Imagine you have just been pulled over for exceeding the speed limit. The officer explains that the penalty for speeding decreases with engine size. Why? Because it is relatively more … Continue Reading On the inefficiency of fuel efficiency standards
Last week, Severin posted a great piece on household electricity consumption. Armed with a simple metering device and your energy bill, you can easily measure how your various household appliances … Continue Reading Cap-and-Trade Throws a Wrench into the Gears of Green Consumerism
Natural gas is being touted as a “game changer” and a “bridge to a low carbon economy.” It is an abundant, made-in-America energy source. It is about half as carbon … Continue Reading Natural gas: Not all it’s fracked up to be?
“Cutting carbon pollution from power plants” is the first item on President Obama’s 2013 Climate Action Plan. The first milestone in this effort involves setting carbon dioxide emissions standards for … Continue Reading Much ado about nothing?
Last week, the Washington Post reported that solar panels are being installed on the White House roof. Or, more accurately, re-installed. Jimmy Carter installed a solar thermal system on this roof … Continue Reading Solar panels (and energy efficiency) at the White House
When President Obama blocked approval of the Keystone XL pipeline to transport oil from the Canadian oil sands to the Gulf Coast back in 2012, the Canadian government took notice. The Foreign … Continue Reading British Columbia says no to iconic pipeline. Should Obama follow suit?
Last week brought some sobering news from the Mauna Loa Observatory where the Keeling family has been dutifully recording atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide since 1958. On May 9, measured … Continue Reading 400 ppm and the rising cost of climate change