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Cap and Trade, Meet the Opposition

Jeffrey B. Swartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeffrey B. Swartz

Truth is, if I could wave a wand I'd have every government on earth impose a straightforward tax on carbon emissions--less bureaucracy, less confusion--but I am a boot maker, not a wand waver.

Going To Copenhagen Empty-Handed

Robert Reich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Reich

There's no way between now and Copenhagen that Obama can get a strong climate bill through Congress. So here's my suggestion.

Cap-and-Trade Versus the Alternatives for U.S. Climate Policy

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert Stavins

One of the key merits of the cap-and-trade approach is that the program can provide cost-effectiveness, while achieving meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions levels.

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.

No Climate Change Bill This Year, Says Obama Adviser

The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP)- President Barack Obama's top energy adviser says there is no way Congress will be able to pass a bill on climate change this year. "...

Unions Need to Sever All Ties with Anti-Climate Bill Groups

Brendan Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan Smith

Nike and utility giant, Pacific Gas & Electric, have publicly resigned from the US Chamber of Commerce over its opposition to climate protection policies. It's time for labor unions to follow suit.

The Blogosphere Reacts to the Kerry-Boxer Senate Climate Bill

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Nelson

The bill as it currently stands is stronger than the American Clean Energy and Security Act in several crucial ways, but it has a treacherous gauntlet to run before reaching the President's desk.

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

Ann Carlson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ann Carlson

Today's newly proposed rule is one step toward what is likely to be much more extensive regulations aimed not just at new businesses that emit large amounts of greenhouse gases but also at existing ones.

Boxer-Kerry Climate Bill: A Second Chance for Progressives

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Scher

We are not just playing defense in the Senate. We can get back on offense. And offense is more enticing for the grassroots. But to play effective offense, you need to know what the goal is.

Murkowski Spokesman Admits GOP Talking Point Is Completely Irrelevant

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Nelson

I followed up with many Republican politicians on their factually incorrect statements regarding cap and trade. The most interesting response -- by far -- came by way of a series of increasingly heated emails.

Eight GOP Politicians Parrot False $1,761 Talking Point on Costs of Climate Bill

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Nelson

When your position is based on ignoring science to prop up polluting industries -- as is the case for many Republican politicians -- you have little choice but to cite misleading statistics to make your point.

Obama vs. Krugman: Five Reasons the President's Right on Carbon Tariffs

Jake Colvin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jake Colvin

President Obama and Congress must make sure that U.S. climate policy efforts encourage other countries to reduce their carbon emissions and spur global demand for U.S. clean energy technologies.

On the Climate Bill Fence: Senator Dick Lugar

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Everything seems to presage a Lugar "yes" on climate legislation. Everything but Lugar's take on the current state of the U.S. economy.

Study: Climate Bill's Benefits Far Outweigh Costs

Wall Street Journal | Keith Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

So much of the wailing and gnashing of teeth around the climate bill in Congress revolves around the costs of curbing greenhouse-gas emissions. What a...

Public Support for Clean Energy Bill Shows the Deception in Bonner Astroturf Campaign

James Hoggan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James Hoggan

In swing states, 63 percent of voters support the climate change legislation currently being considered in the Senate.

Is Controversial Coal Lobby Front Group ACCCE on the Verge of Implosion?

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Duke Energy announced today that it has left the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, the dirty coal front group lobbying against Congressional action on climate change.

Duke Energy Quits Controversial Coal Lobby Front Group

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

Energy companies are beginning to realize that siding with front groups like the coal lobby put them on the wrong side of the clean energy issue.

U.S. Chamber Walks it Back: 'Scopes Monkey Analogy Was Inappropriate'

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Nelson

Even some of the Chamber of Commerce's own corporate members are fed up with their attempts to derail climate legislation.

WATCH: Front Goup "Energy Citizens" Locks Out Real Grassroots: Why Does Big Oil Hate America?

Andy Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andy Wilson

Though the Netroots has gotten the message loud and clear: these are really just company picnics, not uprisings of real grassroots support

Astroturfing Oil Company Picnics - All the Intel You Need

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

Members of the Texas Public Citizen group attended the rally against the Waxman-Markey clean energy bill, and as they rightly report these were more of a company picnic than a spontaneous uprising of citizens.

Big Oil Astroturf Rally in Houston More Company Picnic Than Grassroots Campaign

Andy Wilson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andy Wilson

Yesterday the Public Citizen Texas team drove down to Houston to crash the American Petroleum Institute's Energy Citizen event. Billed as a "grassroots" rally against the cap-and-trade bill currently before Congress, this event was nothing more than a company picnic.

Five More Forged Letters Uncovered From Bonner & Associates' Work for DC Coal Lobby - Read Them Here

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

Five new forged letters fraudulently sent to Congressmembers have turned up in an ongoing Congressional investigation into the Astroturf campaign laun...