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Archive: November 1, 2009 - November 7, 2009

Economic opportunity

We are seeing economic competitors to the United States moving aggressively into clean energy -- seeing the opportunity to capture manufacturing of advanced batteries (Korea and others), solar panels (China, Malaysia and others), wind power components and many more core...

By Ian Bowles | November 5, 2009; 6:51 AM ET | Comments (5)

How Republicans block legislation is key

What do Republicans have to gain, or lose, from blocking climate change legislation? The answer depends not on whether the Republicans block the cap-and-trade legislation -- which they should -- but how they do it. If they block the...

By William O'Keefe | November 3, 2009; 8:28 AM ET | Comments (5)

A rebuilding opportunity

Recent polls show a big majority of Americans want a clean-energy future and an end to global warming. Politically, this represents an opportunity for Senate Republicans. While clean energy has not been a traditionally red-meat issue for the Rs, a...

By Mike Tidwell | November 3, 2009; 7:03 AM ET | Comments (2)

What's at stake for Republicans

Only the future of the party. Climate change is not going away, it's getting worse. Its impacts will grow in severity for the rest of our lives, and before long, being against climate change legislation will seem unthinkably wrongheaded --...

By Reid Detchon | November 2, 2009; 11:09 PM ET | Comments (7)

Nobody wins

A failure by the U.S. to pass climate change legislation, specifically a robust cap-and-trade system, will not benefit anybody. The underlying issue will not go away nor will the pressure to address it. As time passes and no real action...

By David Hone | November 2, 2009; 9:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Left to wonder

They have a remarkable chance to earn a place in history. Sometime some historian is going to look back and say: how did we let the planet heat like this once we knew it was happening? The Democrats won't get...

By Bill McKibben | November 2, 2009; 1:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

Only short-term gains

Opponents of climate change legislation may gain politically in the short-run, but in the long-run their stance is almost certainly going to be recognized as obstructionist and ineffective. The fundamental issue is that taking "action" on climate change is really...

By Bernard Finel | November 2, 2009; 1:43 PM ET | Comments (1)

Nuclear only a partial answer

When nuclear powered plants were first proposed it was predicted that the cost to produce electricity would be so cheap that the electric companies wouldn't have to charge their customers. Alas, reality did not meet those expectations. As we...

By Rick Edmund | November 1, 2009; 8:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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