Blog — Climate Change

Iowa Lawmaker Combines Errands

Iowa State Senator Rob Hogg decided to combine errands.  Along with dropping his son off at Harvard, he felt the timing was right for delivering an important message to New England - about climate change.

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Yet Another Bone-Chilling Summer

In the Boston Globe this past Sunday, Leon Neyfakh argues for jettisoning what UC Berkeley architecture professor Gail Brager calls the "thermal monotony" of our air-conditioned lives.  It's well worth the read, if only to remind us how thermally resilient we all used to be.

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Wind News from the North

We've been hearing a lot about the perils of tapping Canadian tar sands, but our neighbor to the north has a happier story to tell about its growing commitment to wind energy.  There's enough installed wind power in Canada today to supply all the electricity needs of more than 1.2 million homes, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association, and that figure is expected to more than double by 2016.

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Mitt Romney's Energy Doublespeak

Mitt Romney's rallying cry for "clean coal" rings hollow when viewed in the context of his call for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to be stripped of its authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.  Since carbon dioxide emissions from coal plants are the greatest single contributor to U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, how does Romney propose to rein in these dangerous pollutants?  In an op-ed that appeared in the Des Moines Register on October 23, I look at this and other inconsistencies in Romney's energy posturing.  A similar version of this op-ed ran in CSRwire Talkback on October 24.

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Speed-Dating for the Mind

Last week took me to Chicago Ideas Week, described by its organizers as a "global hub for new ideas, an ecosystem for innovation and a playground of intellectual recreation."  I participated in a panel called "Energy: Scalable Solutions."  The experience felt like speed-dating for the mind: each speaker had exactly 12 minutes to lure the audience.

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NREL Study: Renewable Energy Can Provide 80% of U.S. Power by 2050

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has just released a study of enormous importance, affirming that we can draw 80% of our electricity from renewable power sources by mid-century, using presently available technologies and a more flexible grid. 

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Ground-level view of wind industry's growth

E&E reporter Nick Juliano covered Tuesday night's book event at the National Press Club, hosted by the Environmental Law Institute.

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Radio interview, April 30, 2012

Harvest the Wind made it onto the Napa Valley airwaves a few days ago, on KVON's Late Mornings with Jeff Schechtman

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Tilting for Windmills

An environmental lawyer goes on a cross-country quest seeking the substance behind the symbols heralding America's clean energy future. 

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Earth Day 2012 Q&A

On Earth Day 2012, my publisher Beacon Press asked me to to answer the question: "What is today's most pressing environmental issue?"  "How long?" I asked.  "One to two paragraphs," I was told.

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Creating a New Taxi

On April 2, the New York Times published my letter to the editor lamenting New York City's narrow focus in selecting the "Checker" of the future.

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Article in Guernica - Wind Power: America’s New Harvest

Unlike the battering that U.S. solar equipment producers have suffered at the hands of Chinese and other Asian competitors, America is well on its way to building a robust domestic manufacturing platform for wind.

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