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  • Climate math: How the “Chicken Littles” cook the numbers

    The transition to clean energy, reducing our dependence on dangerous foreign oil and protecting our environment will cost less than some would have you think. In April, the EPA estimated that the American Clean Energy and Security Act would cost households less than the cost of a postage stamp each day, roughly $100-$140 per year. […]

  • Broad and diverse support for Waxman-Markey’s American Clean Energy and Security Act

    Support for the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 is coming in from a broad and diverse range of constituencies, including businesses, unions, elected officials, environmental groups, organizations representing low-income Americans and people of faith and coalitions combining some of those constituencies. Here are excerpts from letters that have been sent to the […]

  • The Waxman-Markey Rorschach blot

    In early June I’ll be speaking at a plenary session on climate politics at the America’s Future Now! conference organized by the Campaign for America’s Future. They asked me to write a post on the Waxman-Markey bill to kick off discussion in advance of the conference. The post is here, and reprinted below. —– The […]

  • You can’t build a new foundation with dirty energy

    Building a new foundation requires a lot of heavy machinery. Bulldozers to clear the land, extractors to dig the foundation, concrete-mixers to pour the cement, and trucks to haul the raw materials. So perhaps it’s appropriate that Jim Owens, the CEO of Caterpillar will be at the White House tomorrow for the first meeting of […]

  • Opponents continue to obstruct clean energy jobs push in Energy & Commerce Committee debate

    You can follow the continuing markup of the Waxman Markey bill on C-SPAN3 here.  I am reprinting below a daily update from the Center for American Progress Action Fun: Here’s what to look for as markup moves in to its second day WASHINGTON, DC—Yesterday brought few surprises as opening statements began in the House Energy […]

  • Nobelist Krugman strongly endorses Waxman-Markey

    The man who is arguably the most credible progressive expert on economics has begun to seriously weigh in on the clean energy and global warming bill (see Krugman: Climate action “now might actually help the economy recover from its current slump” by giving “businesses a reason to invest in new equipment and facilities”). In today’s […]

  • 10 Reasons to Support the Waxman-Markey Energy Bill

    By Daniel J. Weiss, Daniel Wagener 1. The Waxman-Markey bill will create jobs by spurring investment in renewables and efficiency. 2. Boosting investments in low-carbon energy will help the United States regain the lead in the manufacture and sale of clean-energy technologies. 3. The global warming threat is growing, and we have no more time […]

  • Republicans plan to offer hundreds of amendments to slow climate bill

    The House Energy and Commerce Committee kicked off debate of the Waxman-Markey climate bill on Monday, beginning what will likely be a grueling week of work to get the bill through the key panel before Memorial Day. “I think members ought to be prepared to work late every single night,” Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said […]

  • U.S. Chamber of Commerce split grows wider

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is famous for punishing officeholders and other political candidates who have the temerity to disagree with the Chamber’s views. But what happens when the U.S. Chamber’s own members and affiliates reject its “predictably stalwart” opposition to reasonable policies on climate change and green jobs? One “solution” is to try to […]