Politics

Plans to boost energy efficiency start getting traction in Congress

What’s not to love about energy efficiency? It’s the paradigmatic win-win scenario — save money, protect the climate and broader environment, and reduce reliance on unsavory sources of energy, all in one fell swoop. As efficiency guru Amory Lovins puts it [PDF], “Using energy more efficiently offers an economic bonanza — not because of the benefits of stopping global warming, but because saving fossil fuel is a lot cheaper than buying it.” But until recently, energy efficiency has had about as much sex appeal as, well, Amory Lovins. While Congress has tacked a smattering of appliance efficiency standards onto omnibus …

Barack Tease

Obama pledges to save the civilized world with baby steps “This is our generation’s moment to save future generations from global catastrophe,” declared Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama in a speech on Friday. He heralded a “grassroots effort to make America greener and end the tyranny of oil.” And just as greens were up on their collective tippie-toes, primed for a collective Obamagasm, he … proposed a small boost in U.S. vehicle fuel-efficiency standards. Oh. Obama’s “National Low Carbon Fuel Standard,” which would federalize vehicle emissions standards put forward by California and since adopted by eight other states, would lower …

Another day, another carbon trading scandal

Gee whiz

The London Times covers a carbon trading scandal in in India. Like our own New York Times, they bury the lede: BRITISH companies are handing over millions of pounds to an Indian chemical plant so that western firms can continue to pump out thousands of tons of greenhouse gases.

Karl Rove meets Sheryl Crow

Drama ensues!

Gore campaign staff gathering?

A fish story in the Telegraph

Update [2007-4-22 12:29:39 by David Roberts]: Gore’s people deny it all. Figured. Friends of Al Gore have secretly started assembling a campaign team in preparation for the former American vice-president to make a fresh bid for the White House. So says Tim Shipman in the Telegraph. I suggest a high degree of skepticism. The story is built on leaks from two members of Gore’s 2000 campaign team. They say they were approached by other former Gore staffers about whether they’d be available to help Gore if he ran. Both were told that the former staffers were not working on behalf …

Different Farm Bill this time around?

Pollan weighs in

Michael Pollan thinks so. Let's hope he's right. Call your Senators and Representatives to make sure.

Shooting fish in barrels for Earth Day

Once a year, the press notices that politics is bad for the environment

Almost too easy: [S]urrounded by boxes of energy-efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs [Pelosi] wants to install in 12,000 desk lamps, she became conspicuously vague when asked about the pair of towering smokestacks four blocks away. Congress runs the Capitol Power Plant, which heats and cools buildings on the Hill. Two senators ensure it burns coal, one of the dirtiest fossil fuels.

Have Some Class: "What's your plan?"

Students ask candidates the tough questions

Starting this weekend, students across the country will begin accosting politely approaching presidential candidates and asking them to share their plans on global warming. The effort is part of a new national campaign called "What’s Your Plan?" by The Student PIRGs and a coalition of other eco-groups. Their hope is that by trailing the candidates at campaign appearances and hounding them about their plans, the students will be able to show that young people will be playing a big part in this presidential election and that the issues that affect them — like global warming — should be addressed. Sign …

Mitt Romney (R) endorses Hitler’s energy policy!!1!

New York Sun has the details. (h/t: Wolcott)

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