Dan Lashof

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

Ecologists to the rescue

Fixing the bioenergy accounting loophole

A group of prominent ecologists and climate scientists have an important article coming out in tomorrow’s issue of Science, in which they call for “fixing a critical climate accounting error.” The error is ignoring a significant source of global warming pollution related to using biomass for energy (“bioenergy”). I know that most people’s eyes glaze over whenever “accounting” is mentioned and others tune out when discussion turns to “climate,” so the number of people interested in “climate accounting” may be vanishingly small. But this article is important and not as obscure as it sounds.  Getting the accounting wrong means that …

Game Changer

Kerry-Graham op-ed dramatically enhances prospects for Senate climate bill this year

Sunday’s New York Times op-ed by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) begins: CONVENTIONAL wisdom suggests that the prospect of Congress passing a comprehensive climate change bill soon is rapidly approaching zero. … However, we refuse to accept the argument that the United States cannot lead the world in addressing global climate change. We are also convinced that we have found both a framework for climate legislation to pass Congress and the blueprint for a clean-energy future that will revitalize our economy, protect current jobs and create new ones, safeguard our national security and reduce pollution. It’s hard …

A Clean Energy Bargain

Earlier today the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a Policy Brief summarizing economic analysis of clean energy and climate protection legislation that we have been working on for more than a year. We know that the Senate debate on this legislation will turn largely on economic issues, so we used two well-known national energy models to examine the impact of the House-passed bill, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), on our economy. The main findings include: ACES will boost our economy by driving $300 billion of investments toward clean energy (through 2030), creating hundreds of thousands of …

A Clean Energy Bargain

Earlier today NRDC released a Policy Brief summarizing economic analysis of clean energy and climate protection legislation that we have been working on for more than a year. We know that the Senate debate on this legislation will turn largely on economic issues, so we used two well-known national energy models to examine the impact of the House-passed bill, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), on our economy. The main findings include: ACES will boost our economy by driving $300 billion of investments toward clean energy (through 2030), creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process; ACES …

Will the Senate do the math?

The 2 billion ton test

Senators returned from their August recess with lots of ideas about how they would like to change the comprehensive clean energy and climate protection bill the House passed in June. This is a normal, and in many respects, healthy part of the legislative process. Some of these ideas, such as devoting more resources to building a sustainable transportation system, will be constructive; others, such as delaying consideration of enforceable pollution limits and proceeding with just a stripped down energy bill, not so much. One thing we know for sure is that the Senate will not rubber stamp the House bill. …

Late night with climate change

Top 10 reasons the Senate should strengthen and pass the Waxman-Markey bill

This post first appeared on the NRDC Switchboard site. It is vital to enact comprehensive energy and climate legislation this year — to help deliver economic, energy, and climate security.  As President Obama has said, the choice is “between a slow decline and renewed prosperity; between the past and the future.”  The time to act is now. The American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), which passed the House at the end of June is an excellent starting point for this urgent task. Here are the top 10 reasons the Senate should strengthen and pass ACES. Clean. ACES sets the …

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