No, Stopping Keystone is Important

Posted by on February 11th, 2014

By Matson Boyd
Tar Sands Before & After. Photo from Northern Rockies Rising Tide.
The long awaited State Department review of the Keystone pipeline plan has finally come out. It argues, essentially, that approval or denial of Keystone will have little impact on the climate, not because Keystone isn’t destructive (it is), but because the oil companies will just find a different way to export the tar sands oil out [...] read more >

Iowa Cornfield of Dreams

Posted by on July 5th, 2013

by Helen Scharber
In the 1989 movie Field of Dreams, Kevin Costner’s character famously builds a baseball field in Iowa that “reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again.”  In another field in Iowa, two decades later, agricultural researchers also found that what once was good—in this case, crop rotation as a natural way to fertilize soil and kill weeds—could be again.  And could be really [...] read more >

The EPA: A Phantom Menace

Posted by on August 30th, 2011
GOP claims EPA costs jobs

By Heidi Garrett-Peltier, CPE Staff Economist

Environmental regulations are not “job-killers” after all.
GOP claims EPA costs jobs

Polluting industries, along with the legislators who are in their pockets, consistently claim that environmental regulation will be a “job killer.” They counter efforts to control pollution and to protect the environment by claiming that any such measures would increase costs and destroy jobs. But these are empty threats. In fact, the bulk of the evidence shows that environmental regulations do [...] read more >

Good News! Drilling ANWR would save $0.02 per gallon, 10 years from now!

Posted by on May 24th, 2008

Just when you thought there would never be any good news about the economy, oil, or anything along comes this. McClatchey reports that a new report commissioned by Ted (“the internet is a series of tubes“) Stevens (R, Alaska) finds that drilling the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska would, in ten years, bring the price of a barrel of oil down by $0.75. Wow. At today’s prices [...] read more >

Is the Energy Bill Not-Insane?

Posted by on May 8th, 2008

J.S. at Environmental Economics seems to think so. Maybe. According to a NY Times piece the bill
would revoke $17 billion in tax breaks extended to big oil companies like Exxon Mobil Corp and slap a 25 percent windfall profits tax on firms that don’t invest in new energy sources.
My question is: will the Democrats grow a spine in time to pass such a bill, even in the face [...] read more >

Hidden taxes and even more hidden subsidies

Posted by on March 24th, 2008

BusinessWeek has a recent article about the new law requiring improvement in automobile and small truck fuel efficiency (“The Road to a Stronger CAFE Standard“). Among other things, the article describes how the law changes the way that the CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) measurement is calculated. Under the old CAFE calculation, fuel economy is measured separately for each auto manufacturer. Under the new calculation, all manufacturers will be measured together, and a trading scheme [...] read more >

Carbon labeling on my mind

Posted by on March 11th, 2008

[Crossposted at my work blog.]
BusinessWeek’s GreenBiz blog tipped me off to a recent BW article on carbon labeling. Carbon labeling means to label consumer products with an indicator of how much greenhouse gas was emitted in the production and distribution of each product to the point of having it on the shelf in front of the customer. The idea has been around for a while, but only recently have manufacturers (like Timberland shoes) [...] read more >

Too cool for words. Even YouTube barely does it justice.

Posted by on February 15th, 2008

Peter Barnes’ new book: Climate Solutions

Posted by on January 18th, 2008

My day job is as an assistant editor at Chelsea Green Publishing. I’ve been particularly excited about one book that we’ve been working on, Peter Barnes’ Climate Solutions: A Citizen’s Guide: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why. Well, it’s just shipped from the printer, so now’s your chance to get a copy and check it out.
[update] I just came across a little BusinessWeek article focusing on Barnes’ ideas for a carbon dividend. They don’t [...] read more >

BusinessWeek and Scientific American on the costs of addressing global warming

Posted by on January 12th, 2008

BusinessWeek says it probably won’t be all that costly.
Scientific American has some dudes debate the issue.
And don’t forget my own brilliant observations.