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    Since Americans are Teenagers, They Won’t Understand Greenhouse Gases

    The American public…just like your teenage kids, aren’t acting in a way that they should act. The American public has to really understand in their core how important this issue is.” In case you haven’t heard, that was Secretary of Energy Steven Chu discussing your ability to curb greenhouse gas … More

    $67 Billion a Year to Africa Because We Emit Carbon Dioxide

    From The Economist: “RICH countries should compensate Africa for all their belching chimneys and exhausts. In a rare fit of African unity, it was decided at a recent flurry of leaders’ meetings that the United States, the European Union, Japan and others should pay the continent the tidy sum of … More

    Cash for Clunkers: This is What We Call Success?

    Politicians are touting cash for clunkers as a successful program that has killed two birds with one stone. By handing out taxpayer money to subsidize a portion of the cost of a more fuel efficient vehicle, the program is saving the economy and saving the environment. Although the program increased … More

    Britain's Climate Model is a CO2 Machine

    From the department of irony, Britain’s weather supercomputer for predicting climate change is one of the nation’s largest emitters of carbon dioxide: The Met Office has caused a storm of controversy after it was revealed their £30million supercomputer designed to predict climate change is one of Britain’s worst polluters. The … More

    Top-down Regulation Dressed in Cap-and-Trade Clothing

    That’s what David Schoenbrod and Richard B. Stewart call Waxman-Markey in their Wall Street Journal op-ed today: As a candidate for president in April 2008, Barack Obama told Fox News that “a cap-and-trade system is a smarter way of controlling pollution” than “top-down” regulation. He was right. With cap and … More

    Want More Green Energy? Roll Back the Red Tape on Nuclear

    Despite the growing rhetoric in favor of affordable and clean energy in the United States, the regulatory trend is moving in the opposite direction. A recent article from Platts emphasizes the increasing regulatory costs for the nuclear industry: “Benjamin Fowke, Xcel’s CFO, said in a second-quarter earnings conference call in … More

    Cap and Trade: “It’s Out of Control”

    I’m not critical of cap-and-trade. But it has to be used in a targeted and disciplined way, and what has happened is it’s gotten out of control.” Those are the words of former Democratic Senator and current president of the United Nations Foundation Timothy Wirth, who also mentioned, “The Republicans … More

    Let’s Reduce Carbon Dioxide, but Let’s Not Include Nuclear Energy

    We take you to Knoxville, Tennessee: Several environmental groups are banding together in petitioning the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to stop TVA from operating a second reactor at Watts Bar nuclear plant. The Sierra Club, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, the Tennessee Environmental Council, the Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League … More

    Global Leaders Agree on Temperature Cap

    Leaders of eight industrialized nations met last week in Italy to discuss a number of critical issues, including climate change, and in what British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called a “historic agreement,” the G8 agreed that “average global temperatures shouldn’t increase by more than 2 degrees Celsius[,] in a significant … More

    Stop the EPA from Hijacking the Economy

    We’re fast approaching the deadline for the Environmental Protection Agency’s ruling on whether or not the agency will regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act. While the ruling would just be the first step in a process that could take years before settled, sing the … More