The Yuc's on Us

The planned U.S. nuclear waste dump at Yucca Mountain in Nevada will cost billions more than previously estimated due to a hike in the amount of waste it will have to dispose of and inflation, the Energy Department said. At the same time, Presidential hopeful John McCain proposed building 45 new nuclear plants in the U.S. The Yucca Mountain program, which began in 1983 and is expected to close in 2133, is expected to cost $96.2 billion in 2007 dollars over its 150-year life cycle, up 67 percent from a 2001 estimate of $57.5 billion.

 

Friends of Coal, Friends of Coal Industry

Readers have asked us to take a look at a West Virginian organization calling themselves the “Friends of Coal.”

According to their website, the Friends of Coal is a “… volunteer organization that consists of both West Virginians and residents from beyond our borders.” Sounds all very grassroots. Just a group of citizens joining together to cheer on the glories of coal.

For a volunteer organization Friends of Coal are very well-heeled - how many volunteer groups have a sponsored race car, run television ads and send logo-ed frisbees to the troops in Iraq?

Paris Hilton's Energy Policy [video]

So who knew Paris Hilton was an energy pundit. Outside of her platform on offshore oil, I think she hits the nail on the head. But the whole painting the White House pink thing… not so much. Enjoy!

Ship's Logs Show "Natural" Climate Change - Maybe

The Denier Press is alive with versions of a story from the UK, showing that old ships' logs reported “a spell of rapid warming during the 1730s” - the implication being that if the earth warmed once by itself, it couldn't possibly be doing so today with the help of 6.6 billion humans.

That said, Lewis Page at The Register bites back with the observation that sailors in the 1730 - a group that doesn't include later record-keeping wizards like Admiral Nelson and Captain James Cook - didn't generally use thermometers to record temperatures, so the log survey relies instead on “consistent language” of the time.

McKinsey Report: $170 billion until 2020 to cool the planet

The McKinnsey Institute has released a new report finding that a $170 billion annual investment from now to 2020 could cut projected global energy demand in half and also get us halfway to solving the climate crisis. 

Here's the kicker, on top going a long ways to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the overall savings would from reduced energy use would be $900 billion by 2020 and none of the energy efficiency measures would require compromising the consumer’s comfort or convenience. And all this could be done with existing energy efficiency technology.

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