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Why the Copenhagen Accord boosts the odds for Senate passage of bipartisan climate legislation

The 15th United Nations climate summit has just ended in Copenhagen after a tense two weeks of negotiations between the developed and developing world. An "environmental Woodstock" to some, a high stakes diplomatic showdown to others, the meeting led to some critical but incomplete agreements. Now that it's over, the world's attention will focus on the United States Senate as it plans to consider clean energy and global warming legislation in 2010. The newly inked Copenhagen Accord, along with other factors, increases the odds for Senate passage of clean energy jobs and global warming legislation. The Copenhagen Accord should form …


Congressional Budget Office stunner

Kerry-Boxer bill will cut the deficit; Will ‘fiscal conservatives’ sign on?

The Congressional Budget Office -- the arbiter of the federal budget impact of all legislation -- just released an analysis that the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, S. 1733, ... would reduce budget deficits (or increase future surpluses) by about $21 billion over the 2010-2019 period ... In years after 2019, direct spending would be less than the net revenues attributable to the legislation in each of the 10-year periods following 2019. Therefore, CBO estimates that enacting S. 1733 would not increase the deficit in any of the four 10-year periods following 2019. This is crucial given that …



Overwhelming U.S. public support for global warming action

Two new polls issued today confirm that an overwhelming portion of Americans want domestic action and an international agreement to reduce global warming pollution. More than half the respondents want to do a great deal to reduce the threat of global warming, while only one-quarter oppose action. Associated Press/Stanford Univ. poll; conducted 11/17-29 by GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media; surveyed 1,005 adults; margin of error +/- 3.1 percent (release, 12/15). How much do you think the U.S. should do about global warming? A great deal/quite a bit  52 percent Some                           23 A little/nothing              25 The AP poll …


Biden: Nearly 900,000 new clean energy jobs thanks to Recovery Act

On Dec. 15, Vice President Joe Biden released a "Progress Report: Transformation to a Clean Energy Economy." It documents the advances in clean energy investments and job creation during the first year of the Obama Administration. Biden determined that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and administrative actions are laying the foundation for a clean energy economy that will create a new generation of jobs, reduce dependence on oil and enhance national security. "The Recovery Act investments of $80 billion for clean energy will produce as much as $150 billion in clean energy projects" due to leveraging private investment. The …


Senators opposed to Clean Energy Jobs Act are ignoring bill’s benefits to Americans — Part 2

Read Part 1 here. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act (CEJAPA), by an 11-1 vote. Since this was the third day of a boycott by Republicans on the committee, the absence of minority members prevented senators from voting on any amendments to the bill due to committee rules. The Senate Finance and Agriculture Committees must now promptly debate and vote on the provisions of the bill under their jurisdiction. Environment and Public Works Committee Republicans are ostensibly skipping the meetings because they want the Environmental Protection Agency to redo its …


The ‘party of no’ becomes the ‘party of slow’

Cross-posted from the Wonk Room and co-written with energy team interns Jaren Love and Michael McGovern at the Center for American Progress. Senate Republicans are demanding lengthy economic analyses of progressive clean energy policy, despite having spent careers voting for and against major energy legislation without such delay. This week the Republican members of the Environment and Public Works Committee boycotted its debate on the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act (CEJAPA), claiming that the Environmental Protection Agency's analysis of the economic impacts was not sufficiently thorough. Before they launched their boycott, committee ranking member Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) …


Senators opposed to Clean Energy Jobs Act are ignoring bill’s benefits to Americans — Part 1

On Nov. 3, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee is scheduled to begin debate and vote on the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act (CEJAPA), sponsored by Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). At this writing it appears that the committee's Republican members plan to boycott the debate and votes, thus denying a quorum necessary for these deliberations. These members are concerned that there has been inadequate analysis of CEJAPA. However, this overlooks the fact that CEJAPA is very similar to the House-passed global warming bill, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). The latter …


the spiraling cost of inaction

Global warming triggers more disasters

This piece was co-written with Erica Goad, an intern with the Energy team at the Center for American Progress, which originally published this post. Wildfires blaze near San Diego.Photo: slworking2Hurricane Claudette hit the Florida panhandle Sunday, lashing it with heavy rains. Hurricane Bill is gathering strength in the Atlantic, and is “poised to grow into a major storm” later this week. It could hit the East Coast as a Category 3 storm with 121-mile-per-hour winds. Meanwhile, “hot, dry winds and high temperatures continue to fan wildfires across California.” Recent wildfires in the state have burned over 100,000 acres. These events …


EPA: Waxman-Markey will lower electricity bills

The main argument conservatives and big oil and coal companies use against the American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) is that it would cripple American households with a crushing energy tax. To make that claim, they have distorted cost estimates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and conducted their own biased studies. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency obliterated these phony numbers with the release of its economic analysis of H.R. 2454. The EPA estimated the bill would actually lower household electricity bills: As a result of energy efficiency measures, consumer spending on utility bills would be roughly 7% …


Breaking: saving the world is affordable

CBO: Waxman-Markey pollution cuts cost little

This piece was co-written with Andrew Jakabovics, Associate Director for Housing and Economics at the Center for American Progress. Opponents of the American Clean Energy and Security Act, H.R. 2454, are acting like out-of-control auctioneers. They're trying to defeat the bill by raising cost estimates for the bill's clean-energy and global warming pollution reduction programs. But their wild estimates have been based on either perversions or distortions of independent government and university studies, or are partisan studies with rigged assumptions designed to produce outlandish estimates. The Congressional Budget Office announced on Friday that the average American household would spend only …