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Archive: February 28, 2010 - March 6, 2010

Byrd won't back Rockefeller's attempt to limit EPA power

By Steven Mufson Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.Va.), coal state colleague of Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), said he won't back Rockefeller's legislative efforts to limit the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired plants....

By Steven Mufson | March 5, 2010; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (1)

Rockefeller pushes to rein in EPA

Sen. John D. Rockefeller (D-WVa.) will introduce legislation Thursday to impose a two-year moratorium on the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate greenhouse gases from power plants and other stationary emitters on its own, a move that could undermine the Obama administration's plan to press ahead with a cap on carbon in the face of congressional opposition.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 4, 2010; 9:33 AM ET | Comments (100)

More bucks for advanced biofuels?

By Steven Mufson What is a "subsidy" to an industry that truly needs and deserves it? An "incentive." That's what would-be makers of cellulosic ethanol are seeking in a letter sent Wednesday to the chairmen and ranking Republicans of...

By Mike Shepard | March 4, 2010; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Should the World Bank fund coal plants?

Should the World Bank lend money for coal plants? The climate folks at the Center for American Progress don't think so. In a report due out this week, they argue that the international lending agency should stick to renewable energy projects that don't produce greenhouse gases. And they want to use the World Bank's first request in 20 years for an increase in its general capital as an opportunity to get donors to curtail the bank's fossil fuel lending, starting with a $3 billion loan planned for a new coal powered plant in South Africa.

By Steven Mufson | March 3, 2010; 5:15 PM ET | Comments (12)

Wind industry influenced DOE report

Climate skeptics are crowing over the fact that the American Wind Energy Association and left-leaning groups including the Union of Concerned Scientists and Center for American Progress helped the Energy Department respond to a conservative Spanish study questioning the economic contribution of the wind industry in Spain.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 3, 2010; 3:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

Sierra Club attacks Lincoln

The Sierra Club launched a full-throated attack against Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) Wednesday for her effort to block the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases, complete with online banner ads, a radio spot and phone calls to her constituents.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 3, 2010; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (21)

Appealing to climate fence sitters

Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) had a closed-door meeting with some moderate senators to drum up support their bipartisan climate package Tuesday afternoon--but the session did not produce a breakthrough.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 2, 2010; 6:24 PM ET | Comments (1)

Youth and Climate Change

Contrary to popular belief, young people are not more politically-engaged on the issue of climate change than older Americans, according to a new poll conducted by researchers at American, Yale and George Mason universities.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 2, 2010; 5:29 PM ET | Comments (2)

Cap-and-trade declared dead--again

While Washington Post readers learned Saturday that Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) declared "Cap-and-trade is dead," the senator decided to repeat that message yet again Tuesday.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 2, 2010; 3:33 PM ET | Comments (1)

Blanche Lincoln under fire

If it's not enough that Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) now has a primary opponent in the form of Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, critics say she is not doing enough to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases on its own.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 1, 2010; 12:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

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