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No climate deal in 2010, UN official says

The United Nation's top climate official said Wednesday he did not expect negotiators to produce a binding climate treaty by the end of the year, but added he hoped the world's nations would be able to make enough concrete commitments to lay the foundation for global pact at the end of 2011.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 31, 2010; 2:02 PM ET | Comments (1)

Conservative blacks and Latino groups bash EPA

Harry C. Alford, president and chief executive of the National Black Chamber of Commerce, has fighting words for the Environmental Protection Agency.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 30, 2010; 2:14 PM ET | Comments (9)

Marc Morano's 15 minutes of fame

Esquire has pronounced Marc Morano the most important climate skeptic of all.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 30, 2010; 1:28 PM ET | Comments (2)

Sen. Lugar unveils climate plan

When it comes to passing climate legislation, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) represents a key vote. Which is why it's interesting that he just unveiled his own climate and energy proposal -- one that will cut greenhouse gas emissions but doesn't place a price on carbon.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 30, 2010; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (3)

Lisa v. Lisa on climate

News flash: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) isn't so happy with Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 29, 2010; 4:44 PM ET | Comments (2)

EPA affirms delay in regulating power plant emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency will issue a rule Monday ensuring that it won't regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants under the Clean Air Act until Jan. 2, according to sources familiar with the process.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 29, 2010; 1:20 PM ET | Comments (4)

Last decade warmest on record

The last decade was the warmest on record, according to a report issued Thursday by the World Meterological Organization.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 26, 2010; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (28)

Sierra Club leader calls for climate integration

As Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) continued courting business groups in closed-door meetings Thursday, the Sierra Club's new leader made a modest proposal: Why not let the greens join the party?

By Juliet Eilperin | March 25, 2010; 7:01 PM ET | Comments (1)

Greenpeace spoofs Bob McDonnell

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is the latest target of Greenpeace's PolluterWatch campaign, as the group launched a new dating ad spoof mocking the governor's push for offshore oil drilling.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 25, 2010; 2:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

More climate huddling

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid met Wednesday afternoon with several key committee chairs and White House staff to discuss how to proceed with climate legislation--and the plan is there's still no definite plan, beyond more closed-door negotiations.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 24, 2010; 6:48 PM ET | Comments (1)

Senate climate huddle

Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) brought in a group of their colleagues to talk about their compromise climate proposal Tuesday, but one of the most positive signs might have come from a senator who didn't even attend the session.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 23, 2010; 8:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Senate Democrats press for climate bill

Global warming activists got a two pieces of good news Monday: a group of Democratic senators indicated they still want a climate bill, and a major investment firm announced it's abandoning a coal plant project in favor of building a nuclear gas and solar facility.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 22, 2010; 6:07 PM ET | Comments (3)

Rockefeller and Voinovich's CCS proposal

Sens. John D. Rockefeller (D-WVa.) and George V. Voinovich (R-Ohio) will unveil draft legislation Monday to promote carbon capture and sequestration, the technology coal-backers see as essential to saving the industry if the government places a price on carbon.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 22, 2010; 7:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

OMB questions fuel-economy benefits

Environmentalists are suddenly fretting that the nation's first-ever climate rules for vehicles will contain a catch: a new cost-benefit analysis that slashes the benefits associated with any new energy-efficiency rule.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 19, 2010; 3:51 PM ET | Comments (37)

Tuna, polar bear protections rejected

Delegates gathered in Doha, Qatar for a global conference aimed at protecting imperiled species rejected proposals Thursday that would have banned international trade of bluefin tuna, trophy hunting of polar bears and commercial trade in polar bear parts.

By Debbi Wilgoren | March 18, 2010; 11:10 AM ET | Comments (55)

Weyerhaeuser joins USCAP

Weyerhaeuser joins U.S. Climate Action Partnership

By Steven Mufson | March 18, 2010; 9:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Climate troika woos corporate America

The Senate climate troika--John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) did their best to woo industry players Wednesday, and made a bit of progress.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 17, 2010; 7:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Guardian's Climategate series

No media outlet has devoted as much time and energy to examining Climategate, the controversy over leaked e-mails from the University of East Anglia, as the Guardian.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 12, 2010; 5:09 AM ET | Comments (5)

Obama and senators meet on climate change, energy

By David A. Fahrenthold President Obama met with Cabinet members and 14 senators Tuesday afternoon to talk about climate change and energy. One senator in attendance said the president emphasized his desire for a climate bill but provided few specifics...

By David A. Fahrenthold | March 9, 2010; 7:11 PM ET | Comments (2)

Japan's climate policy in doubt?

The new Japanese government is reaching a crossroads in how it will crack down on greenhouse gas emissions, and some green groups are worried about which path it will choose.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 9, 2010; 7:00 PM ET | Comments (2)

South Africans seek U.N. climate post

The South African government has nominated Marthinus van Schalkwyk, the man who helped lead their climate change strategy until the last election, as its candidate for the United Nations' top climate post.

By Juliet Eilperin | March 8, 2010; 6:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

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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