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Carbon Pollution

Opinion The Clean Power Plan: An Industrial Nightmare

Forest Trends | Posted 08.05.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

The Obama administration is finally trying to deal with climate change in a comprehensive way. Distracted in his first term by the recession and health care the President did not have the capacity to push the Waxman-Markey bill through the Senate.

What's Actually Driving Opponents of the Clean Power Plan?

Keith Gaby | Posted 08.12.2015 | Green
Keith Gaby

Opponents of the Clean Power Plan seem united in their belief that solving climate change is either unnecessary or should be very low on the list of national priorities. Their ideology remains fixed in a world of polluting energy. Fortunately for our children and grandchildren, the rest of us are moving forward.

Clinton's Bold Clean Energy Plan Is Within Reach

Frances Beinecke | Posted 07.29.2015 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Clinton's leadership on clean energy and climate action stands in stark contrast to the entire field of GOP presidential candidates. Only two Republican hopefuls acknowledge the science of climate change.

Carbon Confederacy

Terry Tamminen | Posted 07.27.2015 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Just as common decency and subsequent events proved the Confederacy to be on the wrong side of history after the American Civil War, we have ample evidence that states today should not be flying their Carbon Confederacy battle flag either.

Small Islands, Big Impact: Marshall Islands Set Bold Carbon Targets

David Saddington | Posted 07.21.2015 | Green
David Saddington

"If one of the world's smallest, poorest and most geographically isolated countries can do it, so can you..." As the Republic of the Marshall Isl...

Steady as She Goes: Lessons for the Clean Power Plan From the Supreme Court's Mercury and Healthcare Decisions

David Doniger | Posted 07.20.2015 | Green
David Doniger

The two decisions, taken together, tell us that the Clean Power Plan's prospects are, in fact, pretty good. Here are three reasons why.

Senator Kirk, If You Are Not Addressing Climate Change, You Are Not Addressing the Health of the Great Lakes

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.26.2015 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

Throughout his time in Congress, he has cast himself as a defender of the Great Lakes. But a decisive vote to prevent the EPA from enforcing efforts to cut carbon pollution puts Senator Kirk in the camp of folks trying to kill the most essential tool to safeguard the Lakes over the long-term.

A Senator's Turn Against Climate Action

Keith Gaby | Posted 06.23.2015 | Politics
Keith Gaby

Conservatives candidates tend to stay conservative in office and progressives stick to their beliefs, too. Moderates pretty much stay moderate. But last week, we witnessed the exclamation point of a radical shift when U.S. Senator Mark Kirk cast the deciding vote to gut a critical climate measure.

Chicago River Runs Backwards: A Climate Change Reminder for Senator Kirk

Henry Henderson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Chicago
Henry Henderson

A series of storms swept through Chicago, with violent monsoons hitting hard during the evening rush hour. By 6:40 p.m., the Chicago River had had enough. It was filled to the brim as the region's dilapidated combined sewer system funneled much of the rainy onslaught into its banks.

Clean Power Plan on Track: Court Dumps Bid to Block EPA from Curbing Power Plant Carbon Pollution

David Doniger | Posted 06.10.2015 | Green
David Doniger

The federal court of appeals in Washington rejected a bid to snuff out the EPA's Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's historic plan to put the first-ever limits on dangerous carbon pollution from the nation's 1500 coal- and gas-fired power plants.

Capito Bill Brings Out the Knives for the Clean Power Plan - Frightening Remake of Murder on the Orient Express

David Doniger | Posted 05.15.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Sen. Capito's bill thrusts multiple knives into the Clean Air Act, seeking to kill the Clean Power Plan in as many ways as coal and power company lobbyists can think of.

Every Breath You Take: State of the Air 2015

Harold Wimmer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Harold Wimmer

Think about this: more than 4 in 10 people in the United States live in counties that have unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution. Now think about this: in the time it took to read that, you probably took 4-5 breaths. Makes you want to know what was in that air, doesn't it?

A Call to Action on Climate for All Candidates for President of the United States

Rhea Suh | Posted 06.28.2015 | Green
Rhea Suh

Through rising seas, withering drought, catastrophic storms and other hallmarks of climate change, our world is telling us every way it knows how that it's time to cut the dangerous carbon pollution that's driving the climate crisis. Long before history judges our response, voters will decide which candidate best understands the threat we face.

My Best Friend Doesn't Believe in Climate Change

Anna Sabino | Posted 06.14.2015 | Green
Anna Sabino

Often, in my climate change conversations, I don't use controversial words. There's no point in me insisting on using "climate change," "global warming" or "deniers" if it makes anyone upset. Spreading the word about conservation and eliminating waste is more important than fighting over the usage of some controversial terms. Let's all be gentle to each other and our planet.

Put the Pollute-a-Rama to Bed

Rhea Suh | Posted 05.24.2015 | Green
Rhea Suh

The U.S. Senate is expected to pull an all-nighter on Thursday, potentially voting on more than four dozen budget-related measures by dawn before blowing out of town for a two-week spring break. It's what Beltway types call a "Vote-a-rama."

Ridley's Wall Street Journal Op-Ed Fixates on the Past and Ignores the Present to Try and Predict the Future

Climate Nexus | Posted 05.15.2015 | Green
Climate Nexus

Ridley's assertion that because fossil fuels provided the energy for development in the past means they should keep investing in fossil fuel infrastructure is like saying that developing countries should build punch-card computers for their technological needs.

First 50 Days: Nothing but the Big Polluter Agenda

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 04.27.2015 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Fifty days into the new Congress, McConnell has established himself as a champion of polluting industries. McConnell devoted much of this session to supporting the Keystone XL pipeline for dirty tar sands oil and trying to block the EPA from reducing climate change emissions.

Climate Questions From Smart Young Students

David Doniger | Posted 04.23.2015 | Green
David Doniger

One of the perks of my job is answering emails from high school and junior high students doing their first research projects on climate change science, policy, and politics.

EPA Can Make the Clean Power Plan Even Better

David Doniger | Posted 04.16.2015 | Green
David Doniger

The summer deadline is approaching for finalizing the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever limits on dangerous carbon pollution from the nation's power plants, and opponents are ratcheting up their complaints.

What About Keystone South?

Tom Weis | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
Tom Weis

We cannot let up until Keystone North is vanquished, but all signs continue to point to the president nixing TransCanada's cross-border permit. The latest flashing sign is a White House promise to veto a Keystone pipeline bill just passed by Congress.

The Future of Electricity 1: Why They Hate the Clean Power Rule

Carl Pope | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

Amidst groans and outcries of Presidential overreach, the reality is that such a rule was mandated by the Supreme Court. It establishes a carbon dioxide emission limit for each state's utility sector by 2030.

President Obama's Budget Highlights Investments to Curb Climate Pollution and Protect Vulnerable Communities

David Doniger | Posted 04.05.2015 | Green
David Doniger

The world's best scientists are telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we do not act forcefully, we'll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration, conflict, and hunger around the globe.

Anti-Koch: The Fight for Green Energy Is a Fight for the 99 Percent

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's getting harder to defend our economic and environmental interests against the corrupting influence of campaign cash. The struggle for a fairer economy is inseparable from the struggle to protect the planet -- and both will be more successful once we've removed big money from our political process.

Reality vs. Rhetoric: NamObama on Climate Change

Chaitanya Kumar | Posted 03.29.2015 | Green
Chaitanya Kumar

Both Obama and Narendra Modi (NaMo) have waxed eloquent on stronger economic ties and friendly cultural relations, but their statements on climate change need to go beyond platitudes and into action.

From Know-Nothingism to Do-Nothingism in the U.S. Senate

David Doniger | Posted 03.26.2015 | Green
David Doniger

In votes Wednesday on amendments to the controversial Keystone XL pipeline bill, some Republican Senators finally went on record acknowledging that man-made climate change is real. But it is clear that the Republican leadership and most members of their caucus still have no plans to do something about it.