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Why I'm Not Freaked Out About the Waxman-Markey Bill

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

There is no reason to think that this bill is going to be Obama's only legacy on energy. Already there's been the stimulus bill, the new mileage standards and the big climate impacts report.

Reckoning at Coal River: Media and Nation Must Bear Witness to Coalfield Tragedy This Week

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The human rights and constitutional violations of American citizens besieged by ruthless outside coal companies will be on full display this week to the national media and the nation.

Clean Coal Knee-Capping: Secretary Chu Makes $1 Billion Down Payment For More Dirty Coal

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

A lot of hot air has been emitted on the dangerous oxymoron of "clean coal. The truth is that carbon capture and storage technology is still in its experimental phase

Rolling Stone's Environmental Rock Stars

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

It may not be the cover of Rolling Stone, but the Sierra Club's own Bruce Nilles is nonetheless a rock star for being No. 74 on the iconic rock magazine's "RS 100: Agents of Change" list.

Big Coal Defeat! Rednecks and Greens Announce Victory at Blair Mountain

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

After 500 mountains in Appalachia have been blown to bits by mountaintop removal, one peak was most likely saved: Blair Mountain in West Virginia.

Hey Sen. Durbin: FutureGen Dogs Bark, Green Caravan Moves On

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

While Durbin's eyes are on the prize of "38 billion tons of coal" that sit under our feet in the Illinois coal basin, he is missing the renewable energy revolution that is sweeping the rest of the nation.

From Clinton To Obama: Why Climate Is Different Now

US News and World Report | Kenneth T. Walsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

From an interview with Carol Browner: What's changed in the country since you were last in government? I think the American people have a better unde...

Dirty Coal Has Left the Building: Live Blog from DC

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Author Bill McKibben held down the corner of the park with plenty of media cameras. He declared simply: "Coal is killing the planet. Green energy is going to drive us out of this recession."

Powershift09 to Capitol Power Action: Follow the Young

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

As the first massive act of civil disobedience, thousands will cross the line to demand an end to our nation's denial of the spiraling impact of dirty coal and old coal-fired plants.

The State of Green -- Obama and the First 20 days

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jack Hidary

Holly Kaufman: "Obama has ushered in a refreshing reliance on science, and a commitment to letting scientific fact, and even scientific hunch, see the light of day."

Dear Obama and Gov. Manchin: Act on Coal River Crisis

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The mechanization of above-ground mountaintop removal has prevented a diverse economy and led to a decrease in coal mining jobs in some of the highest poverty stricken strip-mining areas.

Carol Browner Strikes Fear Into The Hearts Of Coal Allies

National Journal Magazine | Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009 | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Rather than taking aim at Jackson or Sutley, Republican senators feeling apprehensive about the new administration's goals directed their fire at the ...

Big Coal Gift in Senate Stimulus Package While Coal Profits Soar

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

There's a new detail on this "clean coal" money: $2 billion are no longer slated for zero emissions plants, but "near-zero emissions" plants -- so much for all of those ads about zero emissions.

Obama Cabinet's Commitment To Real Science: Will Direct Focus First Towards Global Warming

Salon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The greatest task of the Obama administration -- and the next 10 presidents -- is to avoid catastrophic global warming. The latest science warns that ...

Coal Industry Pressured Browner Into Ignoring Coal Ash 8 Years Ago

American News Project | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In March of 2000, during the last days of the Clinton administration, the EPA decided coal ash was a hazardous waste. Then, two months later, it flipp...

Blago's Symbolic Parting Gift to Dirty Coal: Will Obama Follow?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Jeff Biggers

Impeachment notwithstanding, Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a bill this week that will send another $18 million down the "clean coal" rabbit hole in Illinois. The delusional symbolism couldn't be more obvious.

Right-Wing Conspiracy: Obama "Climate Czar" Is "Socialist"

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The right wing has discovered that Carol Browner, President-elect Barack Obama's new White House energy and environment adviser, was briefly a member ...

Coal Ash Crisis Management: What's It Going to Take -- Dead Bodies?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Instead of crisis management, we need to phase-out all wet storage of toxic coal ash, inspect all toxic coal ash storage and disposal units and enact federal regulation of all toxic coal ash storage and disposal.

Phasing Out of Transition and Into the Book Business

Mike Lux | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Lux

Leaving transition work, I find myself a lot more hopeful about generally progressive policy coming out of the Obama administration than some of my friends in the progressive blogosphere.

The Danger of Green Stimulus

Jesse Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jesse Jenkins

With green jobs now positioned as "the solution" to both the economy and the climate, Obama has cover to take the politically expedient route of short-term green stimulus while ignoring serious climate policy.

Obama's Team Has Fought Each Other On Environment Since 1997

New York Times | JOHN M. BRODER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Mr. Summers, then the deputy Treasury secretary, said at the time that there was a compelling scientific case for action on global warming but that a ...

Obama's Green Team Split On Curbs

New York Times | John Broder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In the fall of 1997, when the Clinton administration was forming its position for the Kyoto climate treaty talks, Lawrence H. Summers argued that the ...

Obama Climate Czar Intentionally Erased Digital Trail

Washington Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Don't bother looking for any electronic records of Carol Browner's first stint as a federal government executive. The soon-to-be Obama administration ...

Ash Christmas: Yesterday's TVA Coal Disaster is Toxic Wake Up Call to Nation

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

Coal ash contains mercury, lead, and arsenic. Nearly 800 Olympic-size swimming pools of that toxic mix are flowing into the waterways of Tennessee right now.

Dear Carol Browner: Dirty Coal Will Turn Green Recovery Gray

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

The incoming Secretary of Energy will have the choice of committing billions of dollars to relaunch the shipwrecked FutureGen coal-fired plant, or allocating that amount of funding to launch a sustainable wind or solar clean jobs project in the same Illinois area.