Dan Lashof

Dan Lashof is director of NRDC's climate and clean air program.

Climate Change

Carbon causes extreme weather; in other news: Smoking causes cancer

We have no problem saying "smoking causes cancer." It's time to start being just as frank when talking about carbon pollution's negative effects.

Curbing Power Plant Carbon Pollution

This item cross-posted from NRDC’s Switchboard. Willie Sutton is famously supposed to have said that he robbed banks because that’s where the money is (apparently this quote is apocryphal but it’s just too good to not keep using it). I have focused a number of recent posts on power plants because that’s where the carbon is (about 40% of the U.S. total). There is certainly no way to prevent even more dangerous changes to our climate without nearly eliminating carbon emissions from the power sector. That’s what makes a new report from the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) …

Politics

President Obama is writing the climate legacy of his first term now

Al Gore's Rolling Stone essay highlighted criticism of Obama's climate record, but he still has time to improve.

Energy Policy

Obama needs to stop propping up inefficient cars and dirty coal

We’ve got to clean up our cars, and do away with some clunkers.Photo: Mary Anne EnriquezCross-posted from the Natural Resources Defense Council. President Obama today renewed his call to move America forward by reducing our dependence on imported oil and dirty coal at a Georgetown University speech. Meanwhile at the other end of town, members of Congress are working overtime to move us backward by trying to block the EPA from doing its job of setting standards to clean up our cars and power plants. President Obama set a new goal to reduce U.S. oil imports by one-third by 2025, …

that's real politics, betty

Dangerous delaying tactics

Is there really much daylight between the radical rhetoric of the new House leadership and the more moderate-sounding stance of Sen. Rockefeller?

Heritage-gate

Heritage hypocritically misrepresents scientists' words

The folks at the Heritage Foundation have just turned in quite an editing whopper.

Coulda, shoulda, woulda

Lessons from Senate climate fail

Here are some lessons learned from the perspective of someone who spent the last few years trying to push a real bill through the real Congress.

The scorch board: global warming - 1, the media - 0

Hot enough for you?

Just another balmy day on the East Coast.Photo courtesy of Tomas Fano via flickr The oppressive heat wave gripping the eastern United States, by itself, shouldn’t have any influence on what policymakers think about global warming. But after the ridiculous spectacle of climate science deniers claiming that last winter’s blizzard disproves global warming, I hope that the record heat we are experiencing now will help focus their minds on the underlying science. A string of recent authoritative reports unequivocally reaffirming the science and rejecting the malicious allegations against climate scientists provides plenty of material to focus on. Last winter was …

cap-and-afraid

Can we get on the road to major emission reductions by starting with a cap on stationary sources?

President Obama hosted a bipartisan group of Senators at the White House on Tuesday to talk about the path forward on comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation. He made a strong case for passing a bill that “makes clean energy the profitable kind of energy” by holding polluters responsible for their emissions. As expected, there was not a consensus in the room on the best way to proceed and most Republicans continued to oppose any limits at all. One breakthrough came from Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), who issued a statement after the meeting calling for Congress “to develop legislation that …

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