The Gas Tax vs. Fuel Economy Debate

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 12:55 pm

Eduardo Porter attempted to take the air out of one of the few carbon mitigation programs the Obama Administration has been able to approve, the increase in fuel economy standards. Porter’s perspective is basically that increased gas taxes make more sense than higher fuel economy, and that the latter carries unintended consequences. For the first [...]

Light Bulb Industry Angered by Delay of Tougher Light Bulb Efficiency Standards (?)

By: Monday December 19, 2011 12:15 pm

As part of the omnibus spending bill, which has not quite yet been made law due to the blowup of the payroll tax deal, the federal government will delay enforcement of new regulations for increased energy efficiency in light bulbs. Republicans claim that this delay, achieved through blocking Energy Department funding for enforcement through Fiscal [...]

The Entire Problem With the Economy in One Chart

By: Monday June 13, 2011 2:27 pm

In the swing state of North Carolina today, President Obama announced some new ideas for job creation, including something called the Better Buildings Initiative. There are goals to achieve a 20% improvement in energy efficiency in commercial buildings by 2020, reducing businesses’ energy bills by $40 billion a year. Great goals! So how are we [...]

Obama Energy Security Plan Launches Like Lead Balloon

By: Wednesday March 30, 2011 1:54 pm

Let’s just say that the President’s energy security speech didn’t go over so well among the communities of interest. The President acknowledged the problem of dependence on oil, but the relatively puny target – reducing foreign oil imports by 1/3 over the next decade and a half – and the emphasis on “finding and producing [...]

Administration Announces Green Building Initiative

By: Thursday February 3, 2011 11:42 am

The President today proposed an energy efficiency initiative for commercial buildings that would provide tax incentives for retrofits and efficiency upgrades. Basically this attaches a “BuildingStar” component to the HomeStar legislation which has sat in Congress for well over a year. The White House estimates this program would increase energy efficiency by 20% in the [...]

EPA Sets Guidelines for Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations

By: Thursday November 11, 2010 10:33 am

The EPA has actually been moving forward on greenhouse gas emission regulations, mindful that they are the last defense for any legitimate reduction in carbon over the near term. Yesterday, they issued a guidance to power producers preliminary to the new rules. While they emphasized that their future decisions would include cost and feasability, they [...]

Not All Renewable Energy Standards Are Created Equal

By: Tuesday July 27, 2010 7:31 am

The scaled-back energy bill that Harry Reid will release today includes a few decent pieces. It will have an oil spill response package similar to the House bill that gets a Rules Committee vote today. That bill also has a change that would fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which previously authorized funding [...]

Energy Bill: Main Components Include Renewable Standard, Oil Spill Response

By: Monday July 12, 2010 1:51 pm

Andrew Restuccia, the new environment and energy reporter for the Washington Independent, has the scoop on the probable component parts of the Senate’s energy and climate bill. Basically, we’re looking at two main parts: a response to the BP oil spill and a renewable electricity standard. A cap on carbon emissions, even a utility-only cap, [...]

Recapping Obama’s Oval Office Speech

By: Wednesday June 16, 2010 6:42 am

I was stuck in a flotilla of traffic during the speech last night, and my expectations were already set by senior Administration officials, so I had no hopes for specifics. In fact, while the omission of carbon pricing was glaring, I don’t know if that was the right time for a lecture on proper methods [...]

EPA Analysis Shows Low Cost, High Potential Benefits for Climate Cap

By: Tuesday June 15, 2010 2:01 pm

David Roberts reviews an analysis of the American Power Act from the EPA, and finds positives: • The impact on U.S. consumers will be “modest.” Says the report: “Average household consumption is reduced, relative to the no-policy case, by 0.0-0.1% in 2015, by between 0.0-0.2% in 2020, by 0.2-0.5% in 2030, and by 0.9-1.1% in [...]

Obama Supports Comprehensive Climate and Energy Legislation in OFA Letter

By: Monday June 14, 2010 10:21 am

President Obama suggested he will push for comprehensive climate and energy legislation tomorrow night by sending an email to supporters of Organizing for America today, specifically stating that any upcoming product from Congress should “combat climate change.” That’s a fairly robust signal, although ultimately it will be up to the 59 members of the Senate [...]

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