Peter Altman

Pete is the Climate Campaign Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

American Clean Energy and Security Act will drive clean energy investments

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 …

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 …

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 …

Local chambers going their own way

U.S. Chamber of Commerce split grows wider

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is famous for punishing officeholders and other political candidates who have the temerity to disagree with the Chamber’s views. But what happens when the U.S. Chamber’s own members and affiliates reject its “predictably stalwart” opposition to reasonable policies on climate change and green jobs? One “solution” is to try to pooh-pooh the problem, as Chamber staff have been doing over the last several days. Confronted with a story about Johnson & Johnson and Nike asking the Chamber to change its position on climate, Bill Kovacs, the Chamber’s vice president for the environment, technology and regulatory …

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