Weekly Mulch: With D.C. in GOP Hands, Environmentalists Must ‘Fight Harder’

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger
For the environmental community, this coming year offers a chance to regroup, rethink and regrow. Two years ago, it seemed possible that politicians would make progress on climate change issues—that a Democratic Congress would pass a cap-and-trade bill, that a Democratic president would lead the international community toward agreement on [...]

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Congratulations – Big Oil & King Coal!

What an amazing day, month, year….
In the midst of the biggest oil spill in our nations history, and the warmest summer on record – our leaders in Washington have finally caved in and “shelved” (killed) Cap and Trade.
Big Oil and King Coal must be thrilled!  The one serious device we could use as a nation [...]

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What is Cap and Trade?

The following is a short description of “Cap and Trade” that can be found on the US EPA web site.  In addition to being a nice explanation of Cap and Trade, the site reminds us that there are several very successful Cap and Trade programs in place, which have worked well at reducing specific types [...]

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Cap and Trade Mom…

It is again, looking as if the Senate will introduce a Cap and Trade/Energy Bill. The new version will take a limited approach to Cap and Trade, by just focusing on power plants and their emissions.
Well – that sounds fine to me.  As they say- why do you rob a bank….because that is where the money [...]

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Weekly Mulch: Cochabamba Summit to Combat Climate Change Innovatively

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger

On Monday, climate activists, nonprofit leaders, and governmental officials will gather in Cochabamba, Bolivia, to look for new ideas to address climate change. The World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, organized by leading social organizations like 350.0rg, “will advocate the right to “live well,” [...]

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Weekly Mulch: Clock Ticking for Climate Change Legislation

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger
Seven months out from the midterms, electoral anxieties are hampering potential climate change legislation. Election years are a time to pass easy, politically popular policies, and climate change legislation does not fit that bill. For the Senate’s climate change legislation to have a chance, Congress has to sweep through the [...]

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Weekly Mulch: New bills and old money

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger
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 [...]

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Weekly Mulch: ‘Global Weirding’ and Climate Skeptics’ Slushy Logic

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger
Climate skeptics found plenty of reasons to dig out their dreary critiques this week, between the continuing controversy over erroneous reports from the International Panel for Climate Change (IPCC) and the record-breaking snowfall on the East Coast. Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) and his family built an igloo which Inhofe then [...]

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John McCain…where have you gone?

The climate movement had a friend, one could say a leader in the US Senate, and that person was John McCain.
For the past 5 to 8 years it was McCain who drove legislation to create a Cap and Trade plan within the US to help curb CO2 emissions.  In fact several bills have had his [...]

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Weekly Mulch: What’s Missing from the New Clean Energy Agenda?

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger
Nuclear power, biofuels, clean coal: These are the Obama administration’s answers to climate change. The 2011 budget, released this week, promised new loans for the construction of nuclear power plants, and on Wednesday the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), White House, and other departments detailed steps to encourage ethanol and clean [...]

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