Climate & Energy

Nuclear + cap-and-trade = bipartisan climate bill?

Getting a climate bill through the Senate with some Republican support might be easier than many observers think, but only if it comes with provisions providing a big boost for nuclear energy. That was one takeaway from Tuesday’s Senate committee …

California net metering bill progresses

Just to follow up on a previous thread, AB 560 (the bill to lift the net metering cap in California) passed a key hurdle today, passing out of the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications committee by a vote of 9-1. …

EPA attorneys criticize Obama nominee

This story was written by ProPublica.org’s Joaquin Sapien. The Obama administration’s nomination of Ignacia Moreno to head the environment division of the Department of Justice is moving quietly through the confirmation process, with hearings expected to begin in the next …

Opening remarks from Chu, Jackson, Vilsack, Salazar and Barbour

Prepared remarks submitted in advance to the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Statement of Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy, July 7, 2009 Chairman Boxer, Ranking Member Inhofe, and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to …

What is Obama’s international climate strategy?

International climate negotiations often seem like some sort of cosmic science fair project — an aquarium full of hamsters connected to rudimentary motors. There’s a lot of frantic running, a lot of sweat and heat, but in the end, very …

David de Rothschild: Saving the world, one adventure at a time

De Rothschild hopes his catamaran made of plastic bottles will draw attention to the need to develop solutions to increase the recycling and reuse of plastic.Courtesy Adventure EcologySan Francisco’s waterfront is but a Disney-fied ghost of its former life as …

Britain’s battered leader is set on saving the world

At home he is almost universally seen as a politician running out of time, but Prime Minister Gordon Brown continues to stride onto the international stage as if he were guaranteed many more years in power. He may have lost …

Senator, how will you vote on the climate bill?

Track the debate and take action >>> House lawmakers are now on the record about climate legislation, but senators still haven’t been pinned down. As the Senate begins deliberation on climate legislation, help Grist find out how senators will vote. …

Senate panel to kick off climate hearings on Tuesday

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee this week will begin the task of drafting climate and energy legislation, picking up where the House left off after passing the American Clean Energy and Security Act at the end of June. …