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Upton Flip Flops on Climate

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GOP Energy Chairman vows to block emissions regs. Great.

In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News, the incoming chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee said he will fight Obama's plan for the EPA to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Republican Congressman Fred Upton told Wallace that the new GOP-led House won't "let this administration regulate what they've been unable to legislate."   On the one hand, we shouldn't be......read more

US Supreme Court Considers EPA Emissions Limits

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A divided court gives qualified support for the EPA to set emissions standards

The Supreme Court, in a hearing Monday, appeared to support the Environmental Protection Agency's broad authority to set greenhouse gas emissions limits for cars, trucks and power plants. The case, brought by power companies and 13 states including Texas and Michigan, argued that the EPA was overstepping its powers by using air quality rules to tackle climate change. The justices......read more

Reason To Believe

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In the wake of Copenhagen's failure—and the resignation of the UN climate change chief—a bipartisan Senate bill offers a glimmer of legislative hope.

Those still hoping global leaders will band together in the face of climate change have found little justification for their optimism lately. First, the Copenhagen negotiations were, by most accounts, a spectacular failure. Now the leader of those negotiations, Yvo de Boer, has resigned as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. For the time being, an......read more

Clearing the Air at American Ports

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The New York Times reports on the battle to bar high-emission trucks at ports.

(via The Wall Street Journal) Photos: Bryan Derballa/The Wall Street Journal...read more

The Case for Cap and Trade

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How to tackle climate change — and what it means for the economy.

The cover story of this week's New York Times Magazine is a piece by Paul Krugman on the economics of climate change. In it, the Nobel Prize-winning economist makes a compelling case for the use of market-based tools to limit greenhouse emissions. Crucially, Krugman addresses the economic effects of installing a cap and trade model, presenting a persuasive argument against the idea that......read more

The Electric Car Dilemma

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Zero emissions? That depends on where you get the electricity to charge your car.

In the age of global climate change, people are becoming more and more aware of their carbon footprints and taking measures to reduce them. Hybrid cars have become extremely popular, and some cars claim to be 'zero emission vehicles.' However, even if a vehicle does not create pollution, it is very likely that the source of the energy that is powering the vehicle does. The Nissan Leaf......read more

Phasing out Coal in Canada

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Country moves to make natural-gas fired plants the new clean-power standard.

The Canadian Minister of the Environment has announced that coal burning power plants must drastically cut emissions or face closure by 2025. The pronouncement signals a national shift towards more efficient, less polluting natural gas plants. The measure is expected to reduce Canadian emissions by approximately 15 megatonnes, which equates to taking 3.2 million vehicles off the road. The exact......read more

Global Carbon Emissions Down in 2009

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Economic recession blamed for decline.

Last year, global carbon dioxide emissions fell slightly, as economic production in industrial countries sputtered under the weight of a recession. The Earth Policy Institute research shows that emissions in the United States fell nearly ten percent from 2007-2009 due to a sharp decline in oil and coal demand. However, emissions continued to rise in populous developing countries. In China -- the......read more

Cool Roofs

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White roofs touted as an easy way cool off energy use and emissions.

The global fight against climate change is an overwhelming challenge, so it makes sense to start pick the lowest hangng fruit first. While the slow wheels of politics and legislation creep forward, we can do the simple things that make a difference today. A new study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows that using roofs that are white or light instead of black or dark significantly......read more

Climate Bill Fail

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Thomas Friedman laments a missed opportunity.

Well, it's all but official. According to every major news outlet, the attempt to pass federal climate and energy legislation has failed. Democrats announced Friday they were abandoning the bill, effectively snuffing out any possibility of it passing. But why? After so much hope early in Obama's term, how did the effort to address global warming and reduce our oil addiction die before......read more

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