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House Dems release 1,201-page climate bill with floor debate scheduled for Friday

In the whipsawing environment that is the House of Representatives, the vote for Waxman-Markey is back on for this week, scheduled for Friday.  My sources put the odds of an actual vote at 70-30. The updated American Clean Energy and …

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Deniers like Pielke keep shouting down any talk of a climate change – extreme weather link

Would the New York Times have Bernard Madoff as a business columnist?  Only if they hated business. So why does the NYT let John Tierney write a “science” column?  The “founding principles” of his NYT blog are the clearest anti-scientific …

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Next on climate: Improve Waxman-Markey innovation provisions in Senate

Few aspects of the Waxman-Markey cap-and-trade bill matter more than the insufficient degree to which it applies future revenue to clean energy innovation. Quite simply, the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES) makes only a modest start toward promoting …

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The two most important questions that both critics and supporters of Waxman-Markey must answer

First, is the Waxman-Markey climate and clean energy bill compatible with – indeed integral to – a national and international effort to keep global warming as close as possible to 2°C? Second, what would be the outcome if the bill …

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Nobelist Krugman takes on the “fantasists” of the “burn-baby-burn crowd”

Nobel prize-winning NYT columnist Paul Krugman has been doing some terrific writing on the economics of climate action (see Climate action “now might actually help the economy recover from its current slump” by giving “businesses a reason to invest in …

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The top 10 ways the House GOP are like my two-year-old daughter

The idea for this Father’s Day post came when I was putting my daughter to bed a few weeks ago, and she started to repeat, “Want tiny dog” – one of her favorite stuffed animals.  The room was dark, and …

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MacCracken: “The New York Times quote did not represent my views”

When we last left the New York Times, they were burying the exclusive they got on climate science impacts report that NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco called a “game changer” (see Memo to White House: The NYT buried the “exclusive” you …

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Cathy Zoi confirmed as the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

I’ve just been forwarded this message from DOE: On June 19th, the United States Senate, by voice vote, confirmed Cathy Zoi to be the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy This is a terrific piece of news.  To …

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National climate change policy: A quick look back at Waxman-Markey and the road ahead

Like any legislation, the Waxman‑Markey bill has its share of flaws, but its cap-and-trade system has medium and long‑term targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that are sensible, and the cap‑and‑trade system is — for the most part — well …