Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Congressional leaders head to China to make nice on climate

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao.XinhuaHouse Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in China this week leading a congressional delegation to discuss, among other things, climate change and environmental protections. But despite the public displays of unity on climate, …

Climate & Energy

Counting the real progress on climate action

This piece was co-written by Nina Hachigian and Julian Wong of the Center for American Progress. —– We are now entering the six-month period before the U.N. climate change negotiations in Copenhagen, which are intended to hammer out a successor …

Climate & Energy

Draft Negotiating Text Proposed for Copenhagen Agreement (Part 1)

The draft negotiating texts for the Copenhagen agreement are now out.  Just like in the US Congressional debate on climate legislation and other parliamentary debates around the world, you need to have a proposal on paper before you can make …

Business & Technology

Lockheed-Martin to build large CSP plant with thermal storage in Arizona

What is the best evidence that concentrated solar thermal power (CSP) aka solar baseload is indeed a core climate solution with big near-term — and very big medium-term — promise?  One of the country’s biggest companies, Lockheed-Martin, with 2008 sales …

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Do the 2 billion offsets allowed in Waxman-Markey gut the emissions targets? Part 1

The flaw in the Waxman-Markey bill is not the too-many offsets that domestic polluters are (potentially) allowed to purchase in lieu of actually reducing their own emissions. The flaw in Waxman-Markey is the too-mild 2020 target — a 17% reduction …

Climate & Energy

The wonderful politics of cap-and-trade: A closer look at Waxman-Markey

The headline of this post is not meant to be ironic. Despite all the hand-wringing in the press and the blogosphere about a political “give-away” of allowances for the cap-and-trade system in the Waxman-Markey bill voted out of committee last …

Climate & Energy

King Corn, meet Big Oil

Drilling for oil in a corn field: will Big Oil squeeze out King Corn?Back in March, Tom Philpott flagged some moves from Shell Oil and Valero Energy (the largest U.S. oil refiner) that indicated Big Oil was falling for biofuels. …

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Gore’s green groups kick into campaign mode to push climate legislation

Gore and R.K. Pachauri, head of the International Panel on Climate Change, talk with the media at the May gathering of The Climate Project in Nashville.Associated Press photo Al Gore is drawing lessons from the Obama campaign as he works …

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Commenter: New leaders in the making in coal country

I wanted to call out a great comment on the Carbon Nine story from user johnpdeever: … how bout a little kudos for Zach Space and Charlie Wilson of Ohio for leaning toward the green side?  Both represent a whole …