Climate & Energy

Climate & Energy

My robo-call from Gingrich

Here’s the call I got this morning, loosely paraphrased, initially from a live person and then with a recording from Newt. Newt (paraphrased): “I’m calling business leaders like yourself who understand the way that taxes cripple our economy, to ask …

Climate & Energy

Pelosi may keep House Global Warming Committee going

Ed Markey. In the wake of news that Henry Waxman will take over the House Energy and Commerce Committee, there’s been some speculation that Speaker Nancy Pelosi would scrap the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, which …

Climate & Energy

Cash from U.K. carbon auction may not go toward fixing climate

The United Kingdom held the E.U.’s first carbon-permit auction this week, raising some $80 million — but has angered environmentalists by socking away the funds into general coffers instead of promising to put the money toward tackling climate change.

Climate & Energy

Senator announces two climate bills to be introduced in January

Today, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, announced that she will introduce two pieces of green legislation in January. Barbara Boxer. The first is a proposal to create a grant program that would …

Climate & Energy

Climate activists take heart from Obama’s remarks

  It was snowing in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday morning as hundreds gathered to ask for action — the kind of omen that those of us who obsess about global warming look for. Maybe the incoming Obama administration really is …

Climate & Energy

The new administration’s success with climate policy will depend on where they start

A few observations as to what we can expect from the incoming administration: What they ultimately get done may be a function of what they do first. First off, our economic downturn is going to be long and deep. The …

Business & Technology

New business coalition calls for climate leg. with 100 percent auctions and focus on efficiency

Remember US-CAP, the business association calling for carbon legislation in the U.S.? Except the call is rather vague, and several US-CAP members lobbied to weaken policy proposals? And the whole thing smelled vaguely of concern trolling? Now a new business …

Climate & Energy

A chat with CARB chair and candidate for EPA chief Mary Nichols

On Wednesday at the Governors’ Global Climate Summit, we caught up with Mary Nichols, chair of the California Air Resources Board, a few minutes before she hosted the signing ceremony that culminated the event. As head of CARB since July …

Climate & Energy

Waxman to lead House panel that will shape any climate legislation

Breaking news out of Washington: Rep. John Dingell, the Michigan congressman who has used his position as chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee to protect Detroit’s automakers from serious environmental mandates, has lost his bid to continue leading the …