The Greatest Debt to Our Children and Grandchildren Is a Climate Debt

By: Friday November 9, 2012 9:15 am

Dean Baker is right: if we’re going to start making policy out of concern for the legacy we will leave to our children and grandchildren, then you have to address the probability that the planet will grow too warm to sustain life in vast areas of the map. Certainly that counts as an urgent priority [...]

The US: The Saudi Arabia of Oil

By: Wednesday October 24, 2012 7:01 am

I recall hearing quite a bit from various governors that the US is the “Saudi Arabia of coal” or the “Saudi Arabia of wind,” or whatever natural resource they had in abundance. Now, according to AP energy writer Jonathan Fahey, the US verges on becoming the Saudi Arabia… of oil. U.S. oil output is surging [...]

Climate Change Already Causing $1.2 Trillion in Lost Economic Output, 4.5 Million Deaths Annually

By: Wednesday September 26, 2012 12:58 pm

Every time I write about climate change, it’s all I can do not to sigh and think about how doomed we are. Climate change represents one of the most impossible problems to solve purely for political reasons. It’s not a technological deficiency; even if it were, we can clear that hurdle. But this is an [...]

EPA “Good Neighbor” Interstate Pollution Rule Overturned By DC Circuit Court

By: Wednesday August 22, 2012 6:58 am

A three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court, voting 2-1 on partisan lines, has struck down the EPA’s “good neighbor” air pollution rule, which attempted to protect Eastern states from upwind pollution from Midwest and Southern states via tougher pollution laws. A federal appeals court Tuesday struck down a key Obama administration air pollution rule [...]

Cass Sunstein’s Legacy of Distributing Industry Attacks on Regulation Inside the White House

By: Thursday August 9, 2012 1:54 pm

Just to show what a bullet we may potentially dodge with Cass Sunstein out of government, consider this postscript to his career: The outgoing White House regulations chief circulated industry attacks on proposed smog standards among high-level advisers to President Obama, emails released to The Hill through a FOIA request show. Cass Sunstein, the regulatory [...]

2012 on Track to Become Warmest Year in US History

By: Monday July 9, 2012 1:01 pm

While summer here in Los Angeles has been fairly temperate – especially for those of us by the beach who get the “June gloom” most mornings – in the rest of the country, the heat index has flown off the charts. Record high temperatures have been set with a disturbing regularity in May, June and [...]

Future of Wind Power Tax Credit Uncertain

By: Monday July 9, 2012 10:55 am

The political system is so biased toward taxes that you could be forgiven for thinking that the only expiring measure at the end of the year worth our collective concern is the fight over the Bush tax cuts. That’s not the case, as I’ve shown in discussing the trigger cuts and the payroll tax situation [...]

California State Senate Vote Do-or-Die for High Speed Rail

By: Friday July 6, 2012 6:55 am

Today is a consequential day in the future of high speed rail in America. The California State Senate will vote to approve initial funding for the state’s HSR project through a bond issue. The Assembly has already passed the funding, but observers expect a tougher road in the Senate. Governor Jerry Brown has been a [...]

Environmentalists Don’t Like Concessions in Transportation Bill

By: Friday June 29, 2012 8:55 am

Lost in the shuffle yesterday amid the health care ruling and the contempt citation for Eric Holder was the deal reached on a minibus package for freezing student loan interest rates, extending surface transportation funding for two years, and reauthorizing for five years the flood insurance program. That package will get House and Senate votes [...]

Climate Change’s Disastrous Effects Already Taking Root

By: Tuesday June 26, 2012 10:19 am

Alex Pareene has a darkly amusing story at Salon today, basically telling everyone to abandon all hope and the minutiae of Supreme Court health care decisions: Sure, it’s infuriating that a simple majority of ideologically conservative justices with lifetime appointments are abusing the extra-constitutional power of judicial review to advance partisan Republican policy goals, but [...]

EPA Proposes New Standards on Soot Pollution

By: Friday June 15, 2012 1:22 pm

The EPA today proposed tougher standards for soot pollution today, in a move required by the courts, which they say 99% of all communities can meet without further action. The Environmental Protection Agency announced the proposed change on Friday; it would decrease the allowable fine particle pollution, or soot, to a range of between 12 [...]

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