Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

Business groups, community activists blast California’s cap-and-trade plans

One day after being applauded at a climate change summit in posh Beverly Hills, California officials faced a different kind of reception during a Sacramento public hearing on the state’s monumental greenhouse gas reduction plan. A standing room only crowd …

Climate & Energy

Waxman may move to put climate allies at head of key subcommittees

As the new chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has the authority to reorganize the panel’s subcommittees, which could have further implications for climate and energy policy in the 111th Congress. The position many enviro …

Climate & Energy

Advocates launch the Price Carbon Campaign

What do the defeat of the Lieberman-Warner cap-and-trade bill, the burst of the oil-price bubble, the Wall Street meltdown, the promise of a new political landscape in the wake of the fall elections, and the exigencies of the climate crisis …

Business & Technology

Alberta’s tar sands pose messy challenge for investors and ducks alike

  Photo: Stop the Tar Sands What could beat Amazonian deforestation, massive coal plants next to elementary schools, factory farming, mountaintop removal, and giant trash heaps in the middle of the ocean for the title of “the most destructive project …

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Straight-talk on coal from Brian Williams

“Coal. While you might have heard the phrase ‘clean coal’ during the presidential campaign, it’s actually an oxymoron. Wishful thinking. Coal does not burn cleanly and it’s hugely expensive to make it burn that way.” — NBC anchor Brian Williams, …

Climate & Energy

Notes from the conservative stagnation, Part 10

My occasional series on the conservative movement stagnation continues with Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Government Elimination Tax Reform. On Monday, the New York Times ran a long story, “Among Republicans, a Debate Over the Party’s Road Map …

Climate & Energy

The New York Times blows the bark beetle story

The so-called paper of record ran a major story Tuesday on the country’s most infamous climate-driven pest, “Bark Beetles Kill Millions of Acres of Trees in West.” Great story, other than neglecting to mention climate change. It’d be like an …

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Pelosi confirms intent to maintain the House global warming committee; Markey stays on

Yesterday, I posted on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s plans for the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, which is scheduled to dissolve at the end of the year. Signs pointed to her intent to keep the committee going …

Climate & Energy

Key senator signals piecemeal approach to climate legislation

David posted on Barbara Boxer’s big global warming announcement yesterday, in which the California senator promised to introduce two climate bills in January. The first would authorize a $15 billion clean-energy grant program, and the second would the EPA to …