World Bank President Says Please Reduce Carbon Emissions

By: Monday November 19, 2012 8:30 am

Jim Yong Kim, the new President of the World Bank, called on the world to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a shift for an organization that usually does not weigh in on the subject. Kim’s report, “Why a 4° Centigrade Warmer World Must Be Avoided,” has a very specific intent. “It is my hope that this report shocks us into action,” Kim writes in the foreward.

Carbon Taxes, Income Taxes, and Distributional Effects

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 7:45 am

Dave Roberts is right. Environmentalists and green energy boosters will be disappointed when whatever resolution comes of the fiscal slope does not include a carbon tax. This was clear well before Grover Norquist flipped on the idea within 24 hours, but cemented by that action. Conservative wonks outside of government may give their endorsement, but [...]

Low-Productive Congress Finishes Spending Bill, Beats War Drums With Iran on Way Out the Door

By: Monday September 24, 2012 6:19 am

The Senate passed, by a 90-1 count, an “Iran containment” resolution that creates that “red line” Benjamin Netanyahu pleaded for recently. And, it puts the red line for Iran’s nuclear program at a nuclear capability rather than a nuclear weapon, a shift from current Presidential policy.

Methane Showing Up in Water Contaminated By Fracking

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 12:26 pm

The biggest reason for the decline in greenhouse gas emissions over the past couple years is the replacement of dirty coal with natural gas to generate electricity. But this will not last if the fracking that has unlocked so much natural gas leads to the release of underground methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Among all [...]

US Finalizes 2025 Fuel Efficiency Standard of 54.5 MPG

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 10:21 am

The United States has finalized fuel economy rules that would increase the average to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, almost twice as much as the current standards. It’s the first update since the mid-1980s, and it should have a big impact on the annual cost of fueling up cars and trucks as well as [...]

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 [...]

Climate Change Nearing “Irreversible” Stage

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 1:22 pm

The new EPA rules on future power plants will limit but not reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the near future, and maybe ever, if natural gas prices remain low. No new coal-fired plants are really on the horizon post-2012, and while without carbon capture and sequestration equipment they couldn’t be built, nobody’s clamoring to build [...]

The End of Coal? New EPA Rules Will Limit GHG Emissions

By: Tuesday March 27, 2012 7:36 am

After years of study, the EPA will finally release their initial greenhouse gas emissions rules for power plants, which are likely to end the construction of any coal-fired plants from this point forward. The proposed rule — years in the making and approved by the White House after months of review — will require any [...]

Removing Fossil Fuel Subsidies Could Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Half

By: Friday January 27, 2012 12:56 pm

Sen. Bernie Sanders has a new bill out to kill fossil fuel subsidies that come in the form of tax breaks for the oil and gas industry. Instead, Sanders would redirect those funds to generate 10 million solar roofs in America, which would create installation jobs and significantly reduce fossil fuel consumption. “We’ve got to [...]

Durban Conference Ends With Agreement for Later Agreement on Emissions Targets

By: Monday December 12, 2011 11:36 am

I suppose I should address the outcome of the Durban climate conference, but I don’t really know what to say. The countries assembled made an agreement to make an agreement. Seeing that they couldn’t make the agreement while all of them gathered in Durban, I don’t know why anyone believes they will make an agreement [...]

Carbon Emissions Shoot Up in 2010

By: Monday December 5, 2011 9:35 am

Greenhouse gas emissions for 2009 actually collapsed, as the world was in the midst of a global recession. Recessions tend to depress economic productivity – by their very definition – and reduce demand for electricity generation (a primary source of carbon emissions in the US and China).   That results in less greenhouse gas emissions, [...]

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