The clean energy and climate legislation so vital to our country has been temporarily delayed. We need to get it back on track. We can’t afford to lose any more time.
Americans want action on legislation that will create jobs, cut our oil imports in half and reduce the carbon pollution that threatens us all.
The World People's Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth began on Monday night in a small town outside Cochabamba, Bolivia. The conference organizers consider their event an alternative to the big, fancy, UN-organized meetings - like the one last December in Copenhagen - which have thus far failed to create meaningful cultural or legislative change.
Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Lindsay Graham (R-SC), and Joe Leiberman (I-CT) have decided to push the release of their much anticipated climate and energy bill from April 22 to April 26.
Why? According to Senator Graham (as reported by The National Journal):
"One, we're not ready," he said.
The scale of economic destruction would be equivalent to that of the two world wars and the Great Depression combined.
Xie Zhenhua said that, about climate change. He is a senior Chinese negotiator in international climate treaty talks. It's a big statement, and many people, Americans especially, will look at China's reluctance to make a binding commitment to emissions reduction and dismiss the statement as empty rhetoric.
President Obama traveled to Andrews Air Force Base today to talk about the need to strengthen America’s energy security. I agreed with his emphasis on the need to invest in clean energy. I welcomed his mention of the new fuel efficiency standards for cars that will be formally announced tomorrow.
But I do not support his decision to open vast areas of our oceans to offshore drilling.
Sifting through the results of a NRDC and Transportation for America national poll taken just a few weeks ago, several things jumped out at me.
First, voters value freedom, namely the freedom to drive only when they want to do so, not because they simply have no choice.
The US Environmental Protection Agency announced on Tuesday that it would like to expand the rules it made last year related to greenhouse gas emissions reporting. In addition to the reporting requirements it drew up for 31 industry sectors in October 2009, the EPA now wants details on carbon dioxide and methane emissions from oil and gas production facilities.
What’s really behind the changing public opinion about global warming? The climate science denier has done its best to point to the problematic e-mails from the University of East Anglia and recent discoveries of two or three mistakes in the several-thousand page IPCC reports to as the reason.