Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Cap-and-trade permit giveaway hurt Waxman-Markey effectiveness

The new Waxman-Markey bill gives away 80% of permits for the first five years. Because I’m confident others will write about climate justice issues in this bill, I thought I’d discuss how giving away large numbers of permits weakens cap-and-trade …

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Al Gore rallies his grassroots supporters to help pass House climate bill

The climate dream team? Rep. Henry Waxman, former VP Al Gore and Rep. Ed Markey are set on getting a cap-and-trade climate bill passed ASAP.AP photos / composite by Tom Twigg NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Al Gore on Thursday kicked off …

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Some enviro groups not happy with Waxman-Markey bill

Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) released the much-anticipated full text (PDF) of their climate legislation on Friday, prompting several big-name green groups to take sides on whether or not the House Democrats’ bill is strong enough. Greenpeace, …

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EPA to hold public hearings on ‘climate endangerment’ in DC, Seattle

Photo: Corey McKrillThe U.S. EPA is holding two public hearings next week on the “climate endangerment” finding — one near Washington, D.C., on Monday and one in the other Washington, out here in Seattle on Thursday. About a month ago, …

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Waxman-Markey permit allocation plan: could be worse

As Grist readers know, the House Energy Committee has been behind closed doors hashing out a compromise version of the Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill. Some details of the compromise were announced earlier this week. Today saw the release of …

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EPA clears waterboarding for Appalachia

As American citizens in Mingo County and other areas of the flood-stricken Kentucky and West Virginia coalfields continue to dig themselves out of the muck, indefatigable Charleston Gazette reporter Ken Ward is reporting on his Coal Tattoo blog that the …

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Waxman and Markey divvy up the goods — I wish my parents had given me allowances like this!

Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA) have circulated a draft proposal of allowance allocations for their landmark energy and climate legislation (see here and below). They explain: Emission allowances will be allocated to accomplish three primary goals: (1) to …

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EPA administrator Lisa Jackson on The Daily Show

Jon Stewart had two green-related segments last night. First was an interview with EPA administrator Lisa Jackson: The second was a hilarious Samantha Bee bit on Michelle Obama’s organic garden and Big Ag’s opposition to it:

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New York Times runs absurdly misleading headline on Revkin’s sea level rise (non)story

Study Halves Prediction of Rising Seas You have got to be kidding me. Just for the record, the study doesn’t actually alter the “prediction of rising seas” in your lifetime — or your grandchildren’s lifetimes — one inch. More accurate …