Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

West Virginia celebrates the blessings of a coal-based economy

West Virginia gets more of its electricity from coal than any other state. To celebrate that fact, yesterday WV Gov. Joe Manchin (D) declared coal the official state rock. Yes, really. Coal is now the state rock of West Virginia. …

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Video highlights from the GOP’s anti-climate-bill crusade

For the past month, House Republicans have been taking their anti-climate-bill efforts on the road, trying to stir up public resistance to the Waxman-Markey climate and energy legislation. The show kicked off in D.C. and moved on to Indiana, Pennsylvania, …

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Tales from Spain: baseload renewable energy means hope in the fight against global warming

Hola, amigos y amigas.  I write to you from Spain.  I’m here courtesy of the Catalan government, who brought me in to explain the California solar market to local solar companies.  Why does Spain care about California?  Spanish solar companies …

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Climate action game changer, Part 1: Is there a lot more natural gas than previously thought?

I have been researching what may be the single biggest game changer for climate action in the next two decades — U.S. natural gas supply.  Last week I attended a workshop where some of the country’s leading gas experts presented …

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Nancy Sutley: Obama to stake political prestige on climate bill

Barack Obama is prepared to stake his own political prestige on getting climate change legislation through Congress, and would be willing to intervene directly to ensure passage of America’s first law to reduce the carbon emissions that cause global warming. …

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Part 3: Draft negotiating text proposed for Copenhagen agreement

I’ve discussed in part 1 — shared vision and developed country emissions reduction commitments — and part 2 — developing country emissions reductions and the incentives to encourage them to go further — key proposals that have now been produced …

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A common person’s guide to the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009

On May 21, following months of work, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, a 946-page piece of climate legislation. There have been mixed reactions from environmental and climate groups, but …

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Former Republican Sen. George ‘Macaca’ Allen shills for dirty energy

Hey, remember George Allen, the former Republican senator from Virginia best known for using the racist slur “macaca” on camera during his failed bid for reelection in 2006? Apparently, he’s making his comeback as the Republican anti-climate bill poster boy, …

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Everything you always wanted to know about the Waxman-Markey energy/climate bill — in bullet points

You keep hearing about the Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill — aka the American Clean Energy and Security Act, ACES, H.R. 2454 — but what’s actually in it? We combed through the 946-page beast so you don’t have to. Here …