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A Bipartisan Strategy for Energy Leadership

By Teryn Norris & Clifton Yin When President Obama and key Senate leaders meet today to reach a compromise on energy and climate legislation, they should strongly consider increasing federal investment in clean energy technology to at least $15...

Posted June 29, 2010    

Moving On: Democrats After Cap and Trade

Now that Obama has officially opened the door to alternatives to the conventional cap and trade framework, Congressional Democrats are finally willing to admit the policy is dead and focus on finding an economically and politically viable Plan B....

Posted June 22, 2010    

Cap and Trade -- Dismissed

Cap and trade didn't make the cut in President Obama's address to the nation earlier this week regarding the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon offshore oil spill. As Breakthrough Senior Advisor Teryn Norris noted: Instead of using last night's prime-...

Posted June 17, 2010    

Obama Signals Need for New Energy Agenda

By Teryn Norris Cross-posted from Americans for Energy Leadership The biggest news from President Obama's Oval Office address is that cap and trade legislation is probably dead for the foreseeable future, and the administration is seeking new ideas...

Posted June 16, 2010    

Carbon Offsets Fraud Continues

It comes as no surprise that a broad-based coalition of activists are calling the bluff of 19 companies earning carbon offset credits through the Carbon Development Mechanism created by the Kyoto Protocol. The activists accuse the companies, based...

Posted June 15, 2010    

Realpolitik Goes Mainstream

Cross-posted from Roger Pielke Jr's Blog. The Financial Times has a realistic and sobering article [subs. req'd] on the state on international climate negotiations: Christiana Figueres startled delegates when she addressed the United Nations climate...

Posted June 14, 2010    

Public Still Believes in Climate Change

The majority of Americans do believe that Earth's climate is warming and they want the government to take action, according to Stanford Professor Jon Krosnick and his Political Psychology Research Group, but they still don't want to pay higher taxes...

Posted June 11, 2010    

Graham Calls it Quits on Kerry-Lieberman

Not only did Lindsey Graham (R-SC) withdraw from talks surrounding a climate and energy bill eventually released by Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) in early May, yesterday he announced that he wouldn't vote for the legislation...

Posted June 9, 2010    

Direct Action on Climate Change: Successful Tactic or Green Nostalgia?

By Breakthrough Fellow, Leigh Ewbank At the weekend, Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed called for increased direct action campaigning to encourage governments to act on climate change. "What we really need is a huge social 60s-style catalystic,...

Posted June 2, 2010    

Green VS. Green, Part 1

By Breakthrough Senior Fellow Siddartha Shome Denmark Dispute Greens tout Denmark as a renewable mecca, but Sweden -- powered largely by hydro and nuclear -- has a far less carbon intense energy mix. Here's a pop quiz. A, B, C, and D are four rich...

Posted May 27, 2010    

The Collapse of Competitiveness Policy

The Collapse of Competitiveness Policy How the Flagship U.S. Innovation Bill Died and What it Means for America By Teryn Norris May 26, 2010 Published by The Huffington Post Last week, the flagship federal legislation for U.S. competitiveness...

Posted May 26, 2010    

An Onshore Compromise over Offshore Drilling

Despite the Deepwater Horizon calamity, if the Kerry-Lieberman climate bill gets passed then concessions on offshore drilling are likely to be part of the deal. But Brookings' Mark Muro points out that this outcome could provide a "teachable moment...

Posted May 25, 2010