Politics

Obama, CTL, and opportunity costs

Better, but still not great

This statement from Obama is a welcome clarification of his position on liquid coal: he says he won’t support it unless it demonstrates “at least 20% less life-cycle carbon than conventional fuels.” The key term, …

The power of the coal lobby

It makes Senate Dems act like wussies

Remarkable: The bill is being circulated by Senator Jeff Bingaman, Democrat of New Mexico, chairman of the Senate Energy Committee and the energy bill’s lead author. Until this week, Mr. Bingaman had opposed big subsidies …

Lobbyists belly up to the energy trough

New energy legislation in Congress debates various terrible solutions

This piece in the NYT is pretty depressing. It’s about the main battles around the upcoming energy legislation. Here are the points of contention: Ethanol subsidies Coal and nuclear subsidies CAFE standards On pretty much …

Action on federal renewable energy standard

Make your opinion heard

Senator Bingaman is with the majority of Americans in wanting more renewable energy. Accordingly, he has authored legislation that would require utilities to increase renewables in their portfolio to 15 percent by 2020. Senator Domenici is with the craven few who don't want this to happen. Accordingly, he has authored an amendment to redefine qualifying renewables to include nukes and coal. So tricky! But we are on to him. The vote on Domenici's amendment will take place this afternoon. Calls to the following swinging senators by 2 p.m. EDT today could make all the difference. Minn. - Coleman - 202.224.5641 N.H. - Gregg - 202.224.3324 Ark. - Pryor - 202.224.2353 Ark. - Lincoln - 202.224.4843 Kan. - Brownback - 202.224.6521 Ind. - Bayh - 202.224.5623 Ore. - Smith - 202.224.3753 Mo. - McCaskill - 202.224.6154 W.Va. - Rockefeller- 202.224.6472 If you live in or know anyone in these states, consider calling ASAP. Talking points: Hi, my name is XXXX and I'm calling from [city, state]. I'm calling to ask Senator XXXX to oppose Senator Domenici's amendment to the national renewable portfolio standard bill. The amendment would weaken the deployment of truly clean and renewable electricity sources like wind, solar, biomass, and geothermal. The renewable standard is intended to promote our development of clean, new energy sources, not give more subsidies to the coal and nuclear industries. The bill provides a way to save consumers like me money on their utility bills by increasing the competition from renewable energy sources and reducing the demand for natural gas Thank you. Action courtesy of UCS

Two presidential ads on global warming

From the candidates with the best plans and least chances

The two Democratic presidential candidates with the strongest energy plans and, um, least chance of winning have come out with new ads based on global warming. Here’s Chris Dodd’s: Here’s Bill Richardson’s: (via Hugg)

CTL stupid compared to plug-in hybrids, say experts, people who can read

A couple of heavy-duty energy wonks from Carnegie Mellon have this to say: The House Committee on Energy and Commerce is considering enacting policies to subsidize the production of transportation fuel from coal-to-liquid projects. Tepper …

Yet another guide to the candidates on global warming

They just keep coming

Speaking of guides to the candidates’ positions on global warming and other guides to the candidates’ positions on global warming, here’s yet another guide to the candidates’ positions on global warming — this one from …

Another guide to the candidates on energy and climate change

More useful

Speaking of guides to the candidates’ positions on global warming, here’s another guide to the candidates’ positions on global warming — this one is from LCV, and it looks to be a little more specific …

MoveOn fights liquid coal

Sign the petition!

I opened my inbox the other day and thought I must be dreaming: the venerable progressive organization MoveOn is taking on coal-to-liquids (CTL). This is from an email they sent to their over three million …

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