Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

The Climate Post: The House at the center of the world

Lately, every week is the most consequential in the history of climate change. This week was no exception. A House of Representatives committee slogged through its potentially game-changing climate bill. The White House struck a deal with auto manufacturers and …

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Waxman-Markey bill would do more for climate without cap-and-trade provision

Waxman-Markey is a big split personality of a bill. Its efficiency and renewable requirements would make a dent in greenhouse gas emissions, even if not a very big one. But the cap-and-trade at the heart of the legislation is another …

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‘Regular people’ cheer on climate action at Seattle rally

Climate organizer K.C. Golden stood with his back to a sparkling Elliott Bay in Seattle today, hushed the elementary-school students crowding a stage with him, and pointed to the glass wall of the convention center next door. “Here’s what’s transformational,” …

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Climate Central takes on Georgia, coal, and carbon

This week brought a new piece of journalism from the crack staff of scientists and reporters at Climate Central. It’s called “Georgia: Coal and Carbon.” Watch: As always with CC, the piece is accompanied by an annotated transcript that documents …

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Citizens in Seattle, fossils in D.C.

A crowd gathered in Seattle on May 21 to call for action on climate change. The rally occurred as the EPA held a public hearing in the city on its CO2 endangerment finding.Tom Twigg / Grist Today is an interesting …

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Climate protesters arrested at sit-in outside Rick Boucher’s office

Capitol Police arrested 15 protesters outside the office of Rep. Rick Boucher (D-Va.) on Thursday as the debate over the Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill continued. The protesters, from the Chesapeake Climate Action Network, held a sit-in outside Boucher’s office …

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Gore mobilizes his “army” to fight for climate action and take on gravest U.S. security

As the House Energy and Commerce Committee completes its work on the Waxman-Markey climate bill, Al Gore’s army is mobilizing to support it. Gore hosted a North American Summit late last week in Nashville, convening 500 of the 2,600 volunteers …

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Waxman-Markey: ‘80% less by 2050’ is too hard, let’s do 46%

I’ve read humongous books in my time, most memorably Cloudsplitter, Russell Banks’ magisterial cinderblock-sized novel of John Brown, the anti-slavery warrior whose “Bloody Kansas” campaign in the 1850s helped provoke the Civil War. The similarly supersized Waxman-Markey bill couldn’t be …

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Weakening amendments fail as American Clean Energy and Security Act moves through markup

The second day of markup on the Waxman/Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) saw a series of amendments from opponents designed to weaken the green economy bill fail in a series of votes. The debate on amendments …