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Richard Bell: Gore Stays Cool on the Hot Seat

24 Mar 2007
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Al Gore’s appearance before committees in the House and the Senate on Wednesday was a strictly schizophrenic affair: some moments were an unmitigated love fest, as members welcomed back one of their own, Gore having served on both the House and the Senate committees holding the hearings. But alternating with these heapings of praise were the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune frantically flung by the Republican minority in a desperate effort to tear down Gore personally and discredit his policy message.
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Richard Heinberg's Museletter #178: Five Axioms of Sustainability

23 Mar 2007
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My aim in this essay is to explore the history of the terms sustainable and sustainability, and their various published definitions, and then to offer a set of five axioms (based on a review of the literature) to help clarify the characteristics of a durable society. ...

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Richard Heinberg's Museletter #177: Bridging Peak Oil and Climate Change Activism

23 Mar 2007
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The problems of Climate Change and Peak Oil both result from societal dependence on fossil fuels. But just how the impacts of these two problems relate to one another, and how policies to address them should differ or overlap, are questions that have so far not been adequately discussed. ...

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Richard Heinberg's Museletter #179: Burning the Furniture

22 Mar 2007 | |
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A soon-to-be-released study by the Energy Watch Group in Germany on the future of global coal supplies has implications so surprising and far-reaching that energy policymakers may take years to digest it. This essay is intended to help speed that process. The report’s central conclusions are that minable global coal reserves are much smaller than is commonly thought, and that a peak in world coal production is likely within only ten to fifteen years.

Richard Bell: The Auto Empire Rolls On

19 Mar 2007
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The automakers rolled out their biggest guns on Wednesday, March 14 for a hearing of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Energy and Air Quality on the blandly titled topic of “Climate Change and Energy Security: Perspectives from the Automobile Industry.” The hearing would more honestly have been entitled, “Should We Raise Fuel Economy Standards or Do Something Else? –Anything Else!”
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Richard Heinberg Speaks to European Parliament

16 Mar 2007
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On February 27 I had the extraordinary opportunity to meet with three members of the European Parliament, and to address a session of the Parliamentary Trade Committee on the subject of Peak Oil.
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Richard Bell: Will Climate Change Destroy the Atmosphere?

26 Feb 2007
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I know that some of you reading this item may be under the mistaken impression that the world's atmospheric scientists have reached a general consensus that there might be something to this claim that humans are putting so much extra CO2 into the atmosphere that the planet is heating up.
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Richard Bell: "Don’t Build It and They Will Come": The Evolving West

22 Feb 2007
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Watching a new paradigm about energy and climate change grabbing hold in the U.S. Congress is a fascinating sight, even if the process is still agonizingly slow in comparison to the rate at which the world is changing.

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February News 2007

22 Feb 2007
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February was a big month for climate change at the U.S. Congress, and Post Carbon’s Communication Director Richard Bell has been covering the latest hearings. The highest profile hearing was in mid-February, featuring Sir Nicholas Stern, author of the last fall’s highly influential Stern Review of The Economics of Climate Change.
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Richard Bell: Stern Stern on Climate Change at Senate Hearing

08 Feb 2007
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Climate report author Sir Nicholas Stern lays down the law at a U.S. Senate hearing: the costs of inaction on climate change will be far higher than the costs of acting today. No more excuses.