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Ann Carlson

Blog Entries by Ann Carlson

California's Cap-and-Trade May Solve State's Budget Problems

(7) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 3:51 PM

By electing a supermajority of Democrats to the California Assembly and Senate, Californians may have found an easy way to free up as much as $14 billion a year for the general fund without any new tax increases. Why? Because auction money raised from California's cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse...

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California Climate Policy: Good for the Environment, Good for Business

(10) Comments | Posted October 20, 2011 | 5:04 PM

By Ann Carlson and Dan Emmett

Every major meteorological organization in the world agrees that 2010 was the hottest year on record, continuing a dangerous trend. Texas is experiencing the worst drought in its history. Lack of rain has created massive food shortages and human catastrophe...

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EPA's Jackson Is Moving Fast to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

(3) Comments | Posted October 1, 2009 | 1:56 AM

Today's announcement by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson that the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing to regulate greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from factories, utilities and refineries is a big deal. The proposed rule would require new businesses and businesses that modify their operations and that emit 25,000 or more...

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Obama's Bold New Auto Standards

(7) Comments | Posted May 18, 2009 | 6:12 PM

In what is a huge victory for California and a strong national commitment to more fuel efficient cars, the Obama administration will reportedly grant California its waiver to issue tough greenhouse gas emissions standards while at the same time combining those standards with a new national Corporate Automotive Fuel...

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Wildfires Cause Climate Change, Climate Change Causes Wildfires

(4) Comments | Posted May 8, 2009 | 3:30 PM

An obvious question about the raging wildfire in Santa Barbara is whether climate change is the cause. While it's impossible to blame any individual fire on increasing temperatures, we know that climate change is responsible for more frequent and more intense wildfires in the southwest. But less obvious and at...

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Oh What a Difference a President Makes

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2009 | 6:22 PM

We're not even 85 days into the Obama Administration and yet the signs of environmental change are all around us. The EPA announced today its formal determination under the Clean Air Act that greenhouse gases are pollutants that endanger public health and welfare. This is only the latest in...

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New York Times' Climate Skepticism

(9) Comments | Posted April 2, 2009 | 8:42 PM

Last Sunday's New York Times Magazine story about climate skeptic Freeman Dyson has me worried. For those readers who missed it, the profile is a largely favorable piece about Institute for Advanced Study scholar Dyson, best known for helping unite qunatum and electrodynamic theory and for his belief that...

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Bush Slams California on Climate Change

(16) Comments | Posted December 20, 2007 | 5:58 PM

Three days ago I suggested - naively - that perhaps the Bush Administration would turn in the right direction on climate change and grant California a waiver to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles. It hasn't and the EPA didn't. Continuing its record as the worst environmental administration in history,...

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Bush Administration's Climate Change?

(3) Comments | Posted December 18, 2007 | 1:30 PM

This week, for the first time since he took office in 2001, George Bush and his administration offered two glimmers of hope in ongoing efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The administration agreed to commit to international talks to negotiate a post-Kyoto protocol treaty to take effect in 2012. Bush...

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When Climate Change Becomes an Issue of National Security

(2) Comments | Posted December 4, 2007 | 7:58 PM

Contrast these two Bush Administration positions. Yesterday, 10,000 participants began two weeks of meetings in Bali in an attempt to negotiate a new international agreement to limit carbon emissions quickly and dramatically. The Bush Administration -- which only recently decided even to send a delegation to the talks - has...

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Where's the Press?

(22) Comments | Posted November 21, 2007 | 1:01 PM

Last Saturday, the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its most definitive report ever on global warming -- saying that "warming of the climate is unequivocal." At the same time, three Democratic presidential candidates debated global warming and energy policy on stage in Los Angeles. The debate received almost...

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