Climate & Energy

State budget crisis could be key to climate change

If the Governors of a few key states pick up their phones in a hurry they could shrink their gaping budget shortfalls and help climate change legislation pass the Senate with one call. On Wednesday, Adriel Bettelheim at CQPolitics explained: …

MoveOn calls on Senate to preserve Clean Air Act in climate bill

MoveOn is running full-page ads in D.C.-based publications urging the Senate to maintain the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate carbon dioxide. The climate bill passed by the House last month would limit the EPA’s ability to regulate CO2 under …

Climate talks should not focus on China and India at Africa’s expense

The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has already failed Africa, some observers believe, so why bother post-2012 when the existing CDM framework established under the Kyoto Protocol expires? But as the international community prepares to negotiate a new climate pact, we …

Jeb Bush still skeptical about climate change

Jeb Bush, the former governor of a hurricane-plagued, sea-level-rise-threatened state sports a NOAA cap. That’s the same NOAA whose scientists have documented the threat of global warming.NOAA.govAs bad as George W. Bush’s environmental record was, W. at least got around …

McCaskill says House climate bill will sink in Senate

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) doesn’t think that the climate and energy bill that passed the House last month stands much of a chance in the Senate. And if climate legislation is going to pass the Senate, it would have to …

Climate and energy sections of G8 statement

Below is the energy and climate section of the official G8 statement released on July 8, 2009. The full statement is online here (PDF). Sustainable use of natural resources: climate change, clean energy and technology 60. The interlinked challenges of …

New group inspires teens to combat climate change

These high school students aren’t taking climate change lying down.“Who knows about those farting cows? Give it up for the farting cows!” Farting cows are definitely gross-out funny, but they also produce methane, which contributes to global warming. That’s why …

Coal-nundrum and Ex-gas-peration

Recently, I met with the CEO of a utility to discuss how to get at carbon reduction goals. He asked two insightful questions. The first was, “Why doesn’t the natural gas industry support climate legislation?” One of the key points …

Top 10 reasons the Senate should strengthen and pass the Waxman-Markey bill

This post first appeared on the NRDC Switchboard site. It is vital to enact comprehensive energy and climate legislation this year — to help deliver economic, energy, and climate security.  As President Obama has said, the choice is “between a …