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Baby Steps on Energy and Environment in the 112th Congress 5.11.2010 WireTap Magazine
Democrats didn"t lose their majority in the House because of cap-and-trade, per se. I quibble because there are at least two notable races where the issue played an outsized role. Virginia"s Tom Perriello and Rick Boucher both voted for the House"s climate change bill and that vote was effectively hung around their necks like an albatross by their opponents. Regardless, it"s inconceivable that the 112th Congress will even make a half-hearted attempt at an omnibus or comprehensive climate bill. But under the best scenario, and we"d have to be fairly optimistic here, there are a few items related to energy and environment that could make their way through both chambers. Let"s label this the bite-sized approached. In isolation none will make a huge dent. Taken together they"d represent significant victories considering the situation. Here"s President Barack Obama on the topic in an interview with the National Journal on Oct. 24: We"re ...
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The Media Consortium: Weekly Mulch: Climate Deniers Set to Freeze Progress in Congress 5.11.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger A chill is coming to Washington. A wave of climate change deniers were elected to office this week, and...
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John Warner: Being Truly Green 5.11.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The future of a truly sustainable industry will live or die on its ability to take raw inputs that are naturally clean and use them to form the same end products that we're already used to.
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Weekly Mulch: Climate deniers set to freeze progress in congress 5.11.2010 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
A chill is coming to Washington. A wave of climate change deniers were elected to office this week, and come January, we can expect a freeze in all reasonable and productive discussion about the fate of the planet. Last year, the political discussion about climate change and carbon regulation was complicated and bogged down, but at least it was happening. Who are the deniers? Grist has pulled together a list of the climate deniers headed into power in the Senate. "Overall, the Senate next year will be more hostile to climate action than ever before," the site"s staff says. read ...
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Why did the Prop 23 fight in California go so well while the national effort flailed? 5.11.2010 Grist Magazine
by David Roberts. limate hawks don’t have much to celebrate after the midterm elections, which saw the defeat of several clean-energy champions and the election of a wave of Republican flat-earthers. The Midwest is now almost as dominated by Republicans as the South, putting a serious dampener on hopes for state-level action there. The House cap-and-trade vote didn’t play a particularly big role in the election either way, but there’s certainly little good news for those hoping the U.S. might take the lead in this vital fight. Except California ! There climate hawks fought off Prop 23 and reelected two of their champions, Sen. Barbara Boxer and ‘70s era governor Jerry Brown , who has a spectacularly ambitious clean energy agenda . So why were climate hawks so successful in California while they’ve done so poorly at the national level? What lessons can be learned from the Prop 23 campaign? Folks on the ground in California will have a more detailed ...
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Obama to launch clean energy initiative in India 5.11.2010 Gristmill
by Agence France-Presse. WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama and India are expected to launch a joint initiative on clean energy, eyeing economic opportunities in an area that has long divided the two countries. Obama arrives Saturday on his first presidential visit to India, where many analysts say that relations with the United States have lost momentum after warming rapidly over the past decade. The United States and India will announce during Obama’s trip the creation of a center for joint cooperation on developing clean energy, including solar power, and biofuels, according to two people familiar with the plan. Both nations and the private sector will fund the center, they said. The United States is also expected to announce help for India to map out shale reserves, the deep-underground gas source that has triggered a boom in North America. The United States and India, whose relations were strained during the Cold War, have increasingly identified common interests on ...
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Big Oil Explores Riskier, More Dangerous Options To Meet Growing Energy Demand 5.11.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
MIAMI — The world's thirst for crude is leading oil exploration companies into ever deeper waters and ventures fraught with environmental and political peril. The...
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Turbines Could Tap the Mississippi's Power 5.11.2010 Technology Review Feed - Tech Review Top Stories
Underwater turbines could harness a massive amount of energy—but could cause problems for boat navigation. Tens of thousands of turbines anchored to the bottom of the Mississippi River could someday provide more than a gigawatt of renewable energy, enough to power a quarter of a million homes. That's the vision of Free Flow Power, a startup based in Gloucester, Massachusetts, that recently received preliminary permits from the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granting it the right to explore energy production at dozens of sites along the lower Mississippi over the next three years. ...
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The failed presidency of Barack Obama, post-election edition 5.11.2010 Grist Magazine
by Joseph Romm. The country can only contemplate serious environmental legislation when we have the unique constellation of a Democratic president and [large] Democratic majorities in both houses, an occurrence far rarer than a total eclipse of the sun. That’s from “ One brief shining moment for clean energy ,” my piece on the passage of the House climate bill last June. Obama hasn’t merely failed to get a climate bill. Given the self-described (and self-inflicted) “shellacking” the president received Tuesday, he has made it all but impossible for a return to such an alignment of the stars this decade. Indeed, he has, arguably, poisoned the well for the next president, not merely because of the “shellacking,” but also by his failure to use his bully pulpit to be an unabashed defender of climate and clean energy action. Team Obama helped create the broad-based misperception that those issues are political losers, in spite of every poll to ...
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Art Levine: Progressives Battle Pundits, White House Over Next Steps for Dems 5.11.2010 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Yesterday, the battle for the future of the Democratic Party really began. The opening volleys focused around the wildly conflicting narratives and lessons about the...
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Provincial feed-in tariffs spurring community power 5.11.2010 Grist Magazine
by Paul Gipe. The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has signed feed-in tariff contracts for 384 megawatts of community-owned renewable energy projects in the Canadian province. When completed, Ontario will have the largest installed base of community-owned renewable generation in North America, surpassing community ownership of renewable generation in Minnesota. Nearly one-third of the capacity will be built by Ontario’s aboriginal population. Within a few years, Ontario will have the largest installation of community-owned renewable resources outside Denmark and Germany. In an Oct. 12, 2010 report , OPA said that it has signed contracts for 264 megawatts of community-owned projects, and another 120 megawatts of projects owned by Ontario’s aboriginal peoples. The contracts represent 16 percent of Ontario’s 2,500 megawatts of feed-in tariff contracts to date. No other jurisdiction in North America has made such a concerted effort as Ontario has to guarantee that a portion ...
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Carl Pope: Winning the Post-Election Challenge #1 5.11.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Looking at the map of seats that changed hands on Tuesday, it struck me that the Republicans made their major gains in places that remain...
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Mind Boggling Forest-Gobbling Biomass Boondoggle 5.11.2010 Commondreams.org Views
by Rachel Smolker
Who knew that something as environmentally friendly sounding as “renewable energy” could pose a monumental threat to forests and public health?  Burning, of forests and other “biomass” is in fact doing just that: threatening to decimate lands, dump billions of tons of CO2 into the already-overburdened atmosphere, and leave us all breathing particulates and other air pollutants deep into our lungs to wreak havoc with our health.

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Bruce Nilles: Coal Industry Continues its Shady Practices 5.11.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
My colleague said it well yesterday in his response to Tuesday's election results - we will not cede our future to polluters, who again poured...
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Heather Taylor-Miesle: It's Not the Climate Bill, Stupid 5.11.2010 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
[This post is written by NRDC Action Fund's Rob Perks, who is the Director of NRDC's Center for Advocacy Campaigns] The role of federal climate...
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Burning questions about biomass 4.11.2010 Current Issue
Getting energy from biomass is more complicated -- and perhaps less green -- than it seems.
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The Numbers Don't Lie: The Elections Weren't a Referendum on the Climate Bill 4.11.2010 GOOD
A headline on Politico this morning crowed " Greens desperate to avoid blame ." You'd think by reading that that the Democrats' feckless attempt to create climate change legislation directly caused the massive power shift in the House. Except it didn't. Yesterday I linked to a couple of pieces that explained why the midterms weren't, in fact, a referendum on climate and clean energy policy, nor on the failed cap and trade bill itself. In the meantime, Josh Rosenau took up the hero's task of actually digging into the numbers to find that, and posted his findings on ScienceBlogs last night. His bottom line findings: "There's no evidence that voting for or against the climate bill did Democrats any harm at the polls." (Emphasis mine.) Here's Rosenau's methodology (warning: stats chatter ahead): To really get at this issue we have to do some statistical analysis. The hypothesis we're testing is straightforward: Representatives ...
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Kelly Rigg: The Movement with a Thousand Faces 4.11.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In 10 or 20 years time, the journalists who recognized the new climate zeitgeist and found ways to talk about it intelligently are the ones who will be remembered.
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The Future We Want Is Already Here, It's Just Unevenly Distributed 4.11.2010 TreeHugger
Imagine KC from Arnold Imaging on Vimeo . ...
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Obama tries to pick up the pieces on climate and energy 4.11.2010 Gristmill
by Randy Rieland. Barack Obama is officially thinking small. After tossing the last shovelful of dirt on cap-and-trade yesterday as “just one way of skinning the cat,” he ran through a list of what his energy options are now that Republicans have taken over the House: Electric vehicles, converting heavy trucks to natural gas, more energy efficient buildings, and maybe, just maybe, a renewable electricity standard. Nice effort, but in this case the devil really is in the details. In the Republicans’ new world order, renewable energy becomes a bigger tent so nuclear energy, geothermal energy, and maybe even “clean” coal are invited inside. And that’s not all Republicans want. As Jennifer Dlouhy writes in the Houston Chronicle : Republicans have made clear they will emphasize traditional energy sources during the next two years. For instance, the presumed House Speaker, Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, has declared he wants to reduce dependence on foreign energy ...
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