Blizzards and climate change – stop trying to connect those dots

The harder climate change believers try to blame blizzards such as this week’s Nor’easter on global warming or climate change, the more muddied the debate becomes and more difficult it is to make a case for action. While there appears to be a very long-term connection between the severity of weather events and climate change, […]

$100 oil is coming – how high will it go?

As oil prices approached $92-a-barrel, several reports point to oil prices rising above $100 per barrel and $4-per-gallon gasoline in some parts of the country this winter. The reasons include: 1. The Federal Reserve pumping money into the economy. “There’s really not a whole lot keeping the price of crude oil from going above $100 […]

‘The only real salvation must involve coal’ – James Fallows. Oh really?

MUST READ – IF YOU MUST If anything, the “Dirty Coal, Clean Future” piece in the December issue of The Atlantic by James Fallows is a must read because it does one of the better jobs of illuminating the daunting challenges the world faces trying to curb harmful carbon emissions. And one of those is […]

Upton vs. Wall Street and EPA’s greenhouse gas emissions standards plan

Fred Upton, the incoming Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, essentially declared war on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s just-announced plan for setting limits on harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from power plants and oil refiners. “We will not allow the administration to regulate what they have been […]

Shale gas boom is THE energy story of 2010; what it means for renewables

While it poses numerous threats to groundwater, the production of Marcellus shale gas is changing just about every dimension of the U.S. energy outlook. In the recently released summary of its 2011 projections, The U.S. Energy Information Administration increased its estimate of U.S. natural gas supply pointing to a continuing low price per million cubic […]

Cancun Agreements – worth the emissions?

The COP16 climate meeting in Cancun concluded with a rough consensus that no real progress was made toward a global pact that can put industrialized AND developing countries on a path to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. The talks did keep the process alive and able to move forward. Here are selective dispatches from Cancun: […]

Nuclear plant closures & indefinite delays – the growing tally

During the past few months alone, three of America’s largest nuclear power plant operators — Exelon, Dominion and Constellation Energy — have announced they are either closing a nuclear generating station early or not continuing their immediate pursuit Federal loan guarantees needed to make the economics work for “next generation” plants they’ve been contemplating. The […]

Natural gas and renewable energy firms in pact targeting lower carbon energy

Natural Gas Supply Association President (NGSA) R. Skip Horvath and Michael T. Eckhart, President of the American Council On Renewable Energy(ACORE),  today told conference goers in Washington, DC their Boards of Directors have verbally agreed to explore how their members can push hard for lower U.S. carbon energy portfolio. “We have a verbal agreement to […]

EVs, efficiency, offshore wind are driving U.S. clean tech job creation

With a bit of interpretation from yours truly, here’s a quick read on this year’s Clean Edge report on ‘Clean Tech’ job trends: 1. Clean-tech jobs are spouting in Mexico, not just China. It’s proximity to North American markets begs for more investment there. 2. Feed-in-fariffs are boosting renewable energy apptetites, but payment formulas can make progress unsustainable. Check out […]

What do COP16, Al Gore & Grist have in common?

Answer: each is falling short of and/or pulling back in its bid to combat the harmful effects of climate change. COP16 (the 16th meeting of the U.N. Conference of the Parties) is concluding its work in Cancun without accomplishing anything of significance to get the world’s major nation’s to agree on how to reduce greenhouse […]