Muddled Thinking: preventing wasting energy is just as important as clean renewable energy

I have devoted several essays on this web log to my views on what is a clean renewable source of energy and what is a dirty renewable energy source. A clean source is one that creates very few emissions and pollutants in its life cycle and a dirty source is one that creates many pollutants in its lifecycle and use. Continue reading

Giving the EPA more powers does not threaten the Constitution

Some folks in the United States of America are getting upset about measures which are proposed to give the Environmental Protection Agency (the EPA) more authority to grant permits and regulation greenhouse gas emissions. It is claimed that not only would these measures bring an end to economic activity as we know it, but that they would also threaten the constitutional separation of powers. Continue reading

The EPA’s greenhouse gas registry – the thin end of a wedge we need to employ

Mr Obama’s administration is starting well and positively on its climate change policies. Old ideas which were left to remain on the drawing board and now going through a gestation process, which may produce some real measures to combat climate change. A proposal to require the registration of greenhouse gas emissions, ignored and sidelined by Mr Bush, is now being resurrected by the new President’s team.

A case in point is the United States Environmental Protection Agency, which has announced plans to create a US register on which businesses that create greenhouse gases would be obliged to file reports of their emissions. Continue reading