Climate & Energy

Do the Clean Air Act battles contain lessons for the fight over climate legislation?

The other day I recounted the fascinating story of how Rep. Henry Waxman and his allies in the House spent a decade working to defend and strengthen the Clean Air Act. Waxman has reportedly said that those curious about the …

Nuclear plans hurting power companies’ credit ratings

Power companies pursuing construction of new nuclear plants may find it harder to get credit — meaning ratepayers could end up shouldering a greater financial burden for the costly and environmentally harmful projects. Moody’s Investors Service, a leading independent credit …

Tracking where senators stand on climate legislation

Judd Gregg (R-N.H.)

Judd Gregg Sen. Judd Gregg has a record of backing action on climate change, even though his overall environmental record gets low scores from enviros. He voted in support of the McCain-Lieberman Climate Stewardship Act in 2003 and 2005. He …

Gideon Rachman: Inability to prevent mass suffering and death a “dilemma for climate activists”

This column from Gideon Rachman in the Financial Times really pushes my buttons. There’s something beneath the surface that is downright pathological, and not at all unique to Rachman. It besets most political pundits on this issue. I’ll try to …

Tracking where senators stand on climate legislation

Olympia Snowe (R-Maine)

Olympia Snowe Sen. Olympia Snowe is considered a likely “yes” vote on climate legislation this year. She is a co-chair of the International Climate Change Taskforce, and has been reliably supportive of climate action. Snowe voted in favor of the …

Citizens want their leaders to make climate a higher priority, new poll finds

Here’s one thing citizens of the United States, Iraq, and the Palestinian territories have in common: According to a new 19-country public opinion poll on climate change, they’re the least likely to want more action on the issue from their …

Tracking where senators stand on climate legislation

Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)

Lamar Alexander Sen. Lamar Alexander realizes that we need to do something about climate change and has tried to distance himself from the skeptics in his party. “I am one senator who thinks climate change is a problem, humans are …

US can easily meet 2020 emissions target while lowering the nation’s energy bill $700 billion

More than perhaps any other company, McKinsey has documented how an aggressive energy efficiency strategy sharply lowers the cost of climate action (see “McKinsey 2008 Research in Review: Stabilizing at 450 ppm has a net cost near zero“). Today they …

The Germans’ heralded carbon capture plan? Pumping it directly into the atmosphere.

NIMBY, meet NUMBY: Not under my backyard. The Guardian reports today: It was meant to be the world’s first demonstration of a technology that could help save the planet from global warming — a project intended to capture emissions from …