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It isn't all about the margaritas

Important actions can be accomplished at climate negotiations in Cancun

We are not going to get a binding treaty in Cancun, Mexico when 194 countries meet to continue negotiations on international efforts to address climate change. And we are not going to finalize all of the details of new international efforts. So if you think the world only addresses climate change through a binding agreement and when all the details of the global effort are finalized, you’ll be disappointed in Mexico. But if you believe, as I do, that real action can occur without a "binding" agreement or having all the details completed you’ll be surprised to learn that some …

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Better innovate than never

Climate action plan: Innovate first, regulate later

With a bang in Copenhagen and a whimper in the U.S. Senate, the 20-year effort to deal with global warming by capping emissions and putting a price on carbon has come to an end. In the wake of the crash, climate advocates have advanced a range of ideas about how to move forward. Some suggest that a scaled-back version of cap-and-trade, focused only on the utility sector, might work. Others say we need a carbon tax that refunds all its revenue to the public. Still others insist that we must build a stronger political movement to overcome the opposition of …



The Climate Post: Climate scientists: It’s war

James Hansen."We are taking the fight to them because we are ... tired of taking the hits," Scott Mandia, professor of physical sciences at Suffolk County Community College in New York, told the Chicago Tribune. "The notion that truth will prevail is not working. The truth has been out there for the past two decades, and nothing has changed." A group of some 700 climate scientists have agreed to speak out as experts on questions about global warming and the role of man-made air pollution. James Hansen from NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies says scientists are bowing to pressure …


progress report

Taking on the global energy investment challenge

Governments can use policy measures alongside relatively small sums of public money to catalyze the private sector to help developing countries finance their clean energy transition.Photo: Center for American ProgressInternational negotiations on a comprehensive climate change treaty made limited progress this year, yet global investments in clean energy in both developed and developing countries alike continue apace. Ironically, there is a positive connection between the two -- despite the slow pace of negotiations to produce a comprehensive climate treaty, the discussions have produced a continuing and evolving commitment in the international arena to help developing countries finance their transition to …


Generation Ed

Will Ed Miliband take Britain’s Labor Party from red to green?

Ed Miliband, new leader of Britain’s Labor PartyPhoto: Ed Miliband campaignLONDON -- The fraternal psychodrama playing out in the Miliband family may have passed you by, but over here it's been the most interesting political soap since ... well ... Gordon and Tony. Previously on Miliband: Ed and David, sons of Marxist firebrand Ralph Miliband (a Jewish refugee from Nazi-occupied Belgium), enter politics. David, four years older, works in Prime Minister Tony Blair's office, becomes a member of parliament, swiftly moves up the ranks and becomes environment secretary, then foreign secretary, and is widely tipped to become Blair's successor and the …


A man, a plan, a can-do spirit -- climate action!

A climate 'Plan B' for team Obama

He’s ready for a new plan.Photo: The White HouseCongress' failure to act on global climate change was one of the reasons the diplomatic atmosphere was so chilly last year in Copenhagen. Congress has chilled the atmosphere again, four months before the international community meets in Cancun to resume its marathon crawl to a global climate treaty. From Bonn, where nations were attending five days of pre-Cancun negotiations this week, the Associated Press reported the Senate's failure to act on a climate bill has "deepened the distrust among poor countries about the intentions of the United States and other industrial countries" …



The blame Obama game

Photo: The White HouseOkay, we've had a few days to try to make sense of how a hulking climate bill can shrink to a lame-o energy bill, then shrivel to spill bill ultra-lite. It's interesting that President Obama has received much of the early blame, given that (10th-grade civics here!) Congress is a separate branch of government. But so it goes in the age of outsized expectations for the prez. Could have used some drama, Obama: That first wave of Obama zappers raged that the president hadn't just dropped the ball, he let the air out of it. One of …


The Rahm after the storm

Rahm Emanuel persuaded Obama to play it cool on climate bill. Post-spill, will the game plan change?

Rahm Emanuel: barrier to climate progress? Engulfed by the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, Barack Obama is trying to change the subject. On May 26, the president pledged to "keep fighting to pass comprehensive energy and climate legislation," and on June 2 he declared, "The time has come, once and for all, for this nation to fully embrace a clean-energy future." Pivoting from oil spill to climate bill makes sense -- a mandatory, declining cap on emissions is America's best chance to wean itself off of fossil fuels, and Obama's best chance to wring some good out of the …


A Walk Through the Week's Climate News

The Climate Post: Defining moment still seeks definition

First things first: Sens. John Kerry and Joe Lieberman last week unveiled their draft energy and climate legislation, called the American Power Act, in a Senate committee room overstuffed with lobbyists, policy wonks, journalists, and other observers. The bill's authors must steer it through the "usual" complexity intrinsic to the climate debates, and now too through the political storms over immigration reform and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Economic modeling is expected to take another few weeks at executive agencies, although first impressions have emerged in the media and on the Web, including the Pew …


He's a-paul-ed at Obama's 'apologizing' for capitalism

Rand Paul’s Copenhagen rant and other election notes

Climate and energy issues barely registered in this month's primary coverage, but Rand Paul (son of Ron) saw fit to take on the Copenhagen climate talks after becoming the Republican Senate candidate in Kentucky last night. "We have a president who went to Copenhagen and appeared with Robert Mugabe, Hugo Chávez and others -- Evo Morales -- to apologize for the Industrial Revolution," he said. "These petty dictators say that to stop climate change it's about ending capitalism. The president, by attending Copenhagen, gives credibility and credence to these folks, and he should not go." Reality check: Obama supports a …