Obama Pushes Back with Renewed Focus on Energy

Published on August 4th, 2008 | by

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From Senator McCain blaming Barack Obama for high gas prices, to the House GOP’s recent (and ongoing) faux-libuster demanding an up-or-down vote on increasing domestic oil drilling, there’s no doubt that the Republican Party is pulling out all the stops to make oil the wedge issue in the upcoming election. But the Obama camp has begun a coordinated push-back and revealed the “New Energy Plan For America,” which Obama said would create 5 million new jobs and eliminate our need for Middle Eastern oil in 10 years.

Why Liberals Should Be Happy That Barack Obama Changed His Position On Offshore Drilling for Oil

Published on August 4th, 2008 | by

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Barack Obama changed his stance this weekend on whether or not we should open new areas to drill for oil offshore. He now says that we should allow for some more drilling to occur if this drilling is part of a larger package of legislation that would move the United States’ energy needs toward a cleaner, greener, and more self-sufficient future.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Should Apply to Used Nuclear Fuel

Published on August 4th, 2008 | by

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Each year, US nuclear power plants prevent 700 million tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. In order to equal that achievement by reducing emissions from personal automobiles, the owners of 96% of the cars on the road today would have to agree to never drive again. Why then, are so many people in the “Environmental Movement” so firm in their opposition to nuclear power?

Is McCain Serious About Cap-and-Trade? Economic Advisor Steve Forbes Doesn’t Think So

Published on August 1st, 2008 | by

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Speaking on CNN last week, former GOP presidential candidate and current McCain economic adviser Steve Forbes belittled the likelihood of McCain’s plan to combat climate change actually coming to fruition.When asked about the economic impact of McCain’s proposed cap and trade, Forbes almost scoffed at the idea of such a policy ever actually being taken […]

Deptartment of Energy to Provide $36 Million for Carbon Capture Projects

Published on July 31st, 2008 | by

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The U.S. Department of Energy announced today that it will provide $36 million for 15 projects aimed at furthering the development of new and cost-effective technologies for the capture of carbon dioxide (CO2) from the existing fleet of coal-fired power plants.

Mean Joe Green #21: Three and a Half Million Mosquitoes!

Published on July 31st, 2008 | by

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According to the CIA World Factbook we have 1/22 of the world’s population but use 1/4 of the world’s oil!

The United Nations and the World Health Organization share that the average person in the developing world uses 2.64 gallons of water a day. The average person in the United Kingdom uses 35.66 gallons of water per day…

Asstistant Secretary of Energy Andy Karsner Announces Resignation

Published on July 31st, 2008 | by

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While Karsner has not given any reason for the resignation, the underlying point is that he resigned from a one-of -a-kind job at a time when there is major political discord about how the U.S. should be moving forward with its energy policy. The news came on the same day that, for the fourth time this summer, Senate Republicans blocked an attempt to extend funding for renewable energy tax credit.

Senate GOP Refuses Floor Debate of Renewable Energy Tax Credits

Published on July 30th, 2008 | by

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[social_buttons]For the fourth time this summer alone, Senate Republicans have blocked any formal consideration of extending renewable energy tax credits. The 51-43 vote on Wednesday to invoke cloture on S.3335 fell nine short of the 60 needed to begin floor debate (a ‘Yea’ vote indicating support for the bill and/or willingness to debate it). Although […]

The Politics of Fire Suppression: Did Bush Administration Budget Cuts Cause Bigger Wildfires?

Published on July 30th, 2008 | by

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In 2007, the United States Forest Service (USFS) spent $1.37 billion fighting wildfires, up from $307 million ten years ago. This year, that number will be much greater due to the 2008 California Firestorm. How will financially strapped California and the USFS pay for these fires and did these fires grow larger because of Bush administration budget cuts?

Another Reason Not to Drill in ANWR: Sen. Ted Stevens Indicted on Federal Corruption Charges

Published on July 29th, 2008 | by

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The longest-serving Republican senator, Ted Stevens of Alaska has been indicted on seven counts of falsely reporting hundreds of thousands of dollars in services he received from an oil services company that helped renovate his home. Not exactly considered a friend of the environment, the 84 year-old senator has been the most vocal supporter of opening up the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration. The indictment alleges a linkage between Stevens and the oil industry that the Senator (and the GOP) prefer not be made.

Obama Campaign Seeks to Make Oil Prices Irrelevant

Published on July 28th, 2008 | by

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Watching the news is a dangerous enterprise for those of us trying to maintain a clear picture of this election season’s most important issues. Despite all the chatter, it seems relatively obvious that our most fundamental problem is American energy policy, or more specifically: oil prices and our dependence on cheap energy.

If you buy that premise, which I’m prepared to debate elsewhere, then this election should really only be decided by one evaluation criterion: which candidate has a better plan to reduce our oil consumption, replace it with viable alternatives, and spur innovation and commercial development of new technologies (and a new green-collar economy)?