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Nuclear Renaissance (Not)

Nuclear Renaissance (Not)

The bad news keeps rolling in for the “nuclear renaissance” that has been much touted in recent years.  The relentless, heedless proponents of more nuclear have tried to bull their way forward, even in the aftermath of Fukushima.  Well, thankfully, and perhaps predictably, the democracies, at least, are saying no more, thank you, it’s well […]

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The Big Lie (Again)

The Big Lie (Again)

In an op-ed last week at the NY Times, Robert Bryce of the Manhattan Institute, reiterated the same old tired and tiresome nonsense about renewable energy:  It’s not good enough to get the job done.  As I’ve noted here a number of times, that particular Big Lie is easily refuted.  See 80% Renewable – The […]

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Glorious Food

I wrote last week about some of the ins and outs of food insecurity relative to climate change.  (Forgive me, not incidentally, for not writing so much or so often in recent weeks.  I’ve been finishing up a big writing project and I’ve been pretty focused on that.  It’s done, finally, as of this past […]

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Changing Climate Driving Food Shortages

Changing Climate Driving Food Shortages

There was a very important bit of reporting in the NY Times yesterday:  A Warming Planet Struggles to Feed Itself.  Among the most important things it does is illustrate quite clearly how the extremes of temperature and precipitation that are becoming the norm are negatively affecting agricultural production.  Productivity losses generate higher prices which, in […]

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Environmentalist to Commerce

Environmentalist to Commerce

It appears to me that President Obama has made another excellent choice for his administration for advancing the cause of clean tech and living up to the responsibility of fighting the climate crisis.  He has named John Bryson, a founder of the seminal environmental organization, the Natural Resources Defense Council, as the new Secretary of […]

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To Your Health

The PBS program, Need to Know, had an important segment recently on the implications for human health from climate change.  These are, unfortunately, many and various, and include disease vectors exacerbated by warming, allergies, health impacts from too much or too little water, and heat.  The show looked at a number of concerns, articulated by […]

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I was talking to a fellow sustainability geek the other day.  He was telling me about the new gadget, installed by his friendly, neighborhood electric utility, that very closely monitors his home energy use and gives vivid color readouts on just how much juice is being consumed.  You won’t be surprised to learn that he […]

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Clean Tech Money

Clean Tech Money

There’s a great blog on many things tech, including clean tech, called GigaOm, if you don’t know it.  I dropped in for a comment the other day on the estimable Katie Fehrenbacher’s piece about the recent LinkedIn IPO and its impact on clean tech finance.  She suggested that VC money would be migrating away from […]

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Green Britain

Green Britain

How green are the Tories? was the question from The Independent a few years back.  “Vote Blue, Go Green” said the Conservative leader, David Cameron.  Now he’s the PM and he’s backing up his words with actions.  His government’s announcement yesterday that it is going to halve the UK’s GHG emissions, relative to 1990 figures, […]

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America's Climate Choices

America's Climate Choices

“Action This Day” is what Winston Churchill demanded in his World War II memos.  That’s what the National Academies are calling for in their fifth and final report on America’s Climate Choices.  Their press release said the report, prepared by a blue-ribbon panel of the National Research Council, “… reiterated the pressing need for substantial […]

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Nippon Nukes New Nukes

Nippon Nukes New Nukes

That’s how I imagine Variety would have headlined last week’s very big news that Japan’s prime minister, Naoto Kan, is abandoning any push for new nuclear power and will make a concerted effort to promote renewables.  I lauded Germany’s Chancellor, Angela Merkel, when she made essentially the same decision in March.  A panel of experts […]

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Electric Trash Trucks

Here’s a nice quick hitter on electric trash trucks in Paris, the City of Love.  They’re quiet so you can run your collection routes at night thereby reducing traffic congestion considerably.  What’s not to love?

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80% Renewable – The Revolution in Energy

The Big Lie – or tired old axiom if you want to be polite – is that renewables can’t get the job done.  If you need to believe that, then you might as well believe that ignorance is strength.  As I noted here, and many times at this blog, renewables are blowing the doors down […]

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Energy Giants Getting Cleaner

Energy Giants Getting Cleaner

There have been a number of useful developments recently in which electric power utilities are showing that big-ticket programs are now and are going in the near future to make a difference. TVA – The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has announced that they are going to phase out 18 coal-fired power plants, replacing them with […]

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"The Big Grab" – The Tar Sands vs. The Rest of Canada

"The Big Grab" – The Tar Sands vs. The Rest of Canada

There is an important series well underway at the Vancouver Observer:  “The Big Grab.”  It’s about how the tar sands industry is forcing choices on Canadians that they would not otherwise have to make in the absence of all the activity in Alberta.  What’s particularly important about this series, it seems to me, is that […]

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