This Week's Blogosphere Soup
In D.C., lame ducks are going to be replaced by some new kids in town. Many of these congressional 'shmen are unabashed climate zombies. So what's the likelihood we'll see clean-energy legislation aboard this new ship of fools?
To one side, we say: if there's no price on carbon coming out of the 111th Congress and probably not the 112th Congress, still we can lower the cost of clean electricity generation and consumption to make projects price-competitive and economically rewarding. To the other side, we say: even if not everyone believes that climate change is a crisis, we all surely must believe that the American energy sector (including generation and consumption) needs to be secure, competitive with China and other countries, and attractive for the private sector investment that must produce job-creating economic recovery.
In Asia where they're poor, the cost of adjusting to the new higher sea level will mostly express itself in terms of massive refugee flows, flooding, starvation, violence, and death. Here in the United States we have the resources to conduct major population evacuations. So think repeated iterations of Hurricane Katrina rather than mass starvation.
-- The Washington Independent is no more.
-- Bill Gates has some opinions about the whole idea of China beating the U.S. in clean energy. "Energy innovation is not a nationalistic game."
-- Have a green yearning this Thanksgiving? Check out these tips.
-- The Chevy Volt wins the Automobile Magazine Automobile of the Year award.
-- Speaking of cars and such, are you rabid about bicycling? Hate cars? Get a load of this: "Parasitic bike pump steals air from car tires." Keep in mind, however, that under-inflated car tires hurt miles per gallon. Bad for the environment!
-- Brian Foley