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Reid Detchon

Reid Detchon

Reid Detchon is vice president for energy and climate at the United Nations Foundation. He also serves as executive director of the Energy Future Coalition, a broad-based non-partisan public policy initiative focused on oil dependence, climate change, and global energy poverty.

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Whatever works, just do it

The period from January to May was the warmest on record. Hello! Whether Congress or EPA, the only path that is unacceptable is inaction.

By Reid Detchon | June 17, 2010; 07:34 PM ET | Comments (3)

Another 2x4 to the head

If the oil spill serves to overcome the political inertia in Congress and spur some of these needed steps on energy policy, then and only then will the legacy of the Deepwater Horizon be anything other than an unmitigated catastrophe.

By Reid Detchon | June 6, 2010; 10:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Use gas to phase out coal

Natural gas is the forgotten resource in America's energy debate.

By Reid Detchon | May 27, 2010; 11:13 PM ET | Comments (1)

Ignore the bumps in the road

There is no way on earth that immigration reform is going to be enacted this year.

By Reid Detchon | April 29, 2010; 11:26 PM ET | Comments (4)

Smart option - or smart gesture?

Nuclear energy produces almost no greenhouse gas emissions and has a good track record of reliability in this country. But it is a very expensive way to boil water.

By Reid Detchon | February 11, 2010; 10:24 AM ET | Comments (6)

Dust in the Air

Climate science is as complex and intricate as the world itself. It combines findings from many different disciplines that study the Earth's water, land and air.

By Reid Detchon | January 26, 2010; 09:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

We're Going Down a One-Way Street

This is not a scientific question, it is an ethical or moral one. We are compromising the future of the environmental system that sustains us -- reducing the number and variety of species, acidifying the ocean, and eventually drowning our seacoasts. We will bequeath to our children a poorer planet, one less able to support them with abundance, than the one we inherited.

By Reid Detchon | January 6, 2010; 08:35 AM ET | Comments (5)

Measuring political success

Through the lens of science -- against the scale of the climate threat and the urgency of action to transform the world's energy systems -- the outcome of the UN negotiations was disappointing indeed.

By Reid Detchon | December 23, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

What's at stake for Republicans

Only the future of the party. Climate change is not going away, it's getting worse. Its impacts will grow in severity for the rest of our lives, and before long, being against climate change legislation will seem unthinkably wrongheaded --...

By Reid Detchon | November 2, 2009; 11:09 PM ET | Comments (7)

The Cost of Being Wrong

"If we can't predict the weather," one might ask, "how can we predict the climate?" Let me answer with another question: "If we can't predict the waves, how do we predict the tides?" It may seem easier to get the...

By Reid Detchon | October 13, 2009; 11:40 PM ET | Comments (18)

Challenge Equals Opportunity

Three countries have been seen as potential obstacles to success in Copenhagen - the United States, India, and China - but there are signs of change.  The U.S. is considering both legislation and regulation to bring emissions under control.  China...

By Reid Detchon | October 5, 2009; 01:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

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