Category Archives: Policy

Heartening news in the face of worsening climate change

Following on the heels of the IPCC special report and the National Climate Assessment, the news that the world’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels increased in 2018 can feel…

The danger ahead and the Green New Deal

The Fourth National Climate Assessment is the latest in a drumbeat of bad news about climate change. The numbers are clear, climate change is going to cause increasing amounts of…

A reading to share on Thanksgiving

If you’re looking for a good big-picture read on the state of climate change to share with friends and family this Thanksgiving, Bill McKibben’s latest article in the New Yorker…

Doom and hope

It’s been difficult to think about climate change during this time of deeply counterproductive practices and policies. Then the IPCC’s latest report came out. The impacts and costs of 2.7…

Don’t miss out on $26 trillion of savings!

Externalized costs are like the magician’s other hand. A skilled magician knows how to keep attention away from where the action is really occurring, which is to say where the…

Want negative carbon emissions? Keep older, diverse forests around

Growing and preserving forests is a more effective use of land for producing negative carbon emissions than Biomass Energy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS), according to a paper in…

Vox goes deep on climate change

David Roberts of Vox is on a tear. His lengthy, data-filled pieces on climate change and energy provide nuance and context, and paint clear pictures of complicated issues. Here are…

Renewables are here: don’t build that bridge!

Vox’s David Roberts has a nice article about what the falling costs of renewable energy mean for the notion of using natural gas as a “bridge” from coal and oil…

Reflecting on James Hansen

We have reached the 30 year mark of James Hansen’s landmark testimony to Congress about climate change. There’s been a lot of coverage about how strikingly accurate Hansen’s projections were….

Washington state closes in on carbon pricing

If, as they say, good judgment comes from experience, and experience comes from bad judgment, Washington state has been steadily improving its judgment in the area of carbon pricing legislation….