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Reading The Czars

With  inauguration day in mind, there is no doubt President Obama has made excellent choices for his science and energy team, but as I wrote over at DeSmog, do not declare victory quite yet… There are also signs that the administration could falter when it comes to dealing with global warming in the strongest possible…

You can watch here, and here’s the embedded video: Topics discussed: Chris’s optimism vs. Carl’s skepticism on Obama’s science policy Weighing the costs of environmental regulation Stop the presses! Did NASA just discover life on Mars? The Sanjay Gupta controversy Carl predicts artificial life in 2009 The future for science writing Again, the whole thing…

Here’s the full video of the president elect’s naming of his energy and environment team. Steven Chu’s remarks are the most interesting, and to my mind sound like they were probably written by the man himself, at least initially, rather than by some PR manager. Man, times have changed…

Apparently it’s going to be Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory director Steve Chu. I heartily applaud the pick. It’s especially noteworthy that Chu has been a big proponent of action on global warming and clean energy. Here’s Chu endorsing ScienceDebate2008:

The Science Project

We recently penned an article together in the current issue of Mother Jones: As the rhetoric from the campaign trail demonstrates (remember the ad with John McCain at the wind-turbine factory?), nobody is against renewable energy. But no amount of green talk can change the fact that our economy is dangerously fossil-fuel based and foreign-energy…

Revving the Climate Policy Engine

Over at DeSmogBlog, I take a look at the events of this week and how they point to strong and dramatic action on global warming and energy early next year. In particular, it now appears that Barack Obama, Barbara Boxer, and Henry Waxman will be our triumvirate of policymakers who finally cap greenhouse gas emissions.…

Despite the economy, it appears some businesses continue booming. In July, we reported that Exxon Mobil posted a net income of $11.68 billion. Well, record broken. According to CNN, its third-quarter profit was $14.83 billion: The latest quarter’s net income equaled $1,865.69 per second, nearly $400 a second more than the prior mark. So new…

Change Begins With You

In my final post over at NexGen, I discuss how to conserve what we have. And while there are several layers, the most obvious begins with YOU. Because the truth is that personal decisions matter. Really. And like all those bumper stickers read, ‘Think Globally, Act Locally.’ Head over and read a few steps toward…

Our Energy Future

On September 25th, Nature magazine published ‘Choosing A Future,’ telling us more about where each presidential candidate stands on science related topics. And despite the humorous and uncanny similarities of the front and back covers, this is a very serious issue because it outlines some differences in their strategies. Not surprisingly, of particular interest to…

The Motion Of The Ocean

Over at NexGen, this week’s question asks about the likelihood of embracing tidal power: a form of hydropower that converts the energy of tides into electricity. Basically, we’re talking wind turbines located where there’s strong tidal flow. Sounds clean, and heck, I sure do like the ocean… but uh, I just don’t see this becoming…