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Candidates deserve credit for carbon proposals

Thomas Friedman is one of the most important national writers on green issues – maybe the most important. Which is why this quote from a recent column is so confusing: [N]one of the leading presidential candidates has offered an energy policy that would include a tax on oil or carbon that could trigger a truly transformational shift in America away… read more →

You know what they say…

From the 12/3/07 issue. Get your laffs in before Condé Nast orders us to take this down. You can buy a print of this cartoon here. Better yet, for free you can leave a comment letting us know what environmentally friendly behavior you find sexy. read more →

Decent energy bill poised for passage

A new energy bill is on its way, and -- mirabile dictu! -- it ain't bad. Some greens have grumbled about its shortcomings, but as David Roberts points out, for the first time in a long time there's more to celebrate than to criticize. Headlines: The first CAFE increases in over twenty years. American passenger vehicles will have to average… read more →

Fashion wakes up to climate change

The New York Times offers up a fairly strange article on how climate change is forcing fashion retailers to hire meteorologists to help predict and manage the effects of global warming on sales. Shifting seasonal temperature patterns, along with more highly variable weather, have been wreaking havoc with demand for winter clothing. So it makes sense that climate change is… read more →

Google searches for clean, cheap energy

Google continues to surprise and delight, most recently with the announcement of a program to develop one gigawatt of renewable electricity at a price cheaper than coal. One gigawatt is roughly enough electricity to power San Francisco. Not that the specific amount is what matters. Rather, the idea is to deliver clean electricity at industrial scale and at market-competitive prices.… read more →

Hanukkah 2007, light it up!

Once again it is almost time for Hanukkah, aka the Festival of Lights. So named for the Menorah which is lit each night of Hanukkah to honor the remarkable oil candle that lasted for a whole 8 days and nights. Not quite parting the seas, but still a nice little miracle. Last year, Salon magazine rightly pointed out that the… read more →

Belated Turkey Day conservation blogging

True story: My grandmother is on an energy-efficiency crusade. I called her on Thursday to wish her a happy Thanksgiving, only to get an earful of conservation tips. This is all on her own initiative. Although Ma knows that my work relates to climate change, she's unacquainted with this blog and fairly fuzzy on the details of what I do.… read more →

The salty, oily flavor of progress

Got a headache from all the recent back and forth over rhetoric and politics of climate change? Last week, Frito-Lay served up a refreshingly rhetoric-free reminder that the future is coming no matter what we might do to encourage (or stop) it. Under their net zero initiative, the salty snack behemoth will be taking an Arizona potato chip factory almost… read more →

Breaking: US midwest to launch regional cap-and-trade scheme

According to Point Carbon, Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle announced today that the midwestern states will join together in a regional cap-and-trade scheme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This hasn't hit any media outlets yet, so that's all I've got. If true, what percentage of the U.S. is now operating under some sort of mandatory carbon cap? All of the west… read more →

Wanna fund your own windmill? Got $100?

Social entrepreneurship is our unofficial theme this week. If $400 is too much to pay for a laptop, a Guatemalan wind turbine might be more your speed. I've recently had the pleasure of meeting the good folks at the San Francisco chapter of Engineers without Borders. Like other things-without-borders themed organizations, EWB is a non-profit professional association that donates its… read more →
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