Foreign Policy Blogs

Climate Change

Catching Up

There are a slew of stories that I have been scanning while I've been working on some other projects.  Here are some of them now. "The Washington Post" says Report Warns of a Much Warmer Northeast – Effects Could Be Disastrous, Says Two-Year Study.  As someone who grew up skiing on the blue ice of Vermont, […]

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"The Economist" on Congress and Energy

This week’s “Economist” has a leader (BritSpeak for editorial) and an article on the state of play in Congress on the energy bills and their relationship to climate change legislation. They are not complimentary.  The editorial, A pale shade of green, is off base in several ways.  I agree with some of what’s being said […]

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The Hill

I must say that sometimes the workings of our federal government’s legislative branch, properly known as Congress, aka The Hill, escape me. Certainly there are disparities in the proportional representation in the Senate which complicate things. That Wyoming (pop. 515 thousand) or Vermont (pop. 624 thousand) have the same number of representatives in the Senate […]

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Fireflies and the Earth

We are just back from a three-day weekend at the house of some friends in Columbia County, NY.  We took a half-day trip too over to visit a nursery school pal of my daughter whose parents are working at a theatre festival in an old Western New England college town.  The college is also my […]

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Green Building +

I've been preparing an article for the FPA on green building and coming up with some great stuff some of which I wanted to get out now.  There are some incredible projects out there and more on the drawing boards.  I've interviewed Kevin Hydes, chair of the World Green Building Council,  for the article.  (See […]

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Odds And Ends

Dingell v Waxman (and others) – Congressman John Dingell has been in the House of Representatives since 1956. He holds the seat held by his father from 1933 to 1955. If you want to follow the federal energy legislation wending its way through Congress, you have to know the players and John Dingell is near […]

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Midwest Renewable Energy Fair

I mentioned the superb work of RENEW Wisconsin and my old friend, Michael Vickerman, at Some Notes on Renewable Energy from April 30.  Michael has been kind enough to share his impressions from a recent major renewable energy event. ******* Random Thoughts from this Year's Renewable Energy Fair For some, turnout is the measure of […]

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House of Representatives

We looked at the Senate energy legislation from June 15 to 22. (See various posts below.) Now the ball is very much in the court of the House. Yesterday, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, led a press conference of leading Democratic committee chairs to “Announce America’s “Energy Independence Day’ Legislation.”  Frankly, the package, […]

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En Vacance

I'm on a short vacation now between the end of my daughter's school year and the beginning of day camp.  We're in the Florida Keys and the whole experience makes one mindful of a number of things:  technology, for one thing.  Checking destinations and flights out on the web, making reservations by phone (the old […]

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The Morning After

After I posted last night, the Senate came back for a late session in which they approved a complete package.  The final result was that the CAFE improvements were in, as was a huge boost in ethanol production and a requirement for ethanol use in vehicles, a frankly feel-good provision on price gouging was included, the tax […]

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Update on Congressional Action

Tax Package , An excellent bit of legislation came to a screeching halt on the Senate floor early this afternoon.  The Senate Finance Committee's tax package for energy (see my item on this in the previous post), and passed by them 14-6 just two days ago, was held from a final vote on the Senate […]

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Barry Commoner, another Legislative Update on Energy, plus Investment in Renewables

Barry Commoner , The "NY Times" has a great offering this week in its science section:  A Conversation With Barry Commoner – At 90, an Environmentalist From the '70s Still Has Hope.  In my post from April 5, Renewable Energy, I wrote "When I read Barry Commoner's The Politics of Energy, published in 1979, I […]

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Legislative Update

Dingell v Pelosi – This is from the Center for American Progress today: “Two senior House Democrats — facing opposition from their party’s top leader, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — have abandoned their legislative effort to block California and a dozen other states from regulating greenhouse gases from cars and trucks.” Energy in the Senate […]

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World Clean Energy Awards

The same folks who brought you the solar boat that crossed the Atlantic in May (see my post of May 14, Solar Boating and Green Building) have just had the inaugural "World Clean Energy Awards."  This prestigious event had worthy folks such as Amory Lovins and Nicky Gavron as jury members (both of whom have […]

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Miscellany

Energy in the Senate – Following up on my last post, on the energy debate in Congress, there were a couple of interesting developments yesterday. In the Senate, an amendment offered by John Warner of Virginia to allow offshore drilling was narrowly defeated. More importantly, an amendment offered by the ranking Republican on the Senate […]

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