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On the Denialists

On the Denialists

The distinguished economist William Nordhaus has a succinct and useful piece in the latest issue of the “NY Review of Books” that refutes the now mildly famous letter to the Wall St. Journal from 16 scientists from January.  (I am reminded of the famous quote from Erwin Chargaff about ...

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition

Climate and Clean Air Coalition

What could prove to be a critical component in the effort to successfully confront the climate crisis was launched today by Hillary Clinton at the State Department in Washington.  Secretary Clinton announced the formation of the “Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants.”  ...

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Your Own Facts

Your Own Facts

Leave it to Gary Trudeau to distill something to its basics.  God love him.  As Daniel Patrick Moynihan noted some time back, “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”  The science is settled.  And no, my Denialist friends, I am ...

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Here Come the Black Helicopters

Here Come the Black Helicopters

A comment came in recently asking me if I characterized American voters of being fanatics if they voted for and supported those politicians who fight, tooth and nail, against progress on confronting the climate crisis and fostering our transition to clean tech.  I said, “Um, yes.” Here’s ...

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California Rules

California Rules

How can you not love California if you’re an environmentalist?  I’ve lauded the Golden State a few times here for its forward-thinking, smart, and economically advantageous approach to power, transportation, planning, building and curtailing greenhouse gases.  The federal government has so many times taken California’s lead, ...

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Great Decisions Series on PBS

Great Decisions Series on PBS

GDTV is back on the air with a series of eight programs that encapsulate the issues rolled out this year for the Foreign Policy Association’s annual Great Decisions discussions.  These discussions take place in the many and far-flung FPA groups and also in classrooms across ...

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NOXL? Yes!

NOXL?  Yes!

So, the environmental movement drew the proverbial line in the sand:  no Keystone XL pipeline.  We’ve been fighting the tar sands for years, and will continue, but the Keystone XL has been the first clear solid rallying point and the first time in years that we greens have

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Energy and the Environment

Energy and the Environment

I went to an interesting event last week, the first of a four-part series:  Discourses on Nature and Society.  The discussion by a star panel of energy and environment experts was titled Energy for the Next 20 Years: Protecting the Environment and Meeting Our Demands.  The ...

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Obama Sends More Green Signals

Obama Sends More Green Signals

I’ve written a good number of times here about how I admire what the Obama Administration has achieved in the teeth of vigorous – some might say fanatical – opposition from Republicans on the Hill and elsewhere, as well as from Democrats too, mostly those beholden to the ...

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Climate and Energy Lists

Climate and Energy Lists

Having done the Year End Review, I’ve been looking a bit at some of the end of year/beginning of year lists lately and thought I’d share some of these.  (Sorry to have been off the air for so long, but I had final papers to evaluate, ...

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Reinventing Fire

Reinventing Fire

The final paper assignment for my class on energy and the environment at NYU’s MS in Global Affairs program this semester was to “…provide for all the energy needs of the world in the year 2050.”  I said “In the next 40 years, we will need to ...

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An “Agreed Outcome with Legal Force”

An “Agreed Outcome with Legal Force”

An agreed outcome with legal force – That’s the major aim of the conferees from the 17th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change that wrapped up its work this past weekend in Durban.  What that headline phrase signifies, according to

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Climate, Energy and Sustainability in 2011 – Year in Review

Climate, Energy and Sustainability in 2011 – Year in Review

The year is certainly not over yet – the annual international UN climate conference is ongoing in South Africa for the next ten days.  Nevertheless, here’s a quick look at what we’ve seen – and what we might expect in 2012. Casting back to my look at ...

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COP 17 in Durban

COP 17 in Durban

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) came into being at the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992.  The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP 17) to the convention got underway yesterday in Durban, South Africa.  There are 194 countries that are party ...

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NOXL

NOXL

As you undoubtedly know, thousands of people, young and old, descended on Washington on November 6th, ringed the White House and told the President that the Keystone XL pipeline was not in the best interests of either the US or the planet.  The fact of the ...

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