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  • Clean-energy future: On your markup …

    At 1:00 p.m. EDT today the House Energy and Commerce Committee will begin its deliberations on the American Clean Energy and Security Act, H.R. 2454, sponsored by Committee Chair Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Energy and the Environment Subcommittee Chair Ed Markey (D-MA). The committee plans to debate and vote on amendments this week with a […]

  • Peterson: Leave ethanol alone, or I’ll nuke Waxman-Markey

    What GHG footprint? Peterson, right, with tractor rep. House Ag committee chair Collin Peterson (D.-Minn.) has already made it clear that he’s furious that the EPA has proposed a framework for assessing the greenhouse gas footprint of ethanol. Now he’s vowing to use his clout to crush the historic Waxman-Markey climate change bill, unless Congress […]

  • A summary of the climate bill

    Let me start by warning/notifying readers that this week will see a lot of posts about Waxman-Markey.  The name of this blog is Climate Progress — and I so rarely get to blog on actual climate progress! This is, after all, the first bill to require reductions in global warming pollution ever considered by a […]

  • Greenpeace’s indefensible attack on the House clean energy bill

    I can certainly understand why people are unhappy with the weakening of Waxman-Markey.  Heck, I lowered the grade for it to B or B-. But I wasn’t grading on a curve.  The bill remains a stunning legislative achievement that (if enacted) would require the United States to eliminate virtually all greenhouse gas emissions in four […]

  • Contempt of Congress

    Memo to House GOP:  We get it.  You don’t believe in clean, safe sources of energy that never run out or in protecting our children and grandchildren from catastrophic global warming or in competing with China, Japan, and Europe for the jobs and industries of the future or in making polluters pay (see House GOP […]

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    Obama praises breakthrough on climate legislation in weekly address

    In his weekly address on Saturday, President Barack Obama praised Democratic Congressional leaders for their breakthrough on climate and energy legislation as a “promising sign of progress” on a top issue for his administration.” “Chairman Henry Waxman and members of the Energy and Commerce Committee brought together stakeholders from all corners of the country – […]

  • Cap-and-trade permit giveaway hurt Waxman-Markey effectiveness

    The new Waxman-Markey bill gives away 80% of permits for the first five years. Because I’m confident others will write about climate justice issues in this bill, I thought I’d discuss how giving away large numbers of permits weakens cap-and-trade effectiveness. Cap-and-trade, to the extent that it works, drives behavior through price.  Polluters decide on […]

  • Al Gore rallies his grassroots supporters to help pass House climate bill

    The climate dream team? Rep. Henry Waxman, former VP Al Gore and Rep. Ed Markey are set on getting a cap-and-trade climate bill passed ASAP.AP photos / composite by Tom Twigg NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Al Gore on Thursday kicked off a new phase of his campaign against climate change, calling on his volunteers across the […]

  • Some enviro groups not happy with Waxman-Markey bill

    Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.) released the much-anticipated full text (PDF) of their climate legislation on Friday, prompting several big-name green groups to take sides on whether or not the House Democrats’ bill is strong enough. Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, and Public Citizen released a joint statement on Wednesday as reports […]