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Sleazy tactics and dirty money pollute the climate debate

The evidence that opponents of clean energy are using sleazy tactics, fueled by dirty money, is becoming more and more clear each day. Today's big news is reported by the Charlottesville Daily Progress, which reports that opponents of the ACES climate bill hired a DC lobby firm to manufacture grassroots opposition to the bill, using tactics that include writing fake letters ostensibly from real organizations, as the board member of one such organization said: "They stole our name. They stole our logo. They created a position title and made up the name of someone to fill it. They forged a letter and sent it to …

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Palin’s recipe for Baked Alaska

It was a surprise when Sarah Palin announced that she would step down as Governor of Alaska. But it isn't so surprising that America's biggest quitter doesn't think Americans are up to the challenge of creating a clean energy economy supported by new industries, businesses and jobs. In her first act as "What the...??"-in-Chief, Palin announced her intention to campaign against clean energy, saying in a guest editorial in yesterday's Washington Post: "what is foremost on my mind and where my focus will be [is] President Obama's cap and trade energy plan." Wow. If that's what's foremost on the mind …

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Lunatic fringe watch: wing nuts unleashed on ACES climate bill

If you feel the ground shaking under your feet that is because the United States is about to be swallowed up into the bowels of Hell as the U.S. Senate takes up climate legislation. Or so Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, Michelle Malkin would have you believe. These and other right-wing "pundits" lost their tenuous grasp on reality in June when the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass historic clean energy jobs legislation. They and their followers are now crusading against House members who voted for the bill; and against Senators who will take up the bill next. That's right, …

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ACES will help create more jobs and opportunities for low-income families — see map

The American Clean Energy and Security Act will help spur $150 billion in clean energy investments, which will create 1.7 million good-paying jobs throughout the United States. Clean energy jobs are labor intensive, and clean energy investments create more jobs across all skill and education levels than comparable investments in fossil-fuel energy sources. Clean energy investments create 3.2 times as many jobs as fossil-fuel investments overall. Among workers with few educational credentials and little work experience, clean energy investments create 5.5 times as many jobs as fossil-fuel investments. Furthermore, 75% of those clean energy jobs provide opportunities for advancement and …

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Americans save on fuel bills under ACES — see map

The American Clean Energy and Security (ACES) Act allocates funding to produce the next generation of clean, fuel-efficient vehicles in the United States, and when combined with clean vehicle performance standards adopted by the Obama administration, the American on-road fleet will become about 25% more fuel efficient over the next decade. As a result, by 2020, Americans will drive more efficient vehicles and have lower household transportation costs. Even in the face of rising gasoline prices, cleaner vehicles will save money by sipping instead of guzzling gasoline.         For detailed methodology and explanations, and a printable map, visit my original …

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Climate bill puts Americans in the green (SEE MAP)

There's a lot of talk about the costs of the proposed climate bill for American consumers. As we've documented repeatedly, opponents of climate policy have cranked out lots of "studies" to prove the bill will crater the economy. The latest garbage to come out of the opposition team was the map that suddenly popped up last week, purporting to show that the American Clean Energy and Security Act would rob states of large sums of cash. Kate Sheppard traced it back to the National Mining Association in a terrific piece. While the NMA map was a good visual, it wasn't …

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Phony coal map distorts clean energy bill costs

You have to hand it to the coal industry.  They are not content to just spend millions of dollars on "wild and crazy" advertising claims about "clean coal." Now, they are bringing those same mad skills of deception to mapmaking.  Yes, you read that right:   We are now looking at lying via cartography. This colorful map surfaced on Capitol Hill this week, purporting to show that most states would be hurt by the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES).  Flogged during a press conference by Representatives Frank Lucas (R-OK), Sam Graves (R-MO), and Doc Hastings (R-WA), the map is an …

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News flash: More jobs and lower energy costs good for low-income Americans

Memo TO: U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Association of Manufacturers, Heritage Foundation and other industry groups predicting the end of life as we know if America takes action on climate change FROM: Natural Resources Defense Council, Political Economic Research Institute/University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Green for All and the Center For American Progress Subject: Inconvenient New Study Debunks Your Scare Tactics about the American Clean Energy and Security Act It's time to face facts. You are just wrong when you forecast massive job losses, economic dislocation and harm to low-income Americans if the U.S. takes action on energy/green jobs issues. Contrary to …

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Climate math: How the “Chicken Littles” cook the numbers

The transition to clean energy, reducing our dependence on dangerous foreign oil and protecting our environment will cost less than some would have you think. In April, the EPA estimated that the American Clean Energy and Security Act would cost households less than the cost of a postage stamp each day, roughly $100-$140 per year. Since then, the EPA estimates the changes to the bill will reduce the cost of allowances by 10%, which will in turn lower the actual cost to households. The EPA is not alone in forecasting only nominal impacts from the bill. Numerous academic and government …

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Broad and diverse support for Waxman-Markey’s American Clean Energy and Security Act

Support for the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 is coming in from a broad and diverse range of constituencies, including businesses, unions, elected officials, environmental groups, organizations representing low-income Americans and people of faith and coalitions combining some of those constituencies. Here are excerpts from letters that have been sent to the Energy and Commerce Committee, most of which are posted on the committee website.  Dow: "We support your aim to move the bill through the Committee, and we look forward to working with you and others in Congress as this legislation is further considered." Exelon: "We …