Suzy Khimm

Is Bobby Jindal Really "the Republican Obama"?
October 28, 2008

With the Republicans’ presidential hopes for 2008 now all but dashed, a few upstarts in the party are—surprise—positioning themselves for future runs. Last week, Chris Cillizza flagged the appearance of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in a television spot for John Kennedy, the Republican challenger to Senator Mary Landrieu. Amid a backdrop of stately white columns, the young Indian-American governor projects a cool image of steadiness and calm. Sound like anyone you know?

A Pockmark Upon Both Houses
October 22, 2008

As Dahlia Lithwick has shrewdly pointed out, vote fraud—that is, an illegitimate voter actually going to polls and pulling the lever—is purely a canard. The allegations being leveled against ACORN aren’t about vote fraud; they’re about voter registration fraud, and the two are hardly synonymous.

Is It Worth Betting On Carbon Sequestration?
September 24, 2008

With the recent financial upheaval and gloomy prognosis for the global economy, the price tag for alternative energy will surely get a harder look. Europe, for one, has just priced out the cost of investing in carbon capture and storage, estimating that it will take about $15 billion in public funds and subsidies to jumpstart the yet-to-be-proven technology.

Sex, Lies, And Mcabstinence-only
September 11, 2008

The scurrilous sex-education ad released earlier this week by the McCain campaign wasn't just about dirty politics. It was also a rejection of comprehensive sex education programs that haveproven to help protect young people's health and safety. What does McCain favor instead? Abstinence-only programs that have been thoroughly discredited--not only by the left, but also by half of America's state governments.

Gop Platform On The "risk" Of Climate Change
September 02, 2008

Global warming, it seems, may no longer be just a convenient liberal fiction. For the first time ever, the Republican Party platform has included a plank explicitly recognizing that man-made carbon emissions might be contributing to climate change and negative environmental impacts. Here's their introduction to the plank, "Addressing Climate Change Responsibly": The same human economic activity that has brought freedom and opportunity to billions has also increased the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.

The Dawn Of Big Solar
August 15, 2008

The age of Big Solar could be upon us--provided that the government continues to provide the right incentives for bringing renewable energy to scale. The New York Times reported yesterday that two large solar plants will be constructed in California, which together will put out more than 12 times the amount of electricity than the largest such plant today: The power will be sold to Pacific Gas & Electric, which is under a state mandate to get 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2010.

Can Daschle Reform King Corn?
August 14, 2008

So King Corn doesn't seem to be losing many friends to the biofuel backlash--at least not in Washington. Last week, the EPA declined to reduce the quota of corn ethanol in fuel, rejecting Texas Governor Perry's request for a one-year waiver. Nevertheless, the continuing pushback by ethanol-skeptics seems to have put the biofuel lobby on the defensive.

Here Comes The (red) Sun
August 01, 2008

Given the lift-off achieved by China's roaring wind industry, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the country's now warming up to solar power. China has become one of the world's leaders in solar photovoltaic technology, second only to Japan in the production of solar PV. While nearly all of the technology is for the export market, China's clean energy tycoons are hopeful that the government's support for solar tech will spur domestic demand.

Is Big Oil's Windfall A Gusher For Mccain?
July 31, 2008

The Obama campaign is hitting McCain hard for being in the pocket of Big Oil after Exxon Mobil reported an eyeball-popping quarterly profit of $11.7 billion today.

Killer Corn Hits The Gulf
July 31, 2008

The activists lashing out against corn-based biofuels can update their talking points with this worrying new fact: the size of the Gulf of Mexico's "Dead Zone" is almost the largest on record. The fast-expanding Dead Zone--an area off the Louisiana coastline with too little oxygen to support marine life--would have broken the 2002 record had it not been for Hurricane Dolly churning the Gulf last week. The oxygen-depleted waters are the result of the fertilizer run-off from the Mississippi River watershed, which has dumped habitat-disrupting nitrogen into the Gulf.