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BaliBuzz: U.S. Dragged Kicking And Screaming into UN Climate Deal

Apparently the United States delegation to the Bali International Climate Negotiations - well the fake delegation, not the real delegation - has finally been dragged, kicking and screaming, into some kind of agreement on a road map to proceed on...

Posted December 15, 2007    

In the End: Senate Passes Energy Bill 86 - 8

The Democratic Majority quickly abandoned any effort (if there ever even was a plan to exert force?) to keep the $13.5 billion renewable energy tax package in the final Energy Bill. The tax package would have given greatly needed tax breaks to...

Posted December 14, 2007    

Senate Energy Bill: 59-40 ... for now

As predicted, the Senate took its second stab at the Energy Bill this morning; the vote was expected to be very close with 60 votes needed to end the cloture vote and move the Energy Bill forward. The Energy Bill currently includes the first...

Posted December 13, 2007    

Keeping Up the Power Shift: Senate Set to Take Second Stab at Energy Bill

Bits and pieces of information are coming in today indicating that the Senate is gearing up to take a second stab at passing an energy bill later this week.After failing to pass the full energy bill passed by the House last week, Senate leaders...

Posted December 12, 2007    

What Is Progress?

George Monbiot recently wrote a piece in The Guardian about what a new international climate treaty should do. His piece is below:When you warn people about the dangers of climate change, they call you a saint. When you explain what needs to be done...

Posted December 6, 2007    

Pelosi Cobbles Together Strong Energy Bill - Heading for Showdown in Senate

After long hours of negotiations that have stretched long into the night for the past week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems to have cobbled together a deal that will send a strong energy bill out of the House, likely tomorrow. Rumors last month...

Posted December 6, 2007    

Keeping Up the Power Shift: Time to Ask Congress for a Down Payment on the Future

by Natasha Chart (cross-posted from PacificViews):The House has a new energy proposal out that you should support. Not because it's perfect, but because it's the right thing to do right now, to recognize the tremendous efforts it required of Speaker...

Posted December 5, 2007    

Beating Back the Coal Rush: Proposed Washington Coal Plant Halted!

Great news from Washington state!State energy facility siting regulators in Washington announced yesterday that they have halted permitting for a proposed coal-fired power plant near Kalama on the Columbia River in southwest Washington.Before the...

Posted November 28, 2007    

Google Wants Green Energy, Cheaper, Faster

Today, Google announced it's newest initiative: RE<C.RE<C aims to develop energy from renewable energy sources rather than more costly coal; initially focused on advanced solar thermal power, wind power technologies, enhanced geothermal...

Posted November 27, 2007    

Two Year Anniversary of International Action: Montreal to Bali

February 16th, 2005 saw the Kyoto Protocol go into effect, with its ratification by Russia. When the United States rejected the Kyoto Protocol in 2001, some feared that international climate actions would fail, but 36 countries are now working to...

Posted November 23, 2007    

Stopping the Coal Rush - Map of Challenges (and Victories!)

Here's a great resource I just stumbled across (hat tip to Alex Tinker). Sierra Club has compiled a Google Map (Google Earth version available too) of 138 proposed coal-fired power plants in the United States.Clicking each icon brings up lots of...

Posted November 21, 2007    

Ten Midwest Leaders Sign A Regional Climate Agreement

From ItsGettingHotInHere.org, by Juliana Williams:Today the Governors of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Kansas, Ohio, South Dakota and the Premier of Manitoba signed the Midwestern Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord...

Posted November 19, 2007