Politics

Greening the election

The Mustache way

The Mustache wants a green pony: In this election cycle, we need to hold a “Green Debate,” devoted only to energy and environmental questions. I would suggest Tulane University in New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2007 — the second anniversary of Katrina. That would give the candidates, Republicans and Democrats, all summer to develop positions and it would give the voters all fall to examine them before the big primaries in February 2008. I would like to see each party’s candidates questioned separately, so Republican voters and Democrats can each focus on their primary candidates. The questioning should be done …

An internally incoherent Republican position on global warming

If we aren’t causing it, why would reducing emissions fix it?

According to a new poll, a majority of folks in South Carolina — from both parties — agree that it’s time to do something about global warming. However, while the majority of Democrats polled believe that humans are driving recent warming, a majority of Republicans cite "natural processes." This position by Republicans, which I think is fairly common, strikes me as a strange artifact of their cultural biases. They see the notion that humans are driving global warming as part of a narrative spun by human-hating, nature-worshiping, blame-America-first liberals (the bogey man liberals that populate their dark fantasies, anyway). But …

Would Gore win?

Polls point to yes

There’s lots of interesting stuff in this new Quinnipiac poll, particularly this: Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani leads New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and other Democrats in the 2008 presidential race in three critical states – Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to Quinnipiac University’s Swing State Poll, three simultaneous surveys of voters in states that have been pivotal in presidential elections since 1964. But former Vice President Al Gore, who is not yet a candidate, runs better against Republican challengers in most Swing State matchups than Sen. Clinton or Illinois Sen. Barack Obama. … … “Mayor Rudolph Giuliani …

Schwarzenegger doesn't like having Johnson in his face

Legally speaking

California is threatening to sue the U.S. EPA for obstructionism. You’ll recall that the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled decisively that CO2 is a pollutant under the Clean Air Act, and that implementing restrictions on vehicle CO2 emissions does not abrogate the DOT’s authority to set fuel-efficiency standards. That ruling pretty well destroys the legal basis for the lawsuits automakers have filed against Calif. and other states adopting tough vehicle emissions standards. Now the only thing standing between California and implementation of its standards is a waiver from the U.S. EPA exempting it from the federal Clean Air Act. The …

B.C. joins WRCAI

More exciting than it sounds

British Columbia has just joined Schwarzenegger’s Western Regional Climate Action Initiative, which is meant … … to identify, evaluate and implement ways to collectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the region and to achieve related co-benefits. The initiative requires partners to set an overall regional goal to reduce emissions, develop a market-based, multi-sector mechanism to help achieve that goal, and participate in a cross-border greenhouse gas (GHG) registry. That’s B.C., California, Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, and Arizona working together on the West Coast. Add to that Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Maryland, the District of …

Boxer discusses global warming

Video, yo

Here’s Sen. Barbara Boxer (most appropriately named!), discussing global warming at the National Press Club (for 25 min.). Good stuff: (h/t: Hugg)

Congress gets a sustainability complex

Shooting for a green capitol

No, it's not a new psychological disorder, but a plan for greening the capitol complex. Over at Building Design and Construction they've got a piece on the acceptance of a "green the capitol initiative."

Johnson Takes a Pounding

EPA administrator spars with Senate over climate action Senate Democrats badgered EPA administrator Stephen Johnson yesterday about the agency’s greenhouse-gas foot-dragging. They unleashed a barrage of questions at an Environment and Public Works Committee hearing, focusing on the recent Supreme Court ruling that said EPA has the authority to regulate carbon dioxide vehicle emissions. Faced with Johnson’s repeated assurance that the agency will “move expeditiously, but we are going to be moving responsibly” and his refusal to commit to a specific timeframe, Dems got twitchy. “There is no excuse for delay,” said Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), chair of the committee, …

The Nation takes on climate change

Lots o’ goodies

The Nation has devoted its current issue to "surviving the climate crisis," and it’s chock full o’ good stuff. First up is Jim Hansen, the World’s Least Censored Censored Scientist, who recommends the following five steps: "First, there should be a moratorium on building any more coal-fired power plants until we have the technology to capture and sequester the CO2." A gradually increasing price on CO2 emissions. Energy-efficiency standards. A National Academy of Sciences panel to study ice-sheet stability and nonlinear ice-sheet collapse. Reform of government communication practices. Next up is Christian Parenti, who gets a lot of things forcefully …