Get outside the beltway to change the climate debate

The National Journal Energy Experts blog asked this week whether we need to rethink the global warming debate, given the gridlock in Congress. My response is, by all means, we need to change the debate about climate change. But that starts well beyond the Beltway, where farmers, coastal residents, small-town mayors and others are feeling its impact – and are seeing the opportunities in a clean energy future.

Hurricane season just around the corner

Hurricane season officially starts June 1 and it looks like a busy one in the Atlantic.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) expects a well above-average hurricane season with 13 to 20 named storms. Seven to 11 of them could develop into hurricanes and three to six of those could be major (defined as category 3 or higher).  The average over about the past 30 years is 12 named storms, six hurricanes, and three major hurricanes per season.

Clean Energy Steps: Necessary but not sufficient for climate action

I recently replied to a question on the National Journal blog on whether small legislative measures will be effective in fighting climate change.

You can read responses at the National Journal.

Here is my response:

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Today's brainteaser

I recently replied to a question on the National Journal blog on what technology innovations mean for Washington.

You can read responses at the National Journal.

Here is my response:

Global temps are still above average

Some skeptics have seized on a recent article in The Economist noting an apparent “hiatus” in global warming to argue that climate change is a fiction and efforts to address it are misguided. Those interpretations, which were voiced by some representatives at a recent House hearing on climate science, misrepresent both the article and the science it examines.

So what are the facts?