Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

We're F*cked

Very interesting, very positive response from 200+ at  American Friends Service Committee conference on the triple threats of security, economy and climate to blunt assessment of the state of climate change and climate politics. Another strong indicator that our organizations …

Climate & Energy

Palin says global warming harms Alaska, still wants to drill

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (from left), Senator Mark Begich, Congressman Don Young and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar arrive at a public forum meeting in Anchorage Tuesday to discuss Outer Continental Shelf development.Courtesy Alaska governor’s officeSarah Palin seems to …

Climate & Energy

Why two climate bills are better than one

As this is written, two House Committees — Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means — are considering climate legislation.  Both are following similar timetables, and hope to report bills by June.   In the case of Energy and Commerce, …

Climate & Energy

Running out the climate clock

The “Countdown to Copenhagen” clock was front and center at the Bonn climate talks last month.Courtesy UNFCC I suppose what happened to the ticking clock says all we need to know about the state of the make-or-break international negotiations on …

Climate & Energy

Indiana bill would define clean coal and nuclear energy as ‘renewable’

Indiana’s statehouse.Flickr: mattindy77The Indiana lawmakers are considering legislation that would define “clean coal” and nuclear-generated electricity as renewable energy. They’re also mulling bills that would define John “Cougar” Mellencamp as a jazz musician and categorize the pork tenderloin sandwich as …

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Greenpeace’s new leader talks up need for a green grassroots

Phil RadfordPhoto: Kate SheppardGreenpeace USA’s announcement on Tuesday that the group is elevating its grassroots director to serve as the next executive director sends a clear signal that the 38-year-old environmental organization is focused on growing its membership and playing …

Climate policy myths

Myth: Climate policy must be simple

Among the weird memes that has grown up around the cap-and-trade debate, one of the most puzzling to me is that C&T is fatally flawed because it is complex. Americans don’t “get it.” They’ll only support a climate policy that …

Climate & Energy

Towards the Copenhagen climate change agreement: Round One

The international global warming negotiations in Bonn, Germany have just wrapped up. They began with a loud applause as U.S. Special Climate Envoy Todd Stern announced that the U.S. is back. And they ended with the reality of the work …

Climate & Energy

Obama calls renewables a ‘pillar’ of new economy

Courtesy of Georgetown UniversityPresident Obama today affirmed the place of renewable energy as one of the “five pillars” upon which he plans to build an economic recovery. In a speech at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., Obama warned Americans to …