By Meteor Blades As expected, the State Department released its long-awaited Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on the Keystone XL pipeline Friday afternoon. Most media reports have been stating that the 11-volume document gives the project a green light and the response to that from many environmental advocates has been fierce. But Josh Mogerman, deputy director of national media […]
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Will President Obama’s second term feature more emphasis on climate change – only the most important issue facing the planet? We’ve gotten a few tantalizing hints over the past few months but it took until today’s press conference for a reporter to actually ask the question. And Obama replied in depth. As Bill McKibben tours the country […]
Anyone who wants to create a cleaner, healthier, and more stable environment for their children has a reason to celebrate today. The Environmental Protection Agency has issued the first-ever limits on carbon pollution from new power plants. This is a major public health and environmental breakthrough, and every smart politician should trumpet it. Why? Because it is […]
In an op ed in yesterday’s Washington Post, a bi-partisan group of present and former Congressmen have proposed a sane plan to deal with all of our major problems in one package: Cut the deficit, create jobs, and avert the approaching climate change disaster. The only problem: Republicans block every single policy proposal made by […]
There may be good news on the government shutdown front for the Environmental Protection Agency.
Yesterday, it looked like the House Republicans, in thrall to their “cut EVERYTHING” Tea-Party wing, were going to allow the government to shut down over their intransigence on two items: Slashing the EPA (as well as blocking it from acting on climate change), and slashing funding for Planned Parenthood (which gets money for women’s health services – NOT abortion).
President Obama issued a threat today that he’ll veto the GOP’s latest attempt to muzzle the EPA’s regulation of CO2.
But this is just the latest in a string of such attempts, and probably won’t be the last
Not sure what happened at the COP 16 climate summit in Cancun back in December? Worried that the issue of global warming wasn’t really dealt with by the assembled nations of the world in a mature, sensible way? Here’s a quick easy summary that covers the whole thing… in two minutes! With hand puppets! Just […]
They said they were gonna do it, and they did it. The GOP has introduced what they are creatively calling the “Energy Tax Prevention Act.” What it actually does is block the EPA from enforcing the clean air act- as recognized by the Supreme Court – and increasing US output of greenhouse gases. “We firmly […]
“ “Carbon sequestration” seems like a good idea: Instead of pumping CO2 into the air, why not liquefy it and pump it into the ground? This is one of the linchpins of clean coal. If we do that, we can keep burning coal and natural gas, we don’t get global warming and nobody has to […]
By Frances Beinecke, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council In Cancun, nearly 200 countries reached an agreement on how to confront climate change both as individual nations and as a global community. This achievement brings greater definition to the Copenhagen accord and provides a practical framework for all countries to forge ahead with climate solutions. […]
China shook up the stalled Cancun climate talks on Monday by offering to submit to a binding UN resolution on carbon emissions. It could be a breakthrough moment in the drive to limit global warming and climate change. One blogger asked, “Did China just save the world?” This is tricky, so let’s see if I […]
CO2 emission estimates based on coal and fossil fuel production are pessimistic at best, says new research out of the University of Texas at Austin. A new study by Tad Patzek, chair of the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin, has shown that CO2 emission estimates used for government […]
Climategate’s questions recede as island nations walk out. China sizzles and the US fizzles on world stage. What are the political takeaways from week one in Copenhagen and what does it mean for the possibility of a binding agreement?
Is Exelon’s departure from the US Chamber of Commerce a harbinger for the entire utility sector? Or, is there a divide emerging within the industry?
Once upon a time, Obama’s plan called for cap-and-trade dollars to fund health care reform. Greens should be watching the health care fight, because the closer he gets to a bill, the more he will need cap-and-trade in order to pay for it.