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Massachusetts boosts energy efficiency

Massachusetts launched the nation's most ambitious energy efficiency plan Friday, with the state's Department of Public Utilities calling on electric and gas utilities to invest about $2.2 billion in efficiency measures over the next three years.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 29, 2010; 7:07 PM ET | Comments (2)

Osama's global warming plan

Does Osama bin Laden have a point when he blames the U.S. and other industrialized nations for global warming? Post Carbon decided to look at the facts.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 29, 2010; 4:20 PM ET | Comments (16)

U.S. signs up for Copenhagen Accord

The United States pledged Thursday to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent compared to 2005 levels in the context of an international agreement, though it made its commitment subject to passage of a comprehensive climate bill.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 28, 2010; 4:41 PM ET | Comments (8)

Lincoln hits back at LCV

Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) Thursday fired back after being targeted by the League of Conservation Voters for her environmental record, issuing a statement saying "threats from outside special interest groups will not deter her from remaining a strong and independent voice for Arkansas."

By Juliet Eilperin | January 28, 2010; 3:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Climategate scientists hid information

The British university at the center of an international controversy concerning climate change acted illegally by not disclosing raw data to the public, according to British authorities, but will not face prosecution because the statute of limitations has expired.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 28, 2010; 3:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

White roofs could help warming cities

Painting the roofs of city buildings white could help cool urban areas and combat climate change worldwide, according to a new study led by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research

By Juliet Eilperin | January 28, 2010; 2:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Green group targets Blanche Lincoln for defeat

The League of Conservation Voters, an environmental advocacy group that can be an influential player in electoral politics, announced Thursday it's targeting Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) for defeat this year.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 28, 2010; 12:26 PM ET | Comments (1)

Barton makes climate skepticism clear

In one of the more comic notes of the night, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) made it clear he's still on record as a climate change skeptic.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 27, 2010; 11:57 PM ET | Comments (1)

SEC tells companies to disclose climate risks

There's been a lot of talk about climate change and the impact various legislative proposals might have on companies. Now the Securities and Exchange Commission wants companies to tell investors about it too.

By Steven Mufson | January 27, 2010; 4:40 PM ET | Comments (3)

Cancun to host climate talks

This year's international United Nations climate conference will be held in Cancun rather than Mexico's capital, Mexican officials confirmed Monday.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 25, 2010; 6:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Glaciers and more climate skepticism

The controversy of the melting of Himalayan glaciers continues, with one of the lead author's of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Asia chapter for its 2007 report telling Britain's Daily Mail that political motivations influenced the report's findings.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 25, 2010; 11:36 AM ET | Comments (3)

Dueling Murkowski videos

As the fight over Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-Alaska) amendment to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases continues, political junkies might want to check out two new YouTube videos.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 22, 2010; 6:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rahm's climate meeting

Some people might think climate legislation in the Senate is on life support, but don't tell that to Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn).

By Juliet Eilperin | January 22, 2010; 6:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Last decade is hottest on record

The decade ending in 2009 ranks as the warmest on record, according to an analysis released by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Thursday, with last year tying as the second-warmest year on record.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 22, 2010; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (8)

Russell Train defends EPA

As lawmakers try to take away the Environmental Protection Agency's power to regulate greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, one of the agency's first administrators has a clear opinion on which side is in the right.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 22, 2010; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (1)

Tracking climate commitments, disclosure

Two climate-related items worth tracking: the climate pledges of countries around the world, what the Securities and Exchange Commission might require of companies what it comes to public reporting on climate-related matter.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 21, 2010; 5:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Murkowski targets EPA on climate

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) offered legislation Thursday afternoon to overturn the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health and welfare.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 21, 2010; 1:44 PM ET | Comments (75)

Murkowski receives Democratic support for EPA legislation

By Juliet Eilperin In a sign that could spell trouble for the Obama administration, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) announced Thursday she would join Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in co-sponsoring legislation that would block the Environmental Protection Agency...

By Juliet Eilperin | January 21, 2010; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Frank Luntz's climate advice for environmentalists

GOP pollster Frank Luntz has a message for environmentalists: if you want to pass a climate bill, forget about a little thing called climate change.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 21, 2010; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (0)

Murkowski takes aim at EPA

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) will announce Thursday she will move to reverse the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that greenhouse gas emissions endanger public health and welfare, according to sources familiar with the matter.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 20, 2010; 9:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Glacier melt controversy continues

A couple of updates on the Himalayan glacier controversy: The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has apologized for the mistake, and a prominent glacier expert said glaciers there are retreating, but not faster than elsewhere in the world.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 20, 2010; 3:24 PM ET | Comments (2)

Sierra Club names its new leader

The Sierra Club will have a new leader, it's board of directors announced Wednesday: Michael Brune, who has spent the last seven years as the Rainforest Action Network's executive director.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 20, 2010; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (3)

A glacier melt mistake

A flawed projection in the 2007 U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change about Himalayan glacier projection has sparked a new debate over glacier melt worldwide.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 20, 2010; 9:55 AM ET | Comments (16)

Environment groups attack Murkowski in ads to run this week

Environmental groups are taking aim at Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) for her efforts to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases linked to climate change on its own.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 19, 2010; 1:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

U.S. climate envoy calls for countries to make pledges

U.S. climate envoy Todd Stern called on the nations of the world Thursday to identify how they would cut their greenhouse gas emissions by Jan. 31, the deadline for registering climate pledges under the new Copenhagen Accord.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 14, 2010; 6:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Did Obama miscalculate on climate?

Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger of the Breakthrough Institute, the two environmental thinkers whom most greens hate, have written a provocative piece in Foreign Policy declaring Obama's climate strategy a failure.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 14, 2010; 3:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Murkowski's office responds

Robert Dillon, spokesman for Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), didn't have a chance to provide a comment for our last post about a meeting the senator's staffers had in September about her amendment aimed at blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions from power plants on its own.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 12, 2010; 10:16 PM ET | Comments (3)

Murkowski and lobbyists, take three

Yet more details have just emerged about the involvement by two lobbyists--and former senior Environmental Protection Agency officials during the George W. Bush administration--in crafting an amendment Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) tried to offer in the fall in an effort to bar the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases on its own.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 12, 2010; 6:12 PM ET | Comments (3)

Environmentalists reject scaled-back energy bill

Environmentalists said Tuesday that they would not accept an energy bill that doesn't cap greenhouse gas emissions, despite chatter in Washington that such a bill--focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy targets--would be an acceptable fallback option.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 12, 2010; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (8)

Murkowski and the lobbyists, cont.

Post Carbon's revelation Monday that two lobbyists helped craft language for an amendment that Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) planned to offer last fall has already sparked a call for an Senate ethics investigation.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 11, 2010; 6:37 PM ET | Comments (2)

Tesoro expands lobbying office

As Congress and the administration gears up--or doesn't--to impose new curbs on U.S. greenhouse gas emitters this year, oil refining powerhouse Tesoro Corp. is expanding its Washington office.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 11, 2010; 6:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Murkowski and her lobbyist allies

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is likely to postpone offering an amendment next week that would bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant under the Clean Air Act, according to sources familiar with the matter.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 11, 2010; 3:55 PM ET | Comments (10)

EPA under fire

Rep. Earl Pomeroy (D-N.D.) introduced the "Save Our Energy Jobs Act" Friday, a measure that bar the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases, something it was authorized to do under a 2007 Supreme Court ruling.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 8, 2010; 11:10 PM ET | Comments (2)

Climategate: East Anglia aftermath, and beyond

A new guerilla green operation has begun.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 8, 2010; 3:17 PM ET | Comments (74)

Chinese leaders going forward with carbon restriction plans

By Steven Mufson BEIJING -- Three weeks after the Copenhagen conference ended with a lot of fingers pointed at China and no binding accord, Beijing leaders are pushing ahead anyway with plans to restrain carbon emissions and boost energy efficiency....

By Steven Mufson | January 7, 2010; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (3)

Dorgan's exit and climate change

What does Sen. Byron Dorgan's (D-N.D.) mean for the prospects of passing a climate bill this year?

By Juliet Eilperin | January 6, 2010; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Is America's auto love affair fading?

America's "century-old love affair with the automobile may be coming to an end," according to Earth Policy Institute president Lester Brown.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 6, 2010; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (1)

Asset managers don't account for climate risks

The vast majority of the world's biggest investment managers do not factor climate-related trends into either their short or long-term decision making, according to a new survey released Wednesday.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 6, 2010; 12:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Can East Coast rocks save the climate?

Could rocks on the East Coast be the key to our climate future? According to a group of scientists from Columbia University's Lamon-Doherty Earth Observatory, the answer is yes.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 5, 2010; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (3)

Cutting the global carbon footprint of planes and ships

When it comes to greenhouse gas emissions from the globe-trotting planes and ships, a new report released Monday suggests the world could cut this pollution by 2050 in half compared to business as usual.

By Juliet Eilperin | January 4, 2010; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (4)

 
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