"95% consensus of expert economists: cut carbon pollution"

Environmental Economics

The key finding: there’s a strong consensus among climate economics experts that we should put a price on carbon pollution to curb the expensive costs of climate change. In other words, there is a 95% consensus among expert climate economists that the US should follow through with its pledges to cut carbon pollution in the wake of the Paris international climate negotiations, and more than three out of four agreed that the US should take action to curb global warming no matter what.

Governors Applaud New EPA Carbon Pollution Safeguards

Sierra Club Compass

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (Photo: Office of Governor Patrick)   From New Hampshire to California to Hawai’i to Montana, Governors across the country are applauding the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever standards to clean up climate disruption carbon pollution. Carbon emissions are linked to respiratory illnesses like childhood asthma, and climate disruption fuels extreme weather events such as super-storms, floods, wildfires, and extreme drought.


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Four Charts Show Carbon Pollution Accountability Act is Still Awesome

Sightline Daily

As the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act , now HB 1314 , wends its way through committee hearings, new economic analysis and revised revenue estimates are popping up. It’s still the same pollution-cutting, clean-energy-spurring bill you know and love, but the new numbers show it will send even more money to Washington public schools, and it will also grow jobs. Less pollution, more clean energy, better schools, and more jobs.

"How Stringent Are the US EPA’s Proposed Carbon Pollution Standards for New Power Plants?"

Environmental Economics

In March 2012, the EPA announced a proposed carbon pollution standard for new power plants. No coal-fired units would come close to the emission targets unless there are future innovations in carbon capture and storage. Matthew J. Kotchen and Erin T. Mansur: In the absence of legislation for a US national climate policy, regulatory responsibility has fallen to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

First Day of EPA Carbon Pollution Standard Hearings a Success!

Sierra Club Compass

The EPA proposed these first-ever limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants just last month. crowds gathered to speak out in favor of the carbon pollution standard, packing the hearing all day. At the hearing, one leader estimated the hearing speakers in favor of EPA''s carbon pollution standard outnumbered the opposition by around 50 to 1. Hundreds and hundreds of people gathered in Washington, D.C.,

Rejecting Keystone Means Less Tar Sands Extraction, Less Carbon Pollution

Sierra Club Compass

  On June 2nd, Goldman Sachs published a research report, titled "Getting Oil Out of Canada: Heavy Oil Diffs Expected to Stay Wide and Volatile," stating that without Keystone XL, tar sands expansion, and therefore the carbon pollution that comes with it, would be dramatically reduced. The U.S. State Department has stated multiple times that tar sands oil will find a way to reach global markets even without the Keystone XL Pipeline.

New Poll: Americans Ready for Action on Carbon Pollution

Sierra Club Compass

On Tuesday, the Sierra Club released a new poll with Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research showing that seven-in-ten Americans favor the Environmental Protection Agency putting limits on the amount of carbon pollution that power plants can release. The majority of voters (56 percent) believe that the government already limits the amount of carbon pollution that power plants can release, which the government currently does not. Public hearing in Washington, D.C.,

A Carbon Pollution Policy with All the Fixin’s

Sightline Daily

A purely regulatory approach to cutting carbon is like Thanksgiving dinner without the turkey. But just charging polluters without any other policies is like eating turkey by itself with no cranberry sauce or stuffing to make it delicious, no mashed potatoes, green beans and yams to round out the meal, and no pie to sweeten the experience. Here’s how serving up a carbon price carefully paired with other policies makes for a delicious meal.

VIDEO: The Pacific Northwest Can End the Free Lunch for Carbon Polluters

Sightline Daily

Have you ever tried to briefly explain to someone why we need to hold carbon polluters accountable? This is the first in a series of short videos about how the Pacific Northwest can use a carbon price to protect our communities and accelerate our transition to clean energy. Key takeaways: The biggest polluters are getting a free lunch. Oil and coal companies profit while they pollute our atmosphere for free. Climate & Energy Carbon pricing Climage Change

Why the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act Is a Big, Awesome Deal

Sightline Daily

We at Sightline are always saying that a well-designed program can hold polluters accountable while transitioning the Pacific Northwest to a clean and prosperous future. Yesterday, Washington Governor Jay Inslee unveiled a package of climate policies, including the Carbon Pollution Accountability Act. First, there are several aspects of Washington’s proposal that would make it truly first in class: 100 percent auctions —no free giveaways to polluters.

C'mon Chamber! - 5 Utilities That Rejected Attacks on Carbon Pollution Safeguards

Sierra Club Compass

The much-anticipated safeguards to clean up carbon pollution from existing power plants have finally been announced , and just as expected, both support and opposition for the protections is all over the airwaves. Similarly, the Los Angeles Times reported that Robert Flexon, CEO of Houston-based Dynegy viewed the carbon standards as an opportunity — not a threat.

Former Coal Miner to Obama: Set Strong Carbon Pollution Limits on Coal Plants

Sierra Club Compass

The following is testimony from Nick Mullins, a former coal miner from Virginia, given Thursday before the Environmental Protection Agency public hearing in Washington, DC, on carbon pollution standards. Like many of the men in my family, I worked in the coal mines to support my family and to give my children a better future, but it came at the cost of more than just our battered bodies and polluted lungs.

US Court Supports EPA's Limits on Carbon Pollution


federal appeals court upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2009 findings that greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide from industry and vehicles endanger public health. On June 26, a U.S. The decision constitutes a major victory for the Obama administration as well as environmental organizations such as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). A U.S.

Everything Oregon Legislators Need To Know About Stopping Climate Pollution

Sightline Daily

You have seven minutes to tell Oregon legislators everything they need to know about stopping climate pollution. That was my task last week when testifying at an Oregon Senate informational hearing about two bills that would stop the free lunch for climate polluters in Oregon—see the video of my testimony below. By the end of next year, one quarter of all the greenhouse gas pollution in the world will have a price tag attached. Quick!

Are We Undervaluing Nature’s Role in the World’s Growth Story?

Conservancy Talk

A hundred-million-year-old solution During my last few years working on low-carbon innovation in the energy sector, I was struck by the time, effort and many millions of dollars the industry was investing to explore how to engineer a way to capture and store CO2 deep below the earth’s surface. Carbon is half of all living mass. In fact, poor land use is responsible for at least 23 percent of global carbon emissions.

Canadian Clean Energy Initiative Under Attack - Compass

Sierra Club Compass

In a deeply troubling decision  reported  this week, the World Trade Organization (WTO)  has issued a confidential ruling against  Ontario’s successful “feed-in tariff” incentives program that is designed to reduce carbon pollution and create clean energy jobs.   This process of “relocalizing” production reduces carbon pollution associated with shipping goods overseas and supports the creation of new local green jobs.  The

Obama Kickstarts Action on Climate Change

Conservancy Talk

billion tons of CO2 annually — 40 percent of the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions. With domestic sources of low- and no-carbon energy becoming more abundant and less expensive, we have the opportunity to achieve substantial reductions in overall emissions at relatively low cost. Over the past 35 years, the EPA has used the Clean Air Act to effectively reduce pollution that endangers public health and welfare, including vehicle emissions.

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Clean Air Coming Soon!

Sierra Club Compass

Carbon pollution standards for new power plants published for public comment. Today, the Environmental Protection Agency has taken another step forward in protecting American families and environmental health by publishing its proposed standards to limit toxic carbon pollution from new power plants in The Federal Register, the government's official newspaper, starting off a 60-day period for public comment.

Supreme Court Denies Polluters' Challenge to EPA Finding that Greenhouse Gases Endanger Public Health

Sierra Club Compass

Supreme Court denied legal petitions from polluters and states that challenged the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) historic finding that greenhouse gases endanger public health and welfare.   This decision leaves no doubt that the EPA has both the authority and the responsibility to set sensible limits on the carbon pollution that is fueling climate change and endangering public health. Climate change will only worsen that pollution. Today the U.S.

Five Senators Urge President Obama To Address Climate Change with Tough Standards on Carbon From Power Plants

Sierra Club Compass

  Today, five senators from mid-Atlantic States -- Senators Robert Menendez (NJ), Charles Schumer (NY), Kristen Gillibrand (NY), Chris Murphy (CT) and Richard Blumenthal (CT) took a stand on this issue by urging President Obama to fulfill his obligation to address the causes of climate change and set tough standards to cut carbon pollution from new and existing power plants.   Extreme weather is here once again.

Oil companies are planning on a carbon tax

Environmental Economics

Here is the article without all of the crazy political stuff: More than two dozen of the nation’s biggest corporations, including the five major oil companies, are planning their future growth on the expectation that the government will force them to pay a price for carbon pollution as a way to control global warming. Companies do not know what form a future carbon price would take. Coal, which produces twice the carbon pollution of natural gas, would be a loser.

Is it weird that my mother-in-law claims to know 'my kind of thing'?

Environmental Economics

Families face rising health care costs for asthma attacks and heart problems caused by runaway pollution. Fossil fuel billionaires like the Koch brothers will keep hiding the consequences of their pollution unless there's a firm, scientific, and official cost for their carbon pollution -- and that's exactly what the White House's Office of Management and Budget is working on.

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WATCH: Leonardo DiCaprio Lends Voice to New Eco-Documentary


Leonardo DiCaprio has more than a few choice words for the federal government when it comes to carbon pollution in the new documentary, "Carbon." Read More The post WATCH: Leonardo DiCaprio Lends Voice to New Eco-Documentary appeared first on Ecorazzi. Causes Environment Film/TV News Top News leonardo di caprio

"EPA’s Clean Power Plan Blocked by Supreme Court"

Environmental Economics

RFF on the issues: On Tuesday, the US Supreme Court granted a stay blocking the Environmental Protection Agency from requiring states to submit plans for major reductions in carbon emissions from electric power plants. The stay marks a setback for President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent from 2005 levels.

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"E.P.A. to Seek 30 Percent Cut in Carbon Emissions by 2030"

Environmental Economics

Just the word "cap-and-trade" gives me goosebumps: The Obama administration on Monday will announce one of the strongest actions ever taken by the United States government to fight climate change, a proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulation to cut carbon pollution from the nation’s power plants 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030, according to people briefed on the plan who spoke anonymously because they had been asked not to reveal details.

Time to Act on Trucks: We can reduce new truck fuel consumption 40% by 2025

Sierra Club Compass

These standards will cut carbon pollution, reduce oil use, and save drivers money at the pump. million barrels of fuel each day, resulting in 530 million metric tons of carbon pollution. Thanks to innovation by countries in the United States and around the world, we have the technology to increase fuel efficiency and reduce carbon pollution.

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WATCH: Obama Wants to Clean Up Planet for Kid’s Health


Obama seeks to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants as a way to improve the health and well-being of children. Read More The post WATCH: Obama Wants to Clean Up Planet for Kid’s Health appeared first on Ecorazzi. Causes Environment Healthy Living News Science Top News barack obama

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Help design the US's new carbon tax!

Environmental Economics

Waxman, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Representative Earl Blumenauer, and Senator Brian Schatz released draft carbon-pricing legislation and solicited feedback on it from stakeholders and the public.    The legislation would establish the polluter pays principle for dangerous carbon pollution, requiring large emitters to pay for the pollution they emit. How should the carbon fee program interact with state programs that address carbon pollution?

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Carbon tax: Republicans in Democratic clothing?

Environmental Economics

A revenue neutral carbon tax is what you would call a "conservative" economic proposal : Two Senate Democrats sponsored a bill Wednesday to institute an economy-wide tax on carbon dioxide emissions, revenue that would be returned through rebates and tax cuts.   The tax would be charged at $45 per ton of carbon dioxide or equivalent greenhouse gases for coal, oil, natural gas and other hydrocarbons, collected at the place where it is produced or refined.

What the Tea Party is Really Demanding (cartoon)

Wend Magazine

From Grist: Tea Party-backing Koch Industries is major carbon polluter. If only this group of angry shouters weren’t puppets in a larger game. More on what’s behind the Tea Party. From Open Secrets: Oil and Gas–Influence and Lobbying. From Mother Jones: Rick Perry’s Dirty Deals With Big Coal. Joe’s cartoon archive , twitter ramblings and StumbleUpon page … Related posts: Tea Party Nose Cutters! cartoon). Tea Party Panda Bears.

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The Power of a Grassroots Movement. {Video}

Elephant Journal

Carbon pollution from Dirty Energy is creating a world of Dirty Weather. The science on climate change is settled. Together we can stop it. The Climate Reality Project is dedicated to unleashing a global cultural movement demanding action on the climate crisis. Enlightened Society (Politics, Active Citizenship, Social Good) Green awareness change climate change eco environment grassroots green life mindfulness politics

EPA Carbon Standards Give Our Kids a Fighting Chance

Sierra Club Compass

As dire warnings from climate scientists continue to escalate and what were once rare extreme weather events become increasingly common , we at the Sierra Club applaud today''s announcement from the Environmental Protection Agency outlining its proposed protections from dangerous carbon pollution from existing power plants. Right now air pollution is making our children sick and costing us billions of dollars every year.

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President Obama Announces New Truck Efficiency Standards

Sierra Club Compass

carbon pollution nearly 10 percent. These truck standards are another step to slash oil use, save Americans money and bring down carbon pollution. Of course, setting new efficiency standards for mdeium- and heavy-duty vehicles is only one part of the solution to reduce carbon pollution and oil consumption. When we’re smarter about what we ship and how we ship it, we save money and reduce carbon pollution.

Rallies Next Week! Your Voice is Needed to Support Climate Action

Sierra Club Compass

Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever national standard to clean up carbon pollution from power plants. Polluters are gearing up to try and stop this standard in its tracks, so it's especially important that everyone concerned about our climate shows up, raises their voice, and gets involved. It creates a framework that, once in place, could mean significant reductions in carbon pollution.

Another big broken window

Environmental Economics

Over the past several decades, power plants have curtailed their emissions of harmful pollutants, such as sulfur dioxide, soot and mercury. But power plants have continued to pump unlimited amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, with disastrous consequences. That pollution has been warming the climate, leading to an increase in deadly and destructive storms, droughts, floods and wildfires. Cutting dangerous carbon pollution now is imperative to protect public health. 

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Big Coal Doesn't Get It

Sierra Club Compass

Summer is especially difficult for these kids and other vulnerable people -- including seniors and people with respiratory disease -- because the hotter temperatures lead to more smog, one of the most dangerous forms of air pollution. Coal-fired power plants, like those that dot Southwest Pennsylvania, are one of the primary sources of both smog-causing nitrogen oxides, soot and the carbon pollution that’s fueling climate disruption.

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"U.S. and China Reach Climate Accord After Months of Talks"

Environmental Economics

2 carbon polluters, is viewed as essential to concluding a new global accord. As part of the agreement, Mr. Obama announced that the United States would emit 26 percent to 28 percent less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005. China’s pledge to reach peak carbon emissions by 2030, if not sooner, is even more remarkable. Another thing on my "to do" list: A climate deal between China and the United States, the world’s No. 1 and No.

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Quote of the day

Environmental Economics

Coal’s status as a major source of carbon pollution linked to climate change persuaded the trustees to remove companies “whose principal business is coal” from their investment portfolio, the university said.  With campuses around the world : Stanford University announced Tuesday that it would divest its $18.7

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Sierra Club to President Obama on Keystone XL and Canada: Let's Not Make a Deal

Sierra Club Compass

Today Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune today sent a letter to the White House rejecting the notion that the Canadian government could do anything to mitigate the carbon pollution from the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline , amid reports that the Harper Government was proposing a deal to the Obama administration. While this may seem like a generous offer, Canada simply cannot mitigate the carbon pollution from the pipeline; those emissions would simply be too big.

Climate Brothers (this would be a great show on HGTV. sell your flood prone home at a bargain price or raise it and keep living there)

Environmental Economics

By the late 1970s, when an increasing number of scientists were raising the threat of global warming, Bill wrote a paper proposing a tax on industries and businesses based on the amount of carbon they emitted into the air. Already, more than 30 countries have passed carbon-pricing laws.

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New Climate Protection Standards and Walmart Moms on Strike: Coincidence or Timely Convergence?

Sierra Club Compass

Like the long overdue carbon pollution standards coming out the same week moms go on strike against Walmart in dozens of cities across the country. We have to reduce the carbon pollution that is threatening the viability of human civilization by disrupting our climate, and we have to create and keep good jobs as we do it. Funny how the universe works sometimes.

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How cap-and-trade might work

Environmental Economics

By 2020, power plant CO2 pollution in the nine RGGI states is projected to be half of 2005 levels. Having strengthened their successful carbon pollution reduction program, the RGGI states have submitted extensive comments to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) describing why regional cap-and-trade programs, like RGGI, offer a simple, cost-effective way for states to comply with upcoming EPA regulations to cut CO2 pollution from existing power plants.

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Already feeling impacts of climate disruption, American small business owners support more government action

Sierra Club Compass

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s proposed carbon pollution limits for power plants is that such regulations will hurt small businesses, which employ half of all private-sector employees in the United States. Just 29% think that industries would regulate themselves and reduce carbon emissions sufficiently on their own. Perhaps the most-common complaint about the U.S.