially since one of their control systems collapsed over the weekend.
Will this be our Fukushima? It’s certainly not at the point of being a major disaster yet, but… What turned Fukushima from a crisis to a disaster was the way Tokyo Electric (TEPCO) mishandled its attempts to keep control of their nuclear power plants.
As flood waters rise in the American heartland, it’s disconcerting to see the way a similar scenario is playing out…
The true story on subsidies:
Without subsidies – both overt and hidden – coal would be 2-3 times more expensive than wind.
In the middle of the Lindsey Graham climate and clean energy bill saga, Joe Romm steps back and looks at things from a broader political perspective. He gets to the heart of the matter on why climate change legislation is such an avoided topic in the US, comparing current US conservative politics to current UK conservative politics on this issue.