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Federal Budget Stunts like Blocking Enforcement of Light Bulb Standards Put U.S. Jobs at Risk

July 10, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Federal Budgets and Light Bulb Standards

The Republican-backed federal spending bill is set to become a vehicle for a number of misguided legislative maneuvers wholly unrelated to the budget and aimed at blocking programs that help Americans save energy while cutting harmful pollution.[read more]

Calling on Congress to Help Low-Income Natural Gas Customers

June 15, 2014 by Christina Nyquist

Calling on Congress

Since 2010, funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) has dropped by nearly $2 billion and the President’s budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 calls for just $2.8 billion – less than half of the $5.1 billion allocated in FY2010.[read more]

EPA's Proposed Greenhouse Gas Regulation: Why are Conservatives Attacking its Market-Based Options?

June 9, 2014 by Robert Stavins
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Professor Richard Schmalensee and I told the sordid tale of how conservatives in Congress who once supported cap and trade had come to lambast climate change legislation as “cap-and-tax.” Ironically, in doing this, conservatives have chosen to demonize their own market-based creation.[read more]

Following the Money: Energy Dollars Hard at Work on Capitol Hill

May 6, 2014 by Bill Chameides

Lobbying and the Energy Industry

 

Is the alternative energy industry losing the influence-peddling war to fossil fuels? Perhaps you caught the editorial in Sunday’s New York Times taking “the Koch Brothers and their conservative allies” to task for “spending heavily to fight incentives for renewable energy.”[read more]

Physicist And Congressman Rush Holt On Keystone XL: Tar Sands 'Sludge' Is 'A Climate Poison'

March 7, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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Congressman Rush Holt

Rush Holt (D-NJ) saddened scientists and climate hawks everywhere when he announced last month he would retire at the end of his (eighth) term in Congress. Holt brought the unique sensibility of a research physicist to a body that has become increasingly hostile towards science.[read more]

Strong Support for Clean Energy, and the Jobs It Creates, Crosses Party Lines

February 9, 2014 by Peter Lehner
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Clean Energy Jobs

A new report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) says the renewable energy industry is responsible for 615,000 jobs in the United States. That’s hundreds of thousands of Americans working to provide this country with clean energy from wind, sun and plants.[read more]

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Wind Energy Projects Rush to Start Construction in Advance of Expiring Tax Credit (Again)

December 9, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins

Wind Energy and Tax Credits

It’s December, and that means the wind power industry in the United States is in the middle of what has become an all-to-frequent holiday season tradition: the mad dash to get projects in the ground before the impending expiration of a federal production tax credit worth $23 per megawatt-hour.[read more]

Climate Change Bills in the 113th Congress

November 25, 2013 by Jason Ye
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The first year of the 113th Congress (2013-2014) draws to a close with no passage of climate-specific legislation, but signs that some in Congress understand the importance of addressing this issue. More bills were introduced that support climate action than oppose it.[read more]

Does Future National Energy Legislation Depend on the Success of an Efficiency Bill?

November 22, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

It’s been more than five years since Congress passed a national energy bill. But that doesn’t mean legislators stopped trying. There have been four attempts from Democrats to introduce a national renewable energy standard, with no traction at all. And then there was the cap and trade bill, which imploded in 2010.[read more]

US Midterms Unlikely to Change Carbon Pricing Politics

November 4, 2013 by Evan Juska

Low Republican popularity has lead to speculation about whether, if Democrats did come out of the elections with control of both chambers, climate legislation might find its way back on the agenda. But even a Democratic wave would be unlikely to tip the scales in favor of new carbon pricing legislation.[read more]

The Government Shutdown, NAATBatt, and the US Economy

October 15, 2013 by James Greenberger

The great strength of the U.S. economy, and its great advantage over other nations has been its political stability. That we have arrived at a point where business people must account for political instability in the United States in their planning is a big deal.[read more]

Ron Binz Steps Down as FERC Nominee, Citing 'Blood Sport' in Congress

October 6, 2013 by Stephen Lacey

After unsuccessfully attempting to stop the nomination of Environmental Protection Administrator Gina McCarthy, Republicans were able to derail Obama's nominee to lead the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Ron Binz.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Bill Goes from No-Brainer to Life Support to Plan B

October 2, 2013 by Bill Chameides

Energy Efficiency Bill

With the government shutdown, it should come as no surprise that we have a dysfunctional Congress. But when gridlock derails a good bill on energy efficiency in a country that harnesses less than half of the energy we produce, at least some attention should be paid.[read more]

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Government Shutdown Damages U.S. Energy Innovation

October 1, 2013 by Matthew Stepp
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The federal government has officially shutdown as of midnight, October 1st 2013. While coverage of the shutdown will focus on the political circus that is fueling it and the thousands furloughed from their jobs, it is also important to note that it’s directly impacting America’s overall energy innovation capacity.[read more]

Shaheen-Portman Bill: 172,000 Green Jobs, Huge Energy Efficiency Gains

September 17, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci
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Energy Efficiency and Jobs

An energy efficiency bill moving through Congress has been hailed as the best chance for bipartisan passage of major energy legislation in years, but new analysis shows it could do much more through a massive economic and environmental boost for America.[read more]