Climate & Energy

House GOP still repeats petroleum industry falsehood about CBO findings on gas prices

The House GOP loves to repeat falsehoods about climate and clean energy action (see “MIT Professor tells GOP to stop ‘misrepresenting’ his work and inflating the cost to families of cap-and-trade by a factor of 10” and then again three …

Big media beats it from clean energy bill and even Farrah’s death gets bigger play

The U.S. House of representatives is debating landmark climate and clean energy legislation now – starting with the debate on the rule which limits total debate on Waxman-Markey bill to 3 hours, which means we should get a final vote …

Obama strategy on climate bill: get it passed, then let markets make the argument

In a post earlier today I argued that “official” estimates of how much climate/energy legislation will cost are likely systematically overstating costs and understating benefits. It’s worth noting that this is not an idiosyncratic opinion of mine. It is shared …

Obama: Let’s “spark a clean energy transformation… Make no mistake: This is a jobs bill.”

… in a decade, the price to the average American will be just about a postage stamp a day…. There is no longer a debate about whether carbon pollution is placing our planet in jeopardy. It’s happening. Memo to Obama …

U.S. Open at Bethpage Black hit by “global warming type” of record rainfall

They called this year’s U.S. Open “Bathpage.” And yes, Tiger Woods lost, even though I called him an “all-climate player” after he won “the brown British Open” at drought-stricken Royal Liverpool in 2006 and the “Hottest Major of All Time.” …

Sierra Club and 28 other NGOs weigh in on the house; LCV puts it foot down

The League of Conservation Voters has sent an “unprecedented letter” to House members stating (emphasis in original): In light of the tremendous importance of this legislation, LCV has made the unprecedented decision that we will not endorse any member of …

Health care reform is tougher than climate action

I realize that in the blogging world you get no credit for claiming things after-the-fact.  But what has been obvious to some of us for a while is now I think becoming painfully obvious to the White House and Congressional …

Waxman, Peterson announce agreement on cap-and-trade bill paving way for final vote this week

From a scientific perspective, the deal Waxman made with the aggies is not optimal.  From the perspective of consequences in the real world, however, I just don’t see how this deal changes any of the major outcomes of the bill …

NASA’s James Hansen arrested in protest on mountaintop removal

Two years ago, the nation’s top climate scientist wrote, “It seems to me that, as yet, it is difficult to use actions of our government as grounds for civil disobedience, however egregiously stupid those actions are” (see Hansen on “civil …