Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Congress reconsiders regulatory exemption for gas drilling

This story was written by ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten. From left, former Vice President Dick Cheney, Rep. John Salazar, Rep. Dianna DeGette and Sen. Bob Casey are all trying to leave their mark on how natural gas is drilled in the …

Climate & Energy

House Majority Leader says climate bill will see fast action

Enjoy the Memorial Day holiday, readers, because when members come back from their week-long break, the pace of action on climate and clean energy legislation is going to accelerate.  The House leadership wants to vote on Waxman-Markey before the August …

Climate & Energy

Obama’s new CAFE standards keep the pressure on Congress to act

It’s an annual rite as familiar as April showers; Americans again jumped in their cars in droves this past weekend to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. It was fitting that last week President Obama took a major step, announcing …

Climate & Energy

Washington Post columnist Steven Pearlstein gets climate bill wrong

In a laudable attempt to draw more elite media attention to the Waxman-Markey bill — which, like all things “environmental,” has not exactly been a preoccupation of the political cable/blog/op-ed axis — Washington Post business writer Steven Pearlstein makes a hash …

Business & Technology

Ban Ki-moon’s speech at World Business Summit on Climate Change

The following is the text of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s May 24 speech at the World Business Summit on Climate Change (as released by the UN). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening of the World Business Summit on Climate Change.UN …

Climate & Energy

Operation Appalachian Spring grows

In three separate direct actions in the West Virginia coalfields yesterday, nonviolent protestors launched the new phase of Operation Appalachian Spring, a growing national campaign to stop mountaintop removal mining and raise awareness of the catastrophic potential of government regulated …

Climate & Energy

Mainstream environmentalists’ enthusiasm for Waxman-Markey ensures it will get worse

Mainstream environmentalists who take the position that the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill “could be worse” help ensure that it will be. Publicly proclaiming willingness to live with the bill in its current firm gives nobody any leverage to strengthen it. It …

Climate & Energy

The Daily Show on fuel efficiency standards

Jon Stewart was brilliant as usual on Obama’s new fuel efficiency standards:

Business & Technology

Critique of auto standards misses how they save consumers money compared to gas taxes

Robert Stavins thinks an increased gasoline tax or cap-and-trade would make Obama’s tougher auto efficiency standards redundant.  This offers an excellent illustration of how even economists who are not market fundamentalists can miss the way well-designed regulation improves economic efficiency. …