One wish of many Republicans and conservative voters seems certain to come true in the aftermath of the midterm congressional elections. There won't be any more sweeping reform legislation like the 2,000-plus page health care bill for a while.
If Republican leaders were serious -- and gutsy -- about using the Gulf oil spill as an opportunity to put the nation on a sane energy course, they'd pull out a little-noticed bill sponsored by Arizona's Jeff Flake and South Carolina's Bob Inglis and plop it atop their 2010 campaign book.
The newest cause on the radical fringe of environmentalism is opposition to geoengineering -- the large-scale manipulation of the Earth's climate, in an attempt to reverse global warming. Essential to the argument being made by the Hands off Mother Earth effort - dubbed HOME -- is the notion that planet-hacking, as I call it, might someday be done for profit.
In the next couple of weeks, lawmakers are expected to unveil an unprecedented climate change proposal that may open up more areas for offshore drilling and cut emissions through a cap on greenhouse gases and a tax on gasoline.
Even if world leaders haven't finished the job with the global accord produced at the Copenhagen climate talks, the summit was not a total bust. That's because negotiators there outlined a landmark deal aimed at making money grow on trees.
With Copenhagen climate talks looking stalled and the Senate mired in complicated eco-wrangling, is there a simpler way to get the U.S. to reduce the carbon emissions that most scientists blame for global warming?
Carbon trading -- with its mix of free-market principles and government regulation -- holds global appeal as a way for businesses to reduce emissions. But lack of a global market for carbon trade and questions over surveillance and accounting for pollution offsets raises questions about its viability.
Two market mechanisms within the Kyoto Protocol can help overcome the North-South divide, and help reach a solution between rich and poor nations while overhauling the world's energy industry and creating win-win solutions for the world economy.
The United Nations body in charge of managing carbon trading has suspended approvals for dozens of Chinese wind farms amid questions over the country's use of industrial policy to obtain money under the scheme.
Being chief sustainability officer of a giant chemical company is a big job, but not for all the reasons you may think. DuPont CSO Linda Fisher must work hard to minimize the company's environmental footprint, but even nonmanufacturing companies now realize that the challenge is greater than they had imagined.
The world's tropical forests are disappearing, and one reason is simple economics: People, companies and governments earn more by logging, mining or farming places such as the Amazon jungle than by conserving them.
Barack Obama promised universal health care and a mass conversion to green energy when he launched his presidential campaign. On that frigid February day in 2007, the economy was growing at a 2.8% clip. Obama stuck to the same promises a year later when he won Iowa, as the housing market was slumping into recession. And energy and health care were the twin pillars of his acceptance speech in Denver, 18 days before Lehman Brothers collapsed.
The aviation industry is often perceived as one of the bad guys in the climate change debate. As a mode of transport, flying is regarded as being particularly polluting because of the amount of fuel used at high altitude. And, it is estimated to be responsible for around 3.5 percent of global greenhouse emissions.
The House approved a sweeping energy and climate bill Friday which could for the first time usher in widespread government restrictions on greenhouse gases and help renewable energy become cost competitive with fossil fuels.
I often get asked what I do during my free time. The nature of this job is such that there really isn't much downtime. I usually work from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m., and spend a few hours catching up on e-mail when I get home.
Fortune held its second-annual Brainstorm Green conference last week at the Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, Calif. The mix of people from the worlds of sustainability, policy and senior management of Fortune 500 companies was nearly perfect, with the added juice of luminaries like Bill Ford (a longtime environmental "Bolshevik" - his word - of the auto world) and Bill Clinton, who unsurprisingly is well-versed and inspirational on the subject of constructive ways to improve the environment. Here is an updated and enhanced version of my observations from the conference.
As head of the EPA under Bill Clinton, Carol Browner earned a reputation as someone unafraid of standing up to big business. The politically savvy Browner, 54, is now tasked with streamlining and coordinating President Obama's environmental agenda in the newly created position of assistant to the President for energy and climate change. A protege of Al Gore, Browner, who is also a member of Obama's auto task force, finds herself at the intersection of energy policy, cap-and-trade legislation, and the battle to save Detroit.
Get ready for fireworks. As congressional Democrats begin drafting another bill regulating greenhouse gases, opponents are already saying it would cost millions of jobs amid the worst recession in decades.