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U.S. Electric Sector Expected To Hit Lowest Emissions In 20 Years

The Huffington Post | Lydia Oconnor | Posted 11.04.2015 | Business

The U.S. electric sector is expected to hit its lowest carbon emissions since 1995 this year, partly due to the widespread closure of coal-powered pow...

We Are All Better for Representative Henry Waxman's Work

Frances Beinecke | Posted 04.01.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

In every battle and in every moment that mattered most, Rep. Waxman stood up for the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the wild places we cherish.

Better to Charge for Emissions Than Ban New Coal Plants

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

Rather than banning the construction of new coal-fired power plants, America should tax domestic carbon emissions. Then we could enact carbon tariff on imports, and thereby level the playing field for our manufacturers.

The 40-Day Pledge on the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sen. Ed Markey

For forty years, we have fought against the polluters to create a safer, healthier planet. For the next forty days, we must continue the fight.

Betting Smartly on the Smart Grid

Sunil Sharan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sunil Sharan

With a complete makeover for the U.S. energy grid projected to cost $165 billion, it is imperative that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act allocations are made judiciously.

Waking America From the BP Nightmare

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sen. Ed Markey

BP's spill safety response plans include references to protecting walruses, which have not called the Gulf of Mexico home for 3 million years. The American people deserve oil safety plans that are ironclad and not boilerplate.

Climate and Energy Politics and the Mid-Term Elections

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

Because President Obama will be focusing on jobs and the economy between now and November, climate and energy legislation will only gain traction as part of an economic initiative to create jobs.

Obama's Second Chance on the Predominant Moral Issue of This Century

Dr. James Hansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dr. James Hansen

This is not the 17th century, when "beliefs" trumped science, forcing Galileo to recant his understanding of the solar system. The president should unequivocally support the climate science community.

Faces of an American Recovery: Clean Energy Jobs

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Ed Markey

The Recovery Act reoriented America to the future and refocused our efforts on our strengths. Our strength has always been our ability to innovate. Our weakness is our addiction to oil.

Weekly Mulch: New bills and old money

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger Climate legislation is returning to the Senate's docket, and leaders on Capitol Hill are hoping that this ve...

Any Hope for Meaningful U.S. Climate Policy? A Somewhat Positive View

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Stavins

Here's a modified version of cap-and-trade that could be much more attractive in this era of rampant expressions of populism, coming both from the right ("no new taxes") and the left ("bash the corporations").

Real Feasibility: Dividends Relieve Economic Uncertainty

Mike Sandler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Sandler

Capping carbon won't be a tax on middle-class families. On the contrary, it will pay them dividends. In a time of economic uncertainty, what could be more reassuring and politically appealing than that?

Report From Copenhagen

Rep. Diana DeGette | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Rep. Diana DeGette

It is almost certain that the final binding deal will not be reached in Copenhagen, but we have every reason to believe that we are moving in the right direction.

Will Climate Protection Legislation Protect Workers Too?

Brendan Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan Smith

One great fear is blocking public support for climate protection: The fear that protecting the planet will destroy millions of jobs. Without a bold p...

Saudi Arabia Learns Hubris from Big Coal

Michael Kieschnick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Kieschnick

Saudi Arabia has been lobbying to gain financial compensation if a treaty passes that reduces world dependence on oil. is that so different from what the coal industry has done in Washington, D.C.?

Inside the Chamber of Carbon's Climate War

Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clara Jeffery and Monika Bauerlein

In the Chamber of Commerce's zeal to please a few powerful industries they seem to have fallen out of step with their environmentally concerned members.

Obama on His Own

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

Using his executive authority, President Barack Obama can instruct power plants to slash emissions and order new efficiency standards to cut the energy used by consumer and commercial appliances.

Public Option: This Is How It's Supposed to Work

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

We have pushed the limits of Establishment health care debate, buried the right-wing lies and gave people a stronger voice in their democracy. That's how it's supposed to work.

Tell Your Senators to Save Our National Parks From Global Warming

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Glacier National Park could lose all its glaciers, Joshua Tree National Park all its Joshua trees and Saguaro National Park all its saguaros, according to a new report on climate change from NRDC.

World Leaders Fiddle While the World Burns: Time for a New Climate Strategy

Brendan Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan Smith

We have learned a great deal more about the science of climate change. But we have barely begun to discuss what kind of political change is necessary to do what must be done.

The Cantwell-Collins CLEAR Act Helps Consumers, the Climate, and the Economy

Mike Sandler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Sandler

A proposed anti-global warming bill would help the U.S. make a fair, affordable transition to a clean-energy, low-carbon economy, and avoid the pitfalls of other climate bills that pander to the coal-burning utilities.

Jason Linkins

Rachel Maddow, Ed Markey Discuss Lobbyist Fraudsters | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On last night's Rachel Maddow Show, she focused attention on two lobbying firms that have recently taken a turn in the baleful eye of the spotlight: s...

Graham Waves To Teabaggers From Other Side Of Climate Rubicon

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Scher

Sen. Graham may be a conservative, but he is not a moron. He knew full well the right-wing lunacy that would be unleashed by his willingness to compromise to pass carbon cap legislation.

Mitt Romney's Fuzzy Math on Clean Energy Legislation

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sen. Ed Markey

Romney, and the other opponents of clean energy legislation, are now claiming it will cost $1,761 per household. But the actual household costs are predicted to be about a postage stamp a day.

Earth to Thomas Friedman: Winning the "Earth Race" Requires Federal Investment

Teryn Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Teryn Norris

The race to develop competitive clean-tech industries is critical to motivating enough development of clean technologies -- far more than any "legally-binding" global emissions treaty, as we've seen with the failure of the Kyoto Protocol.