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Green News Report -- January 21, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

IN TODAY'S AUDIO REPORT: Scientists' Himalayan glaciers mistake is more fodder for climate change deniers; FDA aims at BPA -- but powerless to do an...

Call in the HERO @ #COP15

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alexia Parks

All hope is not lost in Copenhagen. The rudderless ship needs some direction though. Who better to provide that than leader of the free world?

Closing The $1.5 Trillion "Fix-Up" Gap in Obama's Economic Plan

John F. Wasik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John F. Wasik

One glaring subject that Obama avoided in the campaign is how to pay for infrastructure over time and how it will dovetail with an overall strategy to address climate change.

French Court Strikes Down Carbon Tax To Fight Global Warming

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

PARIS — France's Constitutional Council has struck down a tax on carbon dioxide emissions that was to have gone into effect Jan. 1, part of Pres...

Necessary But Not Sufficient: Congress' Climate Bill

Anne Butterfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

The planet's survival relies partly on a climate bill but mostly on continued grassroots assault on coal plants and other offenders, plus disruptive clean technologies to take our markets by storm.

Paul Krugman: China, Climate Change

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alison van Diggelen

"Climate change is the mother of all externalities ... left without any government intervention, we're going to par-boil the planet," says Krugman.

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.

Thomas Friedman On Copenhagen: Columnist Weighs In On Climate Change Conference (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

According to Thomas Friedman, last week's climate change conference in Copenhagen was an "unprecedented breakdown," not an "unprecedented breakthrough...

Nobel Prize Recognizes Link Between Peace and Climate Action

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

After eight costly years of inaction, the United States has begun to lead. Since taking office, Obama has moved quickly to put climate change near the top of his agenda.

The Real Climate Choice Before Congress: Cap and Trade or Command and Control?

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

EPA's proposal to regulate greenhouse gases as pollutants is a hacksaw, when the Obama Administration would rather operate with a scalpel.

Boulder's Progressives Retain Power, But Only Barely

Bob Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Bob Wells

The nine-member council that's to be sworn into office Nov. 17 will reflect a sharply divided city, with the real progressives holding a tenuous 5-4 majority.

Tax or Trade to Cut Carbon?

Bernie Bulkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bernie Bulkin

The key problem with using a carbon tax to curb demand and thus reduce emissions, is that we have very poor understanding of how the consumers will react to the higher price

Economist Greg Mankiw's Bottom Line on Climate Policy: Government Can't Do Anything Right

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

Harvard economics professor Gregory Mankiw's main point in his recent NYT op-ed is that a refunded carbon tax would be preferable to a cap-and-trade system, because ... economists prefer it.

How to Contact Congress and Save Health Care in Two Easy Steps

Bill Scher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bill Scher

Can liberals outdo conservatives in contacting Congress? I sense that we progressives are not nearly as conditioned to call their representatives as conservatives are.

Jason Linkins

Chuck Todd And Glenn Greenwald To Debate Torture Investigations (And The Rest Of Your Scritti Politti) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Salon's Glenn Greenwald called out MSNBC's Chuck Todd at great length Wednesday for a segment Todd participated in on Morning Joe in which, per Green...

Heads Still in the Sand on Global Warming

Charles Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Charles Alexander

The current energy system is choking our quality of life and mortgaging our future; indignant conservatives want to conserve everything but the planet.

The Carbon Dioxide Credit Program

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Patrick Takahashi

Anyone with any knowledge of this subject will tell you that the carbon tax is more sensible than cap and trade. So why is cap and trade being foisted on the public?

California Regulators Weighs Nation's First Statewide Carbon Tax On Polluting Industries

AP | SAMANTHA YOUNG | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California regulators on Thursday delayed a decision on whether to implement the nation's first statewide carbon fee on uti...

Washington Post Columnist Steven Pearlstein Gets Climate Bill Wrong

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

Pearlstein's hyperbole is par for the course these days. Lots of people have taken to exaggerating the complexity and opacity of the Waxman-Markey bill based primarily on its page length.

Cap-and-Trade vs. Carbon Tax: A Bird in Hand Is Worth Two on Alpha Centauri

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Roberts

grist.orgI find it really hard to believe, but the perennial "carbon tax vs. cap-and-trade" debate is still going on. It goes on and on and on and it ...

Somebody Hide Tom Friedman's Ball

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

Friedman's latest column is just an outright nuclear disaster: head-slappingly wrong on the merits, politically naive and tone deaf, and timed so poorly as to be malicious. Just about every single sentence is a train wreck.

The Carbon Tax: A Moral Issue

Father Paul Mayer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Father Paul Mayer

The dramatic moment has come when the human species because it is responsible for most of this damage, must radically reconsider its activity in the name of its own survival.

Recycling Scary Numbers to Protect the Status Quo

Dan Lashof | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Lashof

Comprehensive energy and climate legislation will create and protect millions of good paying "green" jobs across the nation, helping restore our economy to full employment more rapidly.

Questions to Ask of New Climate Legislation

Mike Sandler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Sandler

Each climate change proposal has the potential to split allies into feuding factions. The danger is that the fossil fuel lobby will use their public relations machine to derail action another year.

I Love It When You Talk Carbon Taxes!

David Hawkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Hawkins

These days the siren song of a carbon tax fills the ear of many commentators who urge us to recognize its beauty and steer our ship in its direction.