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CBO: Household costs under Waxman-Markey likely much lower than report reflects

Last Friday, the Congressional Budget Office answered some questions from Sen. John Kerry about its much-discussed report (PDF) on the costs of cap-and-trade. You’ll recall the report’s principle conclusion: a cap-and-trade program would reduce the deficit over the next decade. …

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What does the CBO report on Waxman-Markey actually tell us? (Not much).

The Congressional Budget Office recently issued its report on the Waxman-Markey bill. The Washington Times soon trumpeted: “CBO puts hefty price tag on emissions plan: Obama’s cap-and-trade system seen costing $846 billion.” This is quite misleading. Actually, the CBO report …

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Raining on the climate parade

At the Bonn climate talks, environmental groups showed their displeasure with Japan’s proposed carbon emissions cuts by comparing Prime Minister Aso with former U.S. president George W. Bush.Climate Action Factory via FlickrEven the skies wept last week when the latest …

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Enviros cringe as Senate committee approves energy bill

The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved an energy bill on Wednesday that has the environmental community up in arms. The plan, enviros say, relies too heavily on fossil fuels and doesn’t do enough to advance renewable energy. The …

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House ag chief Peterson: what, me worry about a warming planet?

Peterson, right, with combine rep: With climate change and big diesel-guzzling combines, we can grow lots of corn!After researching my story last week about the ag lobby’s attempt to turn Waxman-Markey into a cash cow for the agrichem and ethanol …

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Bonn was disappointing, and Copenhagen will be too. Who to blame?

Photo: rolandFirst up, the climate talks are not going very well.  After a rousing start in Rio in 1992, from which we returned with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the negotiations have been anything but inspiring.  1997’s Kyoto …

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It’s time to act “after many years of dithering and delay”

The Administration has put together a terrific new website, globalchange.gov, on its landmark 13-agency report, Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States.  Every possible summary and graphic you could want is there – heck, they even have the embed …

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The NYT buries White House “exclusive” on the landmark U.S. climate impacts report

The big story featured on the NYT website at 11 am Tuesday ain’t about climate: “With consumers in revolt, it was almost a relief that Tracey Ullman did not shy away from a bit of a roast at American fashion …

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“We’ll get the votes”: One more day to finish talks with farm state Dems

We would appear to be closing in on a final deal and ultimate passage of the Waxman-Markey climate and clean energy bill by the House.  E&E News Reports (subs. req’d): House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) yesterday said he expected …