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The Energy/Climate Complex

Spring 2011


Technology innovation: setting the right policies; Climate Plan B; Reducing access barriers; No free energy; Telling science stories; Reversing urban blight

From the Hill

Obama proposes essentially flat 2012 R&D budget; Scientific integrity guidelines released; Climate negotiations inch forward in Cancun; Patent reform moves ahead; Food safety reform bill finally passes

Editor’s Journal: Washington’s Media Maze

Kevin Finneran

Perspective: Medical Devices: Lost in Regulation

Paul Citron

Perspective: John F. Kennedy’s Space Legacy and Its Lessons for Today

John M. Logsdon

The Energy-Climate Complex: An Energy Agenda for the New Congress

Jeff Bingaman

In spite of bipartisan support, numerous critical energy initiatives languished in the previous congressional session. The need to take action is even more pressing for the current Congress.

The Energy-Climate Complex: Energy in Three Dimensions

Burton Richter

The rationale for energy policy must be about more than climate change and green energy.

The Energy-Climate Complex: Is Climate Change a National Security Issue?

Richard A. Matthew

The case for linking climate change and national security is robust but imperfect, and today there is a serious debate about whether it makes sense.

The Energy-Climate Complex: The Smart Grid: Separating Perception from Reality

Lawrence J. Makovich

Instead of a disruptive technology poised to transform the power sector in a decade, expect a more evolutionary change toward a "smarter" grid, with more modest results.

New Voices, New Approaches: Drowning in Data

Gwen Ottinger, Rachel Zurer

Monitoring the chemical content of the air near chemical plants provides valuable data, but it becomes useful only when it is paired with epidemiological data about the local population.

Real Numbers: Why Don’t U.S. Women Live Longer?

Barney Cohen

Book Review: The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won’t Tell You About Global Warming

Mark Sagoff

The Climate Fix: What Scientists and Politicians Won’t Tell You About Global Warming
, by 
Roger Pielke, Jr.

Book Review: Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change

Christopher B. Leinberger

Urbanism in the Age of Climate Change
, by 
Peter Calthorpe.