Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

House GOP attacks big business, science, legislative process, and even Joe Barton!

“Business is not always going to be a good friend of the Republicans, and that needs to be reflected in our strategy,” said MWR Strategies President Michael McKenna, a Republican energy lobbyist. The GOP members of the House Energy and …

Climate & Energy

Southern Company, coal plants, and the latest gizmo

Who is behind the push for “clean coal”? Seems like it ought to be simple, but it’s not. Take a look at this list of members of the “clean coal” front group ACCCE. There are effectively three lobbies: producers, utilities, …

Business & Technology

Northwest businesses weigh in — or bow out — on energy policy

This fall, Northwest-based global businesses Nike and Starbucks led a group of consumer brands to publicly champion muscular, science-based climate and energy policies. These companies are on the field, playing hardball politics in support of serious efforts to address climate …

Climate & Energy

Exclusive: Have China and the U.S. been holding secret talks aimed at a climate deal this fall?

For those of us who believe that maintaining a livable climate pretty much depends on a U.S.-China deal on greenhouse gas emissions (see here), the Guardian’s story Monday was a bombshell: China and US held secret talks on climate change …

Business & Technology

GOP: defending little guys from corporations since a couple days ago

Just when you think you’ve gotten cynical enough, the GOP goes and tries to rebrand its energy policy as economic populism: In a strategy memo obtained by POLITICO, Republican staffers for the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works say …

Climate & Energy

The iceman walketh

To study the conditions of sea ice, one must walk very carefully across it. Here, two members of the Catlin Arctic Survey team maneuver a supply sled through a rough patch.Courtesy Catlin Arctic Survey To millions around the world, Pen …

Climate & Energy

‘Jobs of the Future’ ad pressures GOP to support climate bill

The progressive group Americans United for Change unveiled a new TV ad today that seeks to put pressure on Republicans to support President Obama’s energy plan. Titled “Jobs of the Future,” it links Obama’s green-jobs ambitions to President John F. …

Business & Technology

Climate math: How the “Chicken Littles” cook the numbers

The transition to clean energy, reducing our dependence on dangerous foreign oil and protecting our environment will cost less than some would have you think. In April, the EPA estimated that the American Clean Energy and Security Act would cost …

Business & Technology

Broad and diverse support for Waxman-Markey’s American Clean Energy and Security Act

Support for the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 is coming in from a broad and diverse range of constituencies, including businesses, unions, elected officials, environmental groups, organizations representing low-income Americans and people of faith and coalitions combining …