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Greening the Export-Import Bank

The appropriations omnibus bill just passed through Congress “recommends that the Export-Import Bank provide 10 percent of its financing capacity to promote the export of clean energy products and services.” This was a recommendation by many groups...

Posted January 2, 2008    

Hansen’s op-ed advice to Massachusetts

An opinion piece by our top climate scientist is always worth reading: THE EARTH is close to passing climate change “tipping points.” Greenhouse gases released in burning fossil fuels are nearing a level that will set in motion dangerous effects,...

Posted January 2, 2008    

Rep. Jay Inslee on the year ahead

Now that our New Year’s Eve party hats are put away, its time to look to the next year in the battle against global warming. In the year 2007, some good things did indeed happen on this front. Measures significantly improving car mileage...

Posted January 2, 2008    

Top 10 global warming stories of 2007

What events or actions had the most positive or negative impact on the likelihood that the nation and the world will act in time to avoid catastrophic warming? Here are my picks: #10. Over a barrel: Oil nearing $100. Technically not a global...

Posted January 1, 2008    

New Years Resolution #47: Get the real facts out on liquid coal

#1. Pilates #2. More blogging, less TV #3. Less blogging, more time with daughter [The more resolutions, the more chances I’ll keep a few.] … Re #47. In case Climate Progress didn’t have enough to blog on in 2008, now comes this story from...

Posted December 31, 2007    

Sea levels may rise 5 feet by 2100

A recent Nature Geoscience study, “High rates of sea-level rise during the last interglacial period,” (subs. req’d) finds that sea levels could rise twice what the IPCC had project for 2100,. This confirms what many scientists...

Posted December 31, 2007    

More on White House overruling EPA staff

Shortly after the energy bill raised CAFE standards, EPA administrator Stephen Johnson announced the EPA was denying California’s application to regulate vehicle greenhouse gas emissions. This was widely reported in...

Posted December 30, 2007    

Parting company with McKibben and, maybe, Hansen

The nation’s top climate scientist, NASA’s James Hansen, apparently now believes “the safe upper limit for atmospheric CO2 is no more than 350 ppm,” according to an op-ed by the the great environmental writer Bill McKibben. Yet while preindustrial...

Posted December 29, 2007    

Papua New Guinea loses the moral high-ground

Everyone at Bali cheered when the Papua New Guinea delegate dissed the Bush team: “We seek your leadership. But if for some reason you are not willing to lead, leave it to the rest of us. Please get out of the way.” Oh, snap! [Sorry, couldn’t...

Posted December 28, 2007    

China to develop clean energy, but keep burning coal

Okay, reports that China might be ready to freeze greenhouse gas emissions were very premature. The government just released a 44-page report on energy resources. The bottom line: China promised Wednesday to develop renewable energy for its fast-...

Posted December 27, 2007    

Switch to Corn Promotes Amazon Deforestation

Corn ethanol has many flaws and is, at best, not a substantial climate solution, as we’ve seen. Now Science magazine has published a letter from William F. Laurance of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute casting yet more doubt on our corn...

Posted December 27, 2007    

The Best of Climate Progress — Spring 2007

As with The Best of Climate Progress — Winter 2007, I’m hoping to save new readers time by culling the archives myself. It’s my version of a clip show: One more Hansen (et al.) must read — What is “dangerous” human interference with climate? The...

Posted December 26, 2007