Tag: energy sprawl

Eight Myths and Challenges of Renewable Energy

Written by | March 21st, 2011

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Nature Conservancy lead scientist Joe Kiesecker takes a hard look at what it really means to produce green energy.

What’s the Role of Science for Advocacy?

Written by | November 5th, 2009

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As the “energy sprawl” idea has been discussed and debated in the media, I (one of the paper’s co-authors) have  grown a thick skin against criticism. Perhaps the harshest piece of invective, however, still bothers me: the criticism by Matt Wasson in the Huffington Post. The factual criticisms Matt makes aren’t that troublesome to me, […]

Cool Green Morning: Monday, November 2

Written by | November 2nd, 2009

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Orangutan-friendly palm oil sales are on the rise! Yah! Vandals are throwing the community bicycles of Paris into the Seine! Boo! Beware emotional whiplash in this roller-coaster edition of Cool Green Morning — just slip the buckle into the clasp and pull tight across your waist… Can long-range climate forecasting get good enough to help […]

The Lessons I’ve Learned From ‘Energy Sprawl’

Written by | September 17th, 2009

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Scientists want their research to inspire serious discussion of critical issues. So I’ve been encouraged by all the discussion in the press about the recent PLoS One paper I wrote with colleagues entitled “Energy Sprawl or Energy Efficiency: Climate Policy Impacts on Natural Habitat for the United States of America.” Still, it’s unsettling sometimes to […]

Cool Green Morning: Thursday, August 27

Written by | August 27th, 2009

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Could lions be extinct in Kenya within 20 years? Will Waxman-Markey help America kick its foreign oil habit? Are we at the Conservancy shamelessly self-promoting our new study on energy sprawl? Find out in this edition of the most essential green links you need today… check them out. Will the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill help reduce America’s dependence on […]

Energy Sprawl and The Importance of Fact

Written by | August 26th, 2009

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During a dinner several months ago, the former U.S. ambassador C. Boyden Gray pointed a gaunt finger at me and said: “You environmentalists dislike ethanol, therefore you must want people to die.” While rhetorically grand, the accusation made little sense in the content of our dinner discussion about the potential land-use impacts of large-scale ethanol […]

New Energy Production and Nature: What Will the Impacts Be?

Written by | August 26th, 2009

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Renewable energy is poised to be the wave of the future, but what impact will it have on landscapes and wildlife? In the United States, at least 67 million acres will be developed for new energy projects by 2030. While these projects — including wind, solar and biofuels — will help reduce carbon emissions and […]

Five Things I Learned About ACES in Five Minutes on Twitter

Written by | July 14th, 2009

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With Sarah Palin penning an incendiary op-ed in The Washington Post today on the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) this morning and the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works holding hearings on the bill, there’s plenty of tweet action on ACES today. Here are five things I learned about ACES in […]

Energy Conservation Can’t Reduce Energy Sprawl Completely

Written by | April 24th, 2009

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Chrissy Schwinn’s recent post called me to task for not talking enough in my first post about the role of personal energy conservation in reducing the amount of land impacted by new energy development. There is a tradeoff: Renewable energy generation, so crucial to meeting the goal of preventing catastrophic climate changes, takes more space […]

Energy Sprawl and U.S. Climate Policy

Written by | April 16th, 2009

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The fact that renewable energy takes more space than conventional energy isn’t an environmental paradox, just a trade-off society must face.

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