Climate & Energy

Notable quotable

“I do think we’re in a position where we don’t foresee the need for new coal-fired generation in the Carolinas anytime in the foreseeable future. It’s probably premature to say we will never build a coal plant in the Carolinas again, but today we do not foresee the need to do that based on the inputs we see and based on planning in front of us.” – Jim Turner, president of Duke Energy Duke is set to build a coal plant in N.C., with the blessing of the Sierra Club, thanks to this: In a unique measure, the permit issued …

Competing for the Governator's endorsement?

All four Republican candidates support California’s right to a waiver from the Bush EPA

In tonight’s debate, much to my surprise, the Republican candidates got a direct question about the California waiver. Also rather to my surprise, all four said they support California’s right to a waiver. It’s amazing how isolated Johnson (*cough*Cheney*cough*) is on this. Not one of his party’s standard-bearers will back him up. That is some sad sh*t. Here’s the portion of the debate on Pavley and climate change: [L.A. TIMES' JANET] HOOK: This is for Senator McCain. Senator McCain, Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed that California be allowed to implement much tougher environmental regulations on emission requirements than apply to the …

Notable quotable

"… there are a number of pieces of legislation where [McCain's] views are out of the mainstream, at least in my view, of conservative Republican thought. So, for instance, he’s opposed to drilling in ANWR, I believe. … … And then now McCain-Lieberman, which is a unilateral — meaning U.S.-only imposed — cap-and-trade program, which puts a burden, as much as 50 cents a gallon, on gasoline in this country. It basically says Americans are going to pay for the cost of global warming, not the Chinese and Indians and forth. So those views are outside the mainstream of Republican …

Solar to the electric car: You complete me

The electrification of transportation will also help green the grid

I promised more on the impact of Project Better Place's electric car plans -- and I deliver with an article here.

Let the sunshine in

Judicial ethics and global warming

Community Rights Counsel has spent much of the last decade researching and documenting undue, anti-environmental corporate influence on the federal judiciary, exposing the proliferation of privately-funded junkets billed as "judicial education seminars." Through reports such as 2004's Tainted Justice, we've highlighted the agenda of particular hosting groups, one steeped in libertarian economics and a regulatory agenda that is deeply opposed to government efforts to combat global warming. Recent ethics rules for the federal judiciary have addressed judges' participation in these junkets, but contained loopholes that have continued to benefit their supporters.

Barbara Boxer is on the hunt …

… for 60 votes (sub rqd) to overcome the inevitable filibuster of Lieberman-Warner. Meanwhile, Friends of the Earth — the only green group to come out against L-W early and consistently — has launched a “fix it or ditch” campaign on the bill. It’s running print ads in The Hill and Roll Call. Frankly, I don’t see any scenario in which the L-W bill is “fixed” during this session of Congress. Everything Boxer’s going to have to do to get the votes is going to make an already-weak bill weaker. In the immortal words of Han Solo, I’ve got a …

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