Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

‘Jobs of the Future’ ad pressures GOP to support climate bill

The progressive group Americans United for Change unveiled a new TV ad today that seeks to put pressure on Republicans to support President Obama’s energy plan. Titled “Jobs of the Future,” it links Obama’s green-jobs ambitions to President John F. …

Business & Technology

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 …

Business & Technology

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 …

Climate & Energy

The Waxman-Markey Rorschach blot

In early June I’ll be speaking at a plenary session on climate politics at the America’s Future Now! conference organized by the Campaign for America’s Future. They asked me to write a post on the Waxman-Markey bill to kick off …

Climate & Energy

The scoop on Obama’s new fuel-economy rules

On May 19, President Barack Obama unveiled new standards to regulate fuel economy and greenhouse-gas emissions from cars and light trucks.   The bottom line:  New automobiles will have to get better gas mileage The numbers: Current standards: 27.5 miles …

Climate & Energy

Memo to NBC’s Chuck Todd: Energy and climate shake up the traditional political categories

Now that energy and global warming have leaped into the political mainstream, lots of reporters who aren’t knowledgeable on either subject are writing and blogging on it.  And that means we can expect a lot of dubious sloppy suboptimal reporting …

Climate & Energy

You can’t build a new foundation with dirty energy

Building a new foundation requires a lot of heavy machinery. Bulldozers to clear the land, extractors to dig the foundation, concrete-mixers to pour the cement, and trucks to haul the raw materials. So perhaps it’s appropriate that Jim Owens, the …

Climate & Energy

Opponents continue to obstruct clean energy jobs push in Energy & Commerce Committee debate

You can follow the continuing markup of the Waxman Markey bill on C-SPAN3 here.  I am reprinting below a daily update from the Center for American Progress Action Fun: Here’s what to look for as markup moves in to its …

Climate & Energy

NOAA: Fifth warmest April on record

NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center reported last month: Based on preliminary data, the globally-averaged combined land and sea surface temperature was  the fifth warmest on record for April, and the January-April year-to-date period tied with 2003 as the sixth warmest …