By Susan Kramer (Cross-posted from our sister blog, CleanTechnica) The Obama administration had set a goal, for the public good, of cutting solar costs to $1 a watt installed by 2016. The reason that the Obama Department of Energy invested $535 million in backing some of the private VC loans (which totaled $1 billion) […]
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Washington may be gridlocked and deadlocked, but traffic is flowing smoothly in some parts of the government. This morning, President Obama announced a cornerstone of a real national energy policy: new fuel efficiency standards that will save money, promote energy independence and cut carbon emissions.
We need to rebuild the kind of mass movement that marked 1970: bodies, passion, and creativity are the currencies we can compete in. It’s not impossible.
We knew this election would have consequences – not that much has gotten done on climate action in the past two years. Now, Republican guru Karl Rove announced this week that “Climate is gone”. Speaking at a Pittsburgh conference on natural gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation (aka fracking), Rove told the giddy crowd […]
If you had any slim hope left for “bipartisanship” on environmental and energy legislation in Washington after the 2010 midterm election, you can forget about it. The Hill reports “Republicans aren’t interested in compromising with President Obama on major issues if they retake the House or Senate, a senior GOP lawmaker said.” “Look, the time […]
Well, they’ve done it, and ahead of schedule. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar has determined it is appropriate that deepwater oil and gas drilling resume, provided that operators certify compliance with all existing rules and requirements, including those that recently went into effect, and demonstrate the availability of adequate blowout containment resources… “In light […]
Writing at Salon, Andrew Leonard ponders the imponderable: Is the White House’s new acceptance of solar panels (nearly two years after the Election of Hope!) “…a welcome change of tone, prefiguring a new push on climate change and renewable energy, or yet another example of how a too-cautious administration keeps stepping on its feet”? Bill […]
BP concluded 48 hours of testing on the new cap over their busted well, and the results are good. The oil flow has stopped, pressure is stable, and there’s no evidence – so far – that the cap has blown a new leak in the underground well. “As we continue to see success in the […]
The longest-serving member of Congress in US History, Sen Robert Byrd (D-WV), is dead at 92. He was first elected to the Senate in 1958, 52 years ago.
Byrd will be remembered for taking courageous stands against the Gulf War (at a time when most other Democrats were jumping on the Bush bandwagon), and more recently for going against the power structure of his state of West Virginia by saying “Coal Must Embrace The Future”.
Just last week, it looked like the climate bill was as dead in the water as a gulf-coast sea turtle. But as of today, it looks like Senate Democrats are going to start acting like a majority party, and pass one of the central pieces of legislation that they ran on. Politico is calling it “Harry Reid’s High-Stakes Climate Gamble.”
Reid’s strategy? Finally doing some of the “horse-trading” that successful majority leaders (like Lydon Johnson) do. Instead of a stand-alone climate bill that Republicans (and some Democratic faint-hearts) are happy to take pot-shots at, he’s going to put forward an omnibus bill that includes energy policy, climate change, and reforms to deepwater drilling.
At last year’s G20 Summit in Pittsburgh, the world leaders committed to “phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies and increase energy market transparency” and their Energy and Finance Ministers are to “report on their implementation strategies and timelines at the next meeting of the G-20,” which begins in a couple of days.
So will the world leaders stay true to their commitments? Apparently, some countries may be waffling…
Should we be taking a serious second look at Nuclear Energy? With climate change the biggest potential disaster facing humanity, there are even environmentalists who now think nuclear power is actually a lower risk.
Take a look at this talk from TED, in which Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson go at it.
After hearing President Obama’s speech Tuesday night I was going to see if I could find videos of all the Presidents from Nixon on to Bush II promising how they were going to achieve energy independence and free us from foreign fuels, and splice them all together into a witty yet informative commentary about the futility of American Politics that has barely managed to move us forward in 30 years. But fortunately, Jon Stewart did it for me.
The US Senate, the world’s greatest high school debate squad, continues to fiddle on the climate and energy bills. And while oil gushes into the Gulf, and we enjoy the warmest spring in recorded history, and prepare for a heavy hurricane season, our esteemed Senators are concerned that we’re moving… too fast. Jay Rockefeller (D-Coal Country), actually wants to roll back what little HAS been done.
The pressure is on to deal with the problems associated with the biggest US oil spill in history. While President Obama pressures BP and dispatches the National Guard, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R) has been pushing – hard – for a plan to construct 45 miles of sand berms off the coast to block oil from hitting his shores. The plan was finally approved May 27, but scientists are questioning whether it’s going to work.