Daniel J. Weiss

Daniel J. Weiss is a Senior Fellow and the Director of Climate Strategy at American Progress, where he leads the Center's clean energy and climate advocacy campaign. Before coming to American Progress, he spent 25 years working with environmental advocacy organizations and political campaigns.

The GOP changes its tune on cap-and-trade

Republican presidents Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush, and George W Bush supported cap-and-trade. Officials who criticize it are caught up in politics.

Anatomy of a Senate climate bill death

Ryan Lizza's recent New Yorker piece provides an interesting insider view of the rise and fall of climate legislation in the Senate. But Lizza gives short shrift to the real reasons Senate passage of climate legislation was impossible in 2010: …

Oil companies and special interests spend millions to oppose climate legislation

As the case for climate action grows more urgent, Big Oil and Dirty Coal have redoubled their efforts to block global warming pollution reductions.

GOP ‘Pledge To America’ is an oath to Big Oil

When it comes to energy policy, the GOP leaders ignore public opinion and science, and instead push the same old ideas flogged by big oil lobbyists.

Efforts to save coal could end up destroying it

Senators from coal states who are trying to protect big coal companies from the impact of global warming pollution reductions may only hasten the decline of big coal.

Standing in the way of justice for the BP calamity

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) announced yesterday that he would scuttle plans to attempt to debate the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Spill Accountability Act, S. 3663, which would remove the ridiculously low liability cap of $75 million for …

Breaking the wall of climate opposition

The Senate has taken Americans on an energy and climate roller coaster over the past year as Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), and others attempted to craft legislation that would increase investment in clean energy while cutting global

Senate oil savings’ greatest hits

Is Congress moving us toward a fuel-efficient future? Plug-in hybrid electric cars could be the cars of tomorrow.Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory Oil, oil, everywhere, but not a drop for fuel. This is the stark view of Gulf Coast …

Obama’s oil reform opportunity

President Barack Obama has made four trips to visit gulf state communities affected by the BP disaster and now plans to give his first-ever Oval Office speech to the nation this Tuesday evening to address the issue. This manmade calamity …