Tag Archives: climate legislation

Weekly Mulch from the Media Consortium – How to Fight Climate Change: Ignore a Do-Nothing Congress

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger (reposted with permission) Congress comes back into session next week, but environmentalists and climate change activists have given up on the legislature. Instead, activists are planning to spur popular concern about these issues, until calls for change are so loud that Congress must listen. Today, climate change reformer Bill McKibben will ask President Obama to reinstall a solar …

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The Weekly Mulch from the Media Consortium: Who Needs Congress? Clean Energy Economy Thrives in Spite of Ineffective Leadership

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger (reposted with permission) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) released an energy and oil spill bill this week that has no carbon cap, no renewable energy standard, and no chance of changing the course of America’s energy future. And yet, despite Senate setbacks, the clean energy economy is growing. A new report, funded in part by the State …

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The Weekly Mulch from the Media Consortium: Independence from BP, Halliburton, Uninspired Leadership – The Fight Continues

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger (reposted with permission) On July 4th, Americans are supposed to celebrate their independence. We may no longer have to worry about a greedy, distant monarch. But our country is still held in thrall to powerful interests that prize profit over individuals and their freedom—the energy industry comes to mind. As Jason Mark puts it at AlterNet: We’re in …

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The Weekly Mulch from the Media Consortium: Climate Legislation – New Bills, Old Money

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger (reposted with permission) Climate legislation is returning to the Senate’s docket, and leaders on Capitol Hill are hoping that this version, a compromise bill spearheaded by Sens. John Kerry (D-MA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT), can pass without getting caught in the morass of money and politics that has delayed action so far. A long, long …

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The Weekly Mulch from the Media Consortium: Obama Puts Climate Change on the Back Burner

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger (reposted with permission) In his first State of the Union address, President Barack Obama touched on climate issues only briefly. He called on the Senate to pass a climate bill, but did not give Congress a deadline or promise to veto weak legislation. Nor did he mention the Copenhagen climate conference, where international negotiators struggled to produce an …

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The State of the Green Union: Impediments to a Market Based Mechanism for Emissions Reduction

Almost one year ago, on February 24 2009, President Obama asked Congress for legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon pollution. Henry Waxman and Edward Markey responded with The American Clean Energy and Security Act. Waxman and Markey outlined a cap-and-trade system involving significant US carbon emissions reductions. Early last fall Senators Barbara Boxer and John Kerry put together a new climate change bill. Both bills …

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