Japan is building gas and coal plants to compensate for the shutdown of nuclear power plants, which should remind environmentalists to remain skeptical of nuclear energy as a climate solution, Ben Adler argues.
Environmental activists are warning that global efforts on climate change could falter if the Senate fails to pass cap-and-trade legislation this year. Environmentalists were responding to comments made Tuesday by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., regarding the chamber's busy schedule for the remainder of 2009. "We still have next year to complete things if we have to," Reid said.
The U.S. lags far behind other countries when it comes to the solar-panel industry. For the industry to thrive here, Thomas Friedman writes, there has to be nationwide certainty surrounding price, connectivity and regulation. And it should thrive here or we'll be dependent on China for our energy, he notes.
By 2030, India and China could be getting about one-fourth and one-half of their electricity, respectively, from wind energy, two studies found. The study about China notes that the country could get all its energy needs from wind, at least in theory.