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Business & Technology

First quarter cleantech VC funding hits $1 billion — green stimulus funds soar to $400 billion

Clean tech venture capital funding in the first quarter of 2009 hit $1 billion, according to “findings released today by the Cleantech Group in cooperation with Deloitte.” For the authors of the findings, the headline news was global cleantech VC …

Climate & Energy

Cato’s skeptic ads draw a flurry of responses

The ad questioning scientific consensus on climate change. Cato Institute The libertarian Cato Institute spent serious free-market cash on its full-page ad questioning climate change on Monday, placing it in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, …

Climate & Energy

Hot climate? Try on some sizzling shorts

The makers of the film “Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy“ (one of whom, Randy Olson, I interviewed for Grist, here) are holding a video contest among students at three universities that hosted screenings of Sizzle last month (Cal State Fullerton, …

Climate & Energy

Survey says: Americans concerned about global warming, want policy change, like money

An interesting report out today from Public Agenda, entitled “The Energy Learning Curve.”  They report on a survey that is both heartening with respect to the public perceptions of global warming (and needs for policy response thereto) and frustrating for …

Climate & Energy

House Republican leader continues to distort costs of cap-and-trade

As David noted yesterday, the figures Republicans are using to malign the cap-and-trade plan that Democrats put out this week are utterly, certifiably false. But that didn’t stop Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) from repeating them in yet another press …

Business & Technology

U.S. government paying industry to pollute

Chris Hayes has a blockbuster scoop up on The Nation: “Pulp Nonfiction,” about how the U.S. government will pay the paper industry up to $8 billion this year to emit more carbon dioxide. Yeah, you read that right. The horror …

Climate policy myths

Myth: Democrats support good climate policy and Republicans oppose it

Energy and climate scramble the usual left-right political divisions. Many of the big fights are not among parties but among regions and levels of government. In the U.S. Congress, to be sure, the Republicans=obstructionists formula holds with virtually no exceptions …

Climate policy myths

Myth: Unlike cap-and-trade, a carbon tax is simple, immune to manipulation, & politically palatable

A strange-bedfellows political coalition, everyone from the CEO of Exxon to climate scientist James Hansen, supports a carbon tax as an alternative to cap-and-trade. Tax proponents allege that cap-and-trade is too complicated; too friendly to financial industry tricks and manipulations; …

Climate policy myths

Myth: Consensus on policy is possible even among those who disagree about climate change

John McCain popularized this notion during his ill-fated presidential campaign, assuring skeptical conservative audiences that whether or not they believed in climate change, they should support clean energy policy. The appeal is clear enough: climate change is politically divisive. It’s …