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More Bits and Bobs (Autumn Edition)

Here's a smattering of recent articles that are not uninteresting. The estimable Fiona Harvey, on the environmental beat for the "FT," has a good overview and analysis of the meetings last week in Washington on climate change – Yo, Kyoto.  She has some of the same sort of barbed quotes I referenced in my last […]

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Irresistible Quotes on White House Meetings

This pungent article from yesterday's "NY Times," At Climate Meeting, Bush Does Not Specify Goals, has some quotes too good to miss.  (It also has an insightful "Back Story" from the reporter, John Broder.  It's a great four-minute interview.  Plus, there's a link at the article to excellent coverage on the presidential candidates' views on […]

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More Climate Change Talks

While the White House was hosting talks in Washington, Bill Clinton had world leaders and worthies of every stripe in New York talking about, among other things, climate change.  The indispensable "Financial Times" has considerable coverage here on the Energy & Climate Change discussions at the Clinton Global Initiative 2007.  The "FT" has ongoing coverage […]

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Coverage of UN Climate Change Summit

There were about 1,300 articles listed by Google on the UN climate talks in New York.  (See previous post under "UN Climate Summit.")  Here's the take from the "FT" today – UN chief upbeat after climate forum.  Ban Ki-moon said:  "Action is possible now and it makes economic sense. The cost of inaction will far […]

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Bits and Bobs , Autumn Edition

Yesterday was the first day of fall.  It's been gorgeous weather where we live, in NYC.  I haven't been out as much as I'd like because I've been hugely busy with a new teaching gig.  This is hard work it turns out.  For all you teachers out there:  Salute!  So, let me try to get […]

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Carbon Tax , Another Voice

Carbon Tax , Another Voice

As noted immediately below, a leading British Conservative Party voice on taxes has (eloquently) explicated their view on “green taxes” , here we’re calling them carbon taxes. I also pointed out John Dingell’s manifesto on this recently. See Big John. Now a leading Republican Party economist, N. Gregory Mankiw, has stated, and quite unequivocally, why […]

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"Oh, to be in England"

Well, over there you have three major political parties fighting and clawing with each other to prove who’s got the better energy and environmental plans.  Over here, you’ve got two parties who seem to compete with each other at times to see who can hold us back.  I quoted Bill McKibben in my inaugural post […]

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Energy Bill Conference Committee

In the immortal words of Daffy Duck:  "What a revolting development this is!"  In a depressing "NY Times" article from yesterday, Hopes Dim for Measures to Conserve Energy, we are told "The prospect of a comprehensive energy package's emerging from Congress this fall is rapidly receding, held up by technical hurdles and policy disputes between […]

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More on Biofuels

More on Biofuels

The influential Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) "brings together the governments of countries committed to democracy and the market economy from around the world to support sustainable economic growth, boost employment, raise living standards" and other worthy pursuits.  An "FT" headline from early this week proclaimed:  OECD warns against biofuels subsidies.  The OECD's […]

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APEC

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation or APEC is a grouping of countries that is "the premier forum for facilitating economic growth, cooperation, trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region."  APEC's 21 Member Economies are: Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; People's Republic of China; Hong Kong, China; Indonesia; Japan; Republic of Korea; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New […]

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Big John

“Kind of broad at the shoulders, narrow at the hip. And everybody knew you didn’t give no lip to Big John.”* I’ve written about and referenced House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair, John Dingell, a good number of times here. He’s the second-longest serving Congressman ever, highly respected and often feared. There’s a fascinating piece […]

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Bits and Bobs – Post Labor Day Edition

I’ve been in the throes of several big changes the past couple of weeks, one of which, moving our household, has been a bear. I’ve not been lolling around on the beach as I hope many of you have, or hiking, or touristifying in some wonderful, pleasant place. There certainly have been boatloads of tourists […]

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Meetings and Treaties

In December of this year, formal negotiations will begin on a successor to the Kyoto Protocols which expire in 2012.  Right now in Vienna, parties are meeting to help prepare for what should be Homeric efforts over the course of the next two or three years.  See this from Reuters and for much more comprehensive […]

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Biofuels , Boon or Bane?

I've written about the controversy regarding biofuels a couple of times.  There appears to be, in a nutshell, considerable controversy over whether the stampede to cultivate crops for use as feedstock for fuel is a good thing or a bad thing.  Back in May, I reported on a blockbuster report from the prestigious "Foreign Affairs" […]

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Hurricane Season

With Hurricane Dean going to slam into the Yucatan tonight, with winds now at 150 mph and maybe intensifying, it's not a bad time to consider some of the discussion about hurricanes.  (If you like to track hurricanes, there's no better place than the National Hurricane Center, with its terrific graphics and its up-to-the-hour information.) […]

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