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Congress Finance committee approves a bill to extend the renewable energy tax credit.

Senate Finance Committee Approve Bill to Extend Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit

Late last week the Senate Finance Committee approved the “Expiring Provisions Improvement Reform and Efficiency (EXPIRE) Act.” The bill will extend a number of expired or expiring tax provisions, including the Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The bill now goes to the floor of the Senate for debate. If the bill becomes law it…

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Will the US adapt a national cap and trade program?

EarthTalk: Why No Cap and Trade in the U.S.?

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: If “cap and trade” has worked so well in Europe for reducing greenhouse gas emissions there, why haven’t we tried something similar here in the U.S.?       – Sandra M., Bern, NC “Cap-and-trade,” whereby big polluters must pay…

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NY Governor Launches $17B Plan to Enhance Resiliency to Extreme Weather

Devastated by nine federally declared emergencies in just three years since he took office, Governor Cuomo unveiled details of a far reaching plan dubbed “Reimagining New York for a New Reality.”

Implementing a carbon tax is no longer a pipe dream but understood as a coming - and much needed - reality

All I Want for Christmas is a Price on Carbon

As 2013 winds down, there are promising signs that we may actually see a price on carbon in the U.S. In 2010, the cap-and-trade bill was killed in the Senate by the fossil fuel industry’s ubiquitous misinformation campaigns. However, a confluence of events have renewed hopes that we may yet see carbon pricing legislation that could significantly reduce U.S. carbon…

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Is Phasing Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies Even on the Agenda in Warsaw?

For all their potential promise, apparent earnestness and gravity – not to mention their possible effects and potential ramifications – it’s hard at times not to be cynical about high-level political negotiations. Such might be felt of the United Nations (UN) climate treaty negotiations which got under way this week in Warsaw, Poland. People have good reason to be skeptical…

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The recent elections indicate a shifting momentum for environmental awareness in the electorate

Recent Elections and Ballot Initiatives May Suggest A New Era of Environmental Interest is Dawning In U.S. Politics

In previous U.S. Elections, environmental concerns were largely absent, but this changed on Tuesday November 5, 2013. Ecological issues were an important part of Virginia’s Gubernatorial race, they were also the primary focus of a county council election in Washington and several ballot initiatives.  Taken together, these results may be indicative of changing attitudes. Voters showed their support for renewable…

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74 Percent Of Voters Back EPA Power Plant Emissions Regulation

Fighting emissions regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency must be a winning national electoral issue, right? Otherwise why would so many politicians fight so hard to allow power plants to keep spewing pollution into the air? Um, not so much…