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Here Come a Bunch of Bills Aimed at Blocking EPA's Ability to Regulate Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Posted February 3, 2011 | 16:10:49 (EST)

The Climate Post offers a rundown of the week in climate and energy news

The Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich) unveiled draft legislation to block the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's authority to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air...

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Chinese Premier Hu Jintao's Visit Prompts Soul Searching in U.S. Energy and Climate Circles

Posted January 20, 2011 | 23:17:16 (EST)

The Climate Post Offers a Rundown of the Week in Climate and Energy News

The truly astonishing amount of material that came out after a recent visit by China's President Hu Jintao is a measure of how pivotal energy and climate change are between...

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Amidst a Giant Snowstorm, Last Year Was Declared Hottest Year Ever

Posted January 13, 2011 | 16:00:34 (EST)

The Climate Post Offers a Rundown of the Week in Climate and Energy News

Not everyone can have the media savvy of Snooki, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's timing couldn't be worse: with snow in every state but Florida (yes, even Hawaii),...

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In an Energy-Scarce World, Is Energy Efficiency Finally King?

Posted January 8, 2011 | 17:45:05 (EST)

The Climate Post Offers a Rundown of the Week in Climate and Energy News

In 1865 William Stanley Jevons pointed out something paradoxical: historically, the better we get at efficiently using a resource, the more of that resource we use. Known as the "Jevons paradox," it's been the...

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Cancun Climate Talks Limp to a Compromise at Close of Hottest Year on Record

Posted December 16, 2010 | 11:31:27 (EST)

The Climate Post Offers a Rundown of the Week in Climate and Energy News

It's official, at least according to NASA: worldwide, 2010 was the hottest year on record. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.K. Met Office Hadley Centre may disagree, but...

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Some Progress in Cancún Climate Talks, but Mostly a Morass of Competing, Even Mutually Exclusive Interests

Posted December 9, 2010 | 14:23:13 (EST)

The Climate Post Offers a Rundown of the Week in Climate and Energy News

Monday, negotiators at the Cancún climate summit got down to brass tacks, settling into "vast, sunless meeting rooms, intent on restoring the credibility of a process aimed at slowing global warming." There...

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Trove of Scientific Papers Paints Most Accurate Portrait of Earth's Future Yet

Posted December 3, 2010 | 12:12:23 (EST)

The Climate Post Offers a Rundown of the Week in Climate and Energy News

Just in time for the ongoing talks on what, if anything, the nations of Earth can agree to do about climate change in Cancún, Mexico, the U.K.'s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change...

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Why Solar Can't Go Mainstream Without Sarah Palin

Posted November 18, 2010 | 15:28:20 (EST)

The Climate Post Offers a Rundown of the Week in Climate and Energy News

Solar-power buying club One Block Off the Grid makes a case on its blog that of the millions of American households that could be saving money with solar, only a fraction are -- and...

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Climate Scientists: It's War

Posted November 11, 2010 | 16:57:04 (EST)

The Climate Post offers a rundown of the week in climate and energy news:

"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...

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Pre-Election Maneuvering Marked by Fits of Climate Skepticism

Posted October 28, 2010 | 12:37:55 (EST)

The Climate Post Offers a Rundown of the Week in Climate and Energy News.

"Recent comments from top White House and congressional contenders suggest an awkward mix of outright hostility or, at best, ambivalence toward the widespread scientific consensus that humans are responsible for the warming planet,"

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Is Americans' Climate Ignorance a Tragedy or an Opportunity?

Posted October 21, 2010 | 17:56:41 (EST)

The Climate Post Offers a Rundown of the Week in Climate and Energy News.

Half of Americans polled by researchers at Yale University are woefully ill-informed about climate change, including the 43 percent that believe "if we stopped punching holes in the ozone layer with rockets,...

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When a Cigar Is Just a Cigar: Psychoanalyzing the GOP's Flourishing Climate Skepticism

Posted October 15, 2010 | 13:56:37 (EST)

The Climate Post Offers a Rundown of the Week in Climate and Energy News


A column in the National Journal points out the GOP is the only conservative party in the developed world in which denial of basic climate science is endemic, but one...

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Everybody Loves Clean Energy, but Nobody Wants to Pay for It -- Except for the Department of Defense

Posted October 8, 2010 | 14:13:34 (EST)

The Climate Post Offers a Rundown of the Week in Climate and Energy News

Cleantech venture capitalist David Anthony points out utilities and taxpayers don't want to pay to meet states' Renewable Energy Standards, so it's probably a good thing the U.S. Department of Energy has...

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