Climate & Energy

Gore mobilizes his “army” to fight for climate action and take on gravest U.S. security

As the House Energy and Commerce Committee completes its work on the Waxman-Markey climate bill, Al Gore’s army is mobilizing to support it. Gore hosted a North American Summit late last week in Nashville, convening 500 of the 2,600 volunteers …

Waxman-Markey: ‘80% less by 2050’ is too hard, let’s do 46%

I’ve read humongous books in my time, most memorably Cloudsplitter, Russell Banks’ magisterial cinderblock-sized novel of John Brown, the anti-slavery warrior whose “Bloody Kansas” campaign in the 1850s helped provoke the Civil War. The similarly supersized Waxman-Markey bill couldn’t be …

Weakening amendments fail as American Clean Energy and Security Act moves through markup

The second day of markup on the Waxman/Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act (H.R. 2454) saw a series of amendments from opponents designed to weaken the green economy bill fail in a series of votes. The debate on amendments …

Waxman-Markey gets it right with its allocations to regulated utilities

This post is reprinted from Climate Progress. As the U.S. makes significant progress towards enacting a cap-and-trade system to control greenhouse gas emissions, some are worried that the new Waxman-Markey bill (W-M or H.R. 2454) may enable polluting utilities to …

EPA: Markup of clean energy act has lower compliance costs

This post is co-written with Sean Pool. As the House Energy and Commerce Committee deliberations continue on the American Clean Energy and Security Act, H.R. 2454, opponents have made a number of wild charges about the cost of the bill. …

Waxman-Markey Rorschach blot, illustrated

I said in a post the other day that the Waxman-Markey bill is a Rorschach blot. Here’s a good way of making the point. This is the World Resources Institute’s estimate of emissions reductions under Waxman-Markey — the original draft …

The week in fruitloopery: jaw-dropping things Republicans are saying about climate and energy

I hope everyone’s following the Waxman-Markey hearings via C-SPAN and Twitter, specifically @kate_sheppard @climatebill and @MarkeyMemo.  If you’re not, you’re missing some vintage fruitloopery. Really jaw-dropping stuff. Here are a few videos rounded up from the last few days. Rep. …

Final vote on climate bill in Energy and Commerce Committee to come soon

The deal was set this morning.  As The Washington Post (among others) just reported: At the start of Day Four of the committee’s debate, ranking Republican Joe Barton (Texas) said he and Chairman Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) had agreed to …

Gore vs. Hansen: Enviros take sides in debate over House climate bill

Photo illustration by Tom Twigg / Grist[Updated: June 1, 2009] The Waxman-Markey climate and energy bill, now moving through the House, is polarizing the environmental community. Longtime climate crusader Al Gore says we should do all we can to get …