Climate & Energy

North-South deal has states cooperating on rainforest protection

The major announcement at the first day of the Governors’ Global Climate Summit was that the states of California, Illinois and Wisconsin, along with six states in Brazil and Indonesia, have agreed create a joint program for protecting and restoring …

Governors’ Summit videos

Just FYI, the sessions at the Governors’ Climate Summit Kate and I are attending are all being recorded and are available online. One thing I’ve learned so far: No matter how important carbon measurement and tracking and inventories are, they …

Utility sues Kansas over landmark coal-plant rejection

Sunflower Electric Power Company has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Kansas for its landmark denial last year of an air permit the company needed to build two coal-fired power plants in the western part of the state. …

British lawmakers OK landmark climate bill

With lawmakers’ final approval on Tuesday, Britain has become the first country in the whole wide world to make a legally binding commitment to cut emissions 80 percent by 2050.

Grist talks to Terry Tamminen about the Governors’ Climate Summit

We caught up with Terry Tamminen for a few minutes this afternoon to talk about the Governors’ Global Climate Summit, an event he played a pivotal role in organizing. Tamminen, an influential wonk who has the ear of Republicans and …

Dem leaders call for $100 billion stimulus with green components

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert C. Byrd yesterday unveiled a $100.3 billion economic recovery package [PDF] that they say will create 635,000 new jobs. The plan includes a number of green initiatives, including investments …

More Dingell-Waxman drama

In today’s news on the Dingell-Waxman battle for the Energy and Commerce Committee, John Dingell (D-Mich.) has rounded up the backing of several conservative-leaning conservation groups, including the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, Ducks Unlimited, American Rivers, and Trout Unlimited. He also …

Shellenberger and Nordhaus smear Gore by making stuff up

Yes, I understand that Shellenberger and Nordhaus are desperate for any media attention they can get, which is why they go after Democrats and not Republicans. And everybody understands S&N don’t get global warming at all ever since Nordhaus made …

The data show the planet still keeps warming

RealClimate has a great post, “Mind the Gap!” that explains some of the confusion about recent temperature trends. Two key datasets, from the U.K.’s Hadley Centre and NASA show warming, as I’ve noted before. But “there are no permanent weather …