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Cap-and-dividend free-for-all

Since Saturday's Post story on the new climate proposal brewing in the Senate, a new debate has emerged on whether a cap-and-dividend policy makes sense.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 27, 2010; 10:07 PM ET | Comments (3)

Peterson and Co. strike at EPA

A bipartisan group of House members--Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Armed Services Chairman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) and GOP Rep. JoAnn Emerson (R-Mo.)--introduced a resolution of disapproval Friday that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 26, 2010; 8:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Climate speed race

If you're an aide to Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) or Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Vt.) and happen to work on climate issues, you can forget about having fun Saturday night. The three senators who have spent months trying to forge a consensus climate bill have told their staffs to produce a document this weekend detailing options for a final proposal. The three men hope to introduce a bill "within a matter of weeks," according to Kerry, that would give them a shot of getting 60 votes if the bill makes it to the floor this year.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 26, 2010; 6:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

California regulators back Lisa Jackson

With the Environmental Protection Agency under fire, a troika of California regulators are coming to the defense of EPA administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 25, 2010; 5:16 PM ET | Comments (4)

Murkowski pushback

Protesters and administration officials alike are suggesting Sen. Lisa Murkowksi (R-Alaska) might want to rethink her plans to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 25, 2010; 4:06 PM ET | Comments (2)

Reid demands climate bill ASAP

Senate Majority Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has instructed Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to produce a revamped climate bill as soon as possible, according to Senate aides, a task Kerry intends to accomplish within two weeks.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 24, 2010; 7:37 PM ET | Comments (11)

Van Jones returns

Now that Van Jones has made his first extensive public comments since relinquishing his post as White House environmental adviser on Sept. 5, we wanted to give Post Carbon a flavor of what he's thinking about the prospects for climate legislation, the controversy surrounding his past actions, and what he plans to work on in the future as both a distinguished visiting fellow at Princeton University and the Center for American Progress. Here are excerpts from his Washington Post interview Tuesday:

By Juliet Eilperin | February 23, 2010; 10:30 PM ET | Comments (3)

EPA's climate overture doesn't impress Rockefeller

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson's climate timetable isn't enough to satisfy Sen. John D. Rockefeller (D-WVa.), he declared Monday night.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 22, 2010; 8:40 PM ET | Comments (3)

Jackson gives timeline for climate regulation

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson laid out the timetable for regulating greenhouse gas emissions for the first time Monday, writing in a letter to lawmakers that she plans to start targeting large facilities like power plants next year but won't target small emitters before 2016.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 22, 2010; 5:41 PM ET | Comments (3)

Energy Secretary Chu posts defense of nuclear power

Energy Secretary Chu defends nuclear power on his Facebook page today.

By Steven Mufson | February 22, 2010; 3:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Coal-state Dems hit EPA on climate

Sen. John D. Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) and several other coal-state Democrats sent a letter to the Environment Protection Agency Friday night challenging the agency's right to regulate greenhouse gases from power plants and other stationary sources.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 19, 2010; 10:45 PM ET | Comments (7)

India's pro-climate forces ascend

In a sign that climate activists are gaining ground in India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's special envoy on climate change resigned Friday.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 19, 2010; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

New rules proposed to consider climate change under the National Enviornmental Policy Act

The Obama administration announced Thursday that it has drafted rules that would require federal government take climate change into consideration for the first time when judging actions under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

By Juliet Eilperin | February 18, 2010; 2:45 PM ET | Comments (2)

McCain's climate change interview, continued

Sen. John McCain's spokeswoman offered the following clarification Monday night: Her boss didn't support bringing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions back down to 2000 levels as a presidential candidate, even though he did advocate this earlier in his Senate career.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 17, 2010; 5:28 PM ET | Comments (2)

McCain backtracks on climate change

Most people think of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) as one of the biggest proponents of curbing greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. Maybe, maybe not.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 17, 2010; 3:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Sen. Lincoln responds; EPA faces more legal challenges

Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) is undeterred by the recent Sierra Club radio attack ad that criticizes her efforts to halt the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 16, 2010; 2:21 PM ET | Comments (2)

Conoco, BP and Caterpillar drop out of climate partnership

ConocoPhillips, BP and Caterpillar are dropping out of U.S. Climate Action Partnership(USCAP), the group of corporations and environmental groups that has been most prominent in pushing Congress to pass cap-and-trade legislation. Conoco and BP pulled out today and Caterpillar quietly pulled out of the group last week.

By Dan Beyers | February 16, 2010; 10:53 AM ET | Comments (9)

Sierra Club attacks Sen. Lincoln

The Sierra Club launched a hard-hitting radio ad against Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) on Monday, questioning her decision to join Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) in trying to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 16, 2010; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (5)

Climate scientist Phil Jones speaks -- again

As the controversy over the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change continues, the British scentist at the center of the e-mail scandal at the University of East Anglia is doing the press rounds.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 15, 2010; 4:33 PM ET | Comments (4)

Climate skeptics heart the IPCC (mistakes)

Climate skeptics have a couple of extra reasons to be happy this weekend: the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change admitted Saturday that it made yet another error in its 2007 report, and the researcher at the center of the controversy over the University of East Anglia's pirated e-mails gave a lengthy interview with BBC.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 14, 2010; 1:01 PM ET | Comments (4)

Praying for the climate's sake

Some people will celebrate Valentine's Day this weekend dining with a loved one, or handing over chocolates. But for religious leaders in at least 400 congregations, they'll be preaching about climate change.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 13, 2010; 4:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Business groups challenge EPA finding on greenhouse gases

By Juliet Eilperin Several business and conservative groups announced Friday they would legally challenge the Environmental Protection Agency's finding that greenhouse gases linked to global warming endanger the public's health and welfare. EPA issued the scientific finding Dec. 7, a...

By Juliet Eilperin | February 12, 2010; 6:39 PM ET | Comments (5)

More green attack ads

Are you tired of brutal attack ads launched by environmentalists at Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.)? If so, read about the ongoing saga concerning the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 11, 2010; 7:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

IPCC in the crosshairs

The controversy over what to make of the errors have just surfaced the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's 2007 isn't going away anytime soon. So Post Carbon offers a couple of new takes on the subject.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 11, 2010; 7:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

IPCC: ideas on a way forward

Amid all the controversy concerning the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, there's at least one positive sign: a group of researchers have devised a way to produce a new generation of future climate scenarios to help guide policymakers.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 11, 2010; 1:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Does snow mean global warming's over?

With all this snow, people are yet again wondering what this means for climate change.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 10, 2010; 5:34 PM ET | Comments (1)

Stern's blunt climate comments, cont.

For those who aren't satisfied with excerpts, here are U.S. special climate envoy Todd Stern's full comments at the Center for American Progress, as prepared:

By Juliet Eilperin | February 9, 2010; 5:51 PM ET | Comments (1)

Stern's blunt climate comments

U.S. special climate envoy Todd Stern gave a surprisingly blunt talk at the Center for American Progress Tuesday about the state of international climate negotiations, and Post Carbon decided to post some of the highlights.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 9, 2010; 3:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Inhofe's Al Gore igloo

In this most wintry of Washington winters, Al Gore jokes were only a matter of time.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 9, 2010; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (4)

Unlikely Republicans meet on climate

Some prominent CEOs and environmental leaders from the coalition United States Climate Action Partnership are coming to D.C. Tuesday to lobby for passage of a cap-and-trade bill--and the most intriguing meeting they're holding is one that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C. ) has arranged for them.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 8, 2010; 8:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Controversy over head of climate panel's steamy book (continued)

By Steven Mufson Reviews and news continue to pour in about "Return to Almora," the new racy novel - mixing sex scenes and climate commentary - by Rajendra Pachauri, head of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Some of the...

By Mike Shepard | February 8, 2010; 3:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

New climate portal launches

If you want to check out the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's new climate portal, which was unveiled Monday as part of the government's proposed Climate Service, here are a few tips to some of the things worth viewing:

By Juliet Eilperin | February 8, 2010; 12:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

Copenhagen Accord post-mortem

If you haven't gotten enough of the post-mortem's everyone's doing in light of the recent Copenhagen Accord commitments, this analysis by Trevor Houser, a visiting fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, is worth reading.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 5, 2010; 4:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

Could Murkowski save the climate bill?

Once seen as a moderate, Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) has become the Republican environmentalists love to hate--ever since she introduced a resolution last month that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 5, 2010; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (11)

Pika does not get endangered species protection

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Thursday evening that it would not grant the American pika -- a tiny mammal whose mountainside habitat is being threatened by climate change -- protection under the Endangered Species Act.

By David A. Fahrenthold | February 4, 2010; 9:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Good snowstorm reads and videos (for energy wonks)

If you're going to be snowed in anyway, and happen to be obsessed with climate and energy policy, here are a few things worth perusing.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 4, 2010; 5:36 PM ET | Comments (0)

California district limits power plant's emissions; senators reconsider strategy

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District imposed the first-ever mandatory limits on greenhouse gas emissions from a power plant Thursday as it issued an air pollution permit for a new Hayward, Calif..facility.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 4, 2010; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (14)

Penn State investigates researcher over "Climate-gate"

By Juliet Eilperin Penn State University announced Wednesday it had dismissed three of the most serious charges against one of its top climate researchers, Michael E. Mann, but would continue to probe if he violated academic standards of conduct in...

By Dan Beyers | February 3, 2010; 1:48 PM ET | Comments (12)

Obama on the future of cap and trade

During President Obama's town hall meeting in New Hampshire Tuesday, he acknowledged that Congress might opt for an energy-only bill this year when it comes to climate change, rather than a comprehensive cap-and-trade bill.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 3, 2010; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Reaction to Obama's nuclear energy plan

By Steven Mufson Budget headlines in the energy world this week haven't been about green jobs, solar or wind. They've been about the Obama administration's proposed tripling in loan guarantees for new nuclear power plants. The Obama administration says these...

By Dan Beyers | February 1, 2010; 7:20 PM ET | Comments (1)

Landrieu says MoveOn.org "deceives" the public

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) is not pleased with the new MoveOn.org ads targeting her efforts to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act, according to her spokesman Aaron Saunders.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 1, 2010; 1:38 PM ET | Comments (5)

Copenhagen accord commitments

If you want to see what countries have pledged to do under the Copenhagen Accord in time for Sunday's deadline, we've done a chart that lays out the actions of the biggest emitters.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 1, 2010; 1:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

MoveOn slams Lincoln, Landrieu and Nelson

MoveOn.org is launching a series of hard-hitting ads this week targeting the three Senate Democrats--Blanche Lincoln (Ark.), Mary Landrieu (La.) and Ben Nelson (Neb.)--who co-sponsored Sen. Lisa Murkowski's (R-Alaska) resolution that would block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act.

By Juliet Eilperin | February 1, 2010; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (29)

 
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