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Thomas Paine Would Have Loved Van Jones

Thursday, 17 September 2009, 12:00 pm | Kelpie Wilson

It's been a nail-biting time for liberals, wondering if President Obama would have the strength to take on the right-wing bullies who ran amok in our public life throughout August's Congressional recess. It was a relief to hear the president in his health ... More >>

Peak Oil and Politicians

Monday, 19 May 2008, 11:05 am | Kelpie Wilson

In 1956, M. King Hubbert, a petroleum geologist with Shell Oil, presented a paper to the American Petroleum Institute that predicted US oil production would peak in the early 1970s and then follow a declining curve, now known as Hubbert's curve. ... More >>

Why More Food Is Not the Answer

Wednesday, 23 April 2008, 10:59 am | Kelpie Wilson

With food riots across the globe in the news, the immediate cause of food shortages is simply this: grain prices have doubled over the last year and poor people can no longer afford to buy enough food. There is no one single cause for the price rise; ... More >>

Kelpie Wilson: Dance of the Oil Fairies

Saturday, 5 April 2008, 11:43 am | Kelpie Wilson

On April Fools' Day, the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming invited executives from the five biggest US oil companies to answer questions about high gas prices, oil company profits and the future of oil. Executives from ... More >>

Kelpie Wilson: The Rising Price of Coal

Sunday, 23 March 2008, 3:36 pm | Kelpie Wilson

As the global energy/climate crisis deepens, coal has become the starkest symbol and most telling measure of our predicament. Coal produces more carbon emissions than other energy sources - more than twice that of natural gas per unit of energy ... More >>

Coming Soon - The Carbon Economy

Wednesday, 5 March 2008, 3:56 pm | Kelpie Wilson

By refusing to sign on to the Kyoto climate treaty, Americans have insulated ourselves from the complexities of the carbon market the European Union has been trading in for the last three years. But that state of ignorance, while not exactly blissful, ... More >>

The Widening Chasm on Energy

Wednesday, 12 December 2007, 1:49 pm | Kelpie Wilson

Last Thursday, the US House of Representatives passed, by a 235-181 vote, the Energy Independence and Security Act. This new energy bill includes measures that would increase car fuel mileage, restore taxes on Big Oil to pay for investments in solar, ... More >>

Kelpie Wilson: Waiting for the Energy

Saturday, 13 October 2007, 5:19 pm | Kelpie Wilson

Conventional wisdom among environmentalists today says it would be unwise to pass a major climate change bill too soon. As long as the Bush veto looms and Republicans retain the filibuster club in the Senate, any climate change bill that passes through ... More >>

Bush Gets Dinner While Protesters Fast

Friday, 28 September 2007, 1:38 pm | Kelpie Wilson

More than 80 heads of state met at the UN on Monday to discuss the launch of post-Kyoto climate negotiations. Although this was the most high-level UN meeting yet held on the global climate emergency, President Bush refused to attend. He did, however, ... More >>

Truthout Interview: Leonardo DiCaprio's Hour

Sunday, 19 August 2007, 9:55 am | Kelpie Wilson

As a celebrated actor, Leonardo DiCaprio has had many hours in the media sun, but mere celebrity does not seem to be enough for him. He also wants to change the world, and he has created a new documentary called "The 11th Hour" with that revolutionary ... More >>

Kelpie Wilson: Paying the Peak Oil Power Bill

Saturday, 4 August 2007, 2:13 pm | Kelpie Wilson

Sometime this week, the House will vote on a new "energy independence" bill designed by the Democrats. Even though Congress just passed an omnibus energy bill in 2005, there is growing agreement on both sides of the aisle that the need for "energy security" ... More >>

Wilson: Global Warming Bush, How to Call His Bluff

Sunday, 10 June 2007, 4:10 pm | Kelpie Wilson

So G.W. Bush has had his conversion. He now believes global warming is a danger and we ought to do something about it. Call him Global Warming Bush. More >>

Kelpie Wilson: Kookaburra in the Coal Mine

Thursday, 31 May 2007, 11:08 am | Kelpie Wilson

A recent trip to Australia to cover a conference on agrichar allowed me to see the Australian drought crisis on the ground and talk to a few Australians about their thoughts on climate change. Agrichar is an agricultural technique that sequesters ... More >>

Kelpie Wilson: For the Love of Whales

Thursday, 31 May 2007, 9:59 am | Kelpie Wilson

Once again, in what has become an annual rite, Japan, Iceland and Norway will try, at the meeting of the International Whaling Commission this week, to overturn the international ban on hunting whales, while a global coalition of whale lovers urges ... More >>

Kelpie Wilson: Climate Change Despair, Empowerment

Thursday, 24 May 2007, 12:10 am | Kelpie Wilson

In Australia a few weeks ago I had hoped to connect with my old friend John Seed, but learned that he would be traveling in the US doing a road show on climate change despair and empowerment until May 20. His tour schedule is here . More >>

Wilson: Global Warming Challenges the Unitary Exec

Tuesday, 17 April 2007, 11:37 am | Kelpie Wilson

On April 2, 2007 the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of the State of Massachusetts in the landmark global warming case, Massachusetts v. EPA. Environmentalists were pleased that the high court ruled on the merits of the case, agreeing that carbon ... More >>

Kelpie Wilson: Detroit Should Thank the Supremes

Tuesday, 10 April 2007, 11:29 am | Kelpie Wilson

On Monday, the US Supreme Court, in Massachusetts v. EPA, produced what some are calling its most important environmental ruling in a generation, telling the EPA that unless it determines that global warming causes no harm, it must begin regulating ... More >>

Kelpie Wilson: Wearing My Hair Shirt

Friday, 30 March 2007, 10:57 am | Kelpie Wilson

Al Gore is really doing it, bringing climate awareness to the doorsteps of opinion makers and forcing them to consider all of its implications. Of course, no good deed ever goes unpunished in this country. More >>

Kelpie Wilson: Al Gore and the Wedges Game

Monday, 26 March 2007, 3:24 pm | Kelpie Wilson

Whether they realize it or not, policymakers dealing with energy and climate issues are now deeply engaged in the wedges game. What is the wedges game? It is a useful way of thinking about how to replace energy technologies that produce greenhouse ... More >>

Kelpie Wilson: Boxed In by a Polar Bear

Monday, 12 March 2007, 2:32 pm | Kelpie Wilson

Polar bears, those cute, cuddly, white furry animals of the north, are actually one of the world's most formidable predators. They are the only bear species known to stalk and kill human beings for food. More >>

 

 

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