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Good snowstorm reads and videos (for energy wonks)

By Juliet Eilperin

If you're going to be snowed in anyway, and happen to be obsessed with climate and energy policy, here are a few things worth perusing.

The centrist think tank NDN has released a new report on how to transform the nation's electricity system, called Electricity 2.0: Unlocking the Power of the Open Energy Network. Michael Moynihan, the report's lead author and the director of NDN's Green Project, said everyone who's waiting for a renewable energy revolution in America has not grasped how the current regulatory framework is standing in the way.

"This is a serious roadblock we can't ignore," Moynihan told a group of experts and reporters at lunch Thursday.

If watching political attack videos is more your style, check out the new $2 million campaign that has just launched. It targets a group of House and Senate members in seven states, including South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois, arguing that failing to support climate and energy legislation undermines national security by heightening our dependence on foreign oil. They even feature alleged Christmas Day want-to-be bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab.

If you're more in the mood for a racy romance novel, check out the new publication of the U.N. International Governmental Panel on Climate Change chairman, Rajendra Pachauri. It's called Return to Almora.

And if you prefer numbers crunching, and want to look at how all of the pledges under the Copenhagen Accord add up, look at how the researchers behind the Climate Scorecard estimate that we're still on track to have a global temperature rise of 3.9 degrees Celsius or 7 degrees Fahrenheit, rather than the 2 degrees C/3.6 degrees F that all world leaders say they hope to achieve.


Juliet Eilperin

 |  February 4, 2010; 5:36 PM ET Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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