Low gas prices: a climate-destroying trap?

A scholar, Ruth Greenspan Bell, and Max Rodenbeck, a former Middle East editor for The Economist, argue in an op-ed in today's Los Angeles Times that the drop in oil prices has as much to do with keeping the U.S. addicted to oil, not to mention defeating climate-saving initiatives, as it does with anything else. Continue reading “Low gas prices: a climate-destroying trap?”

California spurred to change by Gulf oil spill; Californians, not so much

Fascinating duo of stories in today's papers. In the Los Angeles Times, news that the Governor and the California Legislature are moving into high gear on an ambitious renewable energy standard, supported (yes!) by major utilities. In the words of our Gov: "One needs only to look to the Gulf of Mexico and the tragedyContinue reading “California spurred to change by Gulf oil spill; Californians, not so much”

Oil spill disaster will help energy bill in Senate — right?

Although it has yet to fully emerge into the light of day, chances of passage of a Senate bill on energy and cimate, authored by Democrats John Kerry and Joe Lieberman, with the assistance of lone Republican Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and the White House, should in theory be improved.  But as Tom TolesContinue reading “Oil spill disaster will help energy bill in Senate — right?”

Kurt Vonnegut: No One’s Thinking about the Future

From the late great Kurt Vonnegut, a brief comment on climate change, via Dan Bloom. (The drawing below is signed by Vonnegut, though it doesn’t show up well.)   DAVID BRANCACCIO: The planet is sort of trying to shed us as if we are some sort of toxin. KURT VONNEGUT: Look, I’ll tell you. It’sContinue reading “Kurt Vonnegut: No One’s Thinking about the Future”