Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Boxer and Reid delay Senate action on climate bill until September

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chair of the Environment and Public Works Committee, is now telling reporters that she won’t have a climate and energy bill ready for a vote in her committee until September, a significant delay for the legislation. …

Business & Technology

Carbon trading: Worthy of Feinstein’s ire?

“Deregulation shifts the major burden of consumer protection to the competitive market, and therefore, in important measure, to the enforcement of antitrust laws.” – Alfred E. Kahn, Lessons for Deregulation: Telecommunications and Airlines after the Crunch. I’ve always found the …

Climate & Energy

On the legality of feed-in tariffs in the US

For the past year we’ve been involved in a proceeding before the California Public Utilities Commission on an effort to establish a feed-in tariff, or standard offer contracting program for renewables.  We believe it can be a healthy complement to …

Climate & Energy

So what is carbon anyway?

This is an excerpt from the book The Carbon Age: How Life’s Core Element Has Become Civilization’s Greatest Threat, newly released in paperback. Carbon is all over the news, but what is it?“You will be astonished when I tell you …

Climate & Energy

Australia’s real climate on climate change

This article was co-written with Erwin Jackson, Director of Policy and Research at the Climate Institute, Australia’s leading independent policy think tank on climate change. The U.S. House of Representatives has joined the Obama administration in its resolve to finally …

Climate & Energy

The Carbon Logic Problem Statement

An acclaimed mountaineer, a Baptist minister and a distinguished economist were stuck in a pit. The mountain climber said, “Stand back boys, I’ll have us out in a jiffy,” but the walls of the pit were loose shale and she …

Climate & Energy

A milestone: 100th coal plant stopped

As of today, 100 coal plants have been defeated or abandoned since the beginning of the coal rush. Late yesterday, news came down that Utah-based Intermountain Power Agency is abandoning plans for a third coal-fired generator in the state. This …

Climate & Energy

State budget crisis could be key to climate change

If the Governors of a few key states pick up their phones in a hurry they could shrink their gaping budget shortfalls and help climate change legislation pass the Senate with one call. On Wednesday, Adriel Bettelheim at CQPolitics explained: …

Climate & Energy

MoveOn calls on Senate to preserve Clean Air Act in climate bill

MoveOn is running full-page ads in D.C.-based publications urging the Senate to maintain the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate carbon dioxide. The climate bill passed by the House last month would limit the EPA’s ability to regulate CO2 under …