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Old Dirty Coal Power Plants and the Unfinished Business Of the Clean Air Act
A bill would clean up New Source Review so the Clean Air Act can finish the job of cleaning up old dirty coal-fired power plants whose air pollution has been grandfathered in for 30+ years.
4 Reasons the So-Called "Light Switch Tax" Will Not Cost You $3,000
House Minority Leader John Boehner and others are misquoting the facts about the so-called light switch tax, in trying to scare people about a cap-and-trade carbon regulation.
Republicans Who Say 'No' to Unfettered Fossil Energy Production
Republicans in Wyoming and Appalachia are willing to buck party orthodoxy and oppose coal oil and natural gas drilling and mining on public lands when it wrecks the environment.
Why Are Many Conservatives Still Skeptical of Global Warming?
Why are so many conservatives still skeptical that global warming is a real problem and threat? It may have to do with the willingness to read opposing view points.
Why the Most Important Wilderness Bill in 15 Years Has Stalled
The big wilderness bill is stalled in Congress because of stupid politics. Here's an account of the specifics.
Rush Limbaugh Should Apologize, Not Steele
Rush Limbaugh is wrong (about the direction of the Republican party, about the environment...) which is why RNC Chairman Michael Steele should not be the one to apologize.
Making the Odds on Federate Climate Bills
Which of the three -- or four -- competing strategies to combat global warming will Congress adopt? Put your bets on a "cap-and-dividend" strategy, rather than a carbon tax or a "cap-and-invest" strategy.
Fun Conservation Facts for Presidents Day
Lessons on environmentalism for President's Day, from Lincoln, of course, but also Reagan ... and even Hoover.
The Stimulus Debate Is Prelude to the Climate Debate
For climate legislation as with the economic stimulus, the moderates in the center of Congress, like Republicans from Maine, will save the debate and the bill, if it can be saved.
If Republicans Want to Regain Relevance, Rush Limbaugh Is Not the Leader to Follow
Rush the radical isn't conservative, and if Republicans adopt his view of American politics, it would cement Democratic power.
New York Times Launches New Environmental News Team
The New York Times is launching an interdisciplinary environmental reporting team at a time when public concern about global warming is dropping, but President Obama's economic agenda includes sweeping environmental and energy initiatives.
The Most Significant Conservation Effort In 15 Years
Congress is close to passing a huge wilderness conservation bill. That's a good thing for a lot of states, and for conservatives.
W's Ocean Legacy Takes Off Some of the Tarnish on His Environmental Legacy
Despite failures on global warming, air pollution, energy policy and other high-profile environmental issues, W deserves credit for preserving ocean habitat.
Snow in Seattle: Strange, Yes, But Silent on Climate Trends
With global warming, mixing up "weather" and "climate" is like discounting a .300 hitter because of one strikeout. Take the snow in Seattle, or its team's star hitter, Ichiro Susuki.
Santa's Letter to President Bush
Santa Claus, writing to President Bush, criticizes him for his midnight regulations that harm the environment, but offers him an out
Save Some Shovels for Transmission
Investing in upgrading the electricity grid, with smart grid technology and the like, should be an important priority of an economic recovery or stimulus plan. Here's why.
Is That SUV Purchase Really Necessary?
For Fiscal Discipline, Obama Should Start With Farm Subsidies
Waste in the farm subsidy system is extreme, bipartisan and needs to be reined in.
The Future of the Republican Party
If the Republican is to have a future, it has to be grounded in science, environmental protection and the likes of Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. of Utah.
The Big Three Deserve to Die
Washington would be wrong to reward the failure of the Big Three automakers with a bailout.
Arnold Schwarzenegger for Climate Czar
One way for Obama to prove he'll govern from the center would be to appoint Arnold Schwarzenegger to climate czar, and to ask John McCain to lead the effort to pass a global warming bill in the Senate.
Three Cheers for Filibusters
There's Nothing Conservative About Mountaintop Removal
Mountaintop removal got a boost from the Bush Administration but would either Obama or McCain put an end to it, given their general support for coal mining?
Don't Get Complacent About Oil Price Plunge
Of Goat Herding and Shepherding a Climate Bill Through the Financial Storm
Global warming legislation can be slowed, but should not be stopped, by the financial crisis.
From Republican Perspective, Palin Is Back on Track
Sarah Palin performed at her folksy best in the debate, and that should bolster Republicans.
Thank Heaven for the States Rights
Global warming policy would be nowhere in the U.S. without the states, and the federalist system that gives states power.
Hard Times Means Harder Energy Politics
The financial crisis and the dormant economy may take the wind out of the political sails to do anything about big energy policy issues like global warming.
What We Can Learn from Canada
Canada's global warming policies are more advanced than those in the U.S. and we can learn from their debate.
Why McCain Chose Palin
There's an argument to be made that Sarah Palin's outsider maverick credentials outweigh her skepticism about global warming for the McCain-Palin ticket, even for green voters.
Kicking and Screaming: GOP Platform Defers to McCain on Arctic, Climate
The Republicans have adopted a platform that caters to some of John McCain's maverick views on the environment, like that global warming is real and that drilling in the Arctic doesn't make good sense.
Forget About the Candidates' Houses. How About the Houses of Congress?
The campaign focus on how many houses McCain has, and the focus of Congress on scoring political points, risks eliminating a tax credit that would make a significant solar power plant possible.
In National Forests, All Roads Lead to Court
A convoluted legal history has left confused the issue of whether or not national forests can be developed or logged, and whether new roads can be built in roadless wilderness.
How Bush May Limit Offshore Oil Drilling, and How One Democrat Stands in the Way
Sen. Landrieau is trying to prevent Bush from limiting offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico by standing in the way of President Bush, who could use the Antiquities Act to protect Gulf habitat.
Reckless and Feckless, Congress Sandbags Renewables
Bush's Last Chance: The Ocean
President Bush can make a claim to a solid environmental legacy, at least when it comes to oceans protection, with a few strokes of the pen before leaving office.
Quickest Way to Cheaper Gas Prices is Not More Drilling: Conservative
The Green Conservative explains why conservatives should support conservation and transportation efficiency as the quickest way to reduce high gas prices, not increased drilling for oil.
The Simple, Wrong Way to Eat
The kerfuffle over what to eat at the Democratic National Convention was largely based on a false assumption, and just as wrong is the assumption that organic milk is always better for the environment than conventional milk.
The Saudi-Scale U.S. Oil Reserves We Shouldn't Tap
There's an oil reserve the size of Saudi Arabia sitting on U.S. soil, but tapping it might not make any sense.
At Least McCain Isn't Begging Oil From the Saudis
John McCain is threading a needle with his offshore oil drilling plan, not too Republican, not too Democratic. At least he's not just begging for oil from the Saudis like Bush did.
National Lampoon's Global Warming Debate
Congress and the president need to start taking global warming policy seriously.
The Last Fashionable SUV (Has Already Been Sold)
To survive, Detroit has to continue down the road of fuel efficiency, but it also has to make sure those fuel efficient cars appeal to the base American need to seem cool.
Wind Energy Hung Out to Dry
Congress needs to renew and improve the production tax credit for wind power to help combat global warming.
Politicians, Check Your Ideology At the Door
Global warming demands practical solutions, whether Barack Obama or John McCain implements them.
How to Respond to an Oil Industry Push Poll
When an oil industry pollster calls you, don't be fooled.
Hillary, You're No Teddy Roosevelt
Neither the Republican drill-to-you-drop nor the Democratic pandering will solve the American oil crisis.
Nature Appreciation, From Bambi to WR-104
It's important to know your place among living things, whether your dose of reality comes from a Disney cartoon or a gamma ray blast from WR-104.
Bisphenol-A, in Clear English
Bisphenol-A could cause a range of developmental problems, so avoiding baby bottles made of plastics with BPA is a prudent and smart choice for parents who want to protect babies and children.
Listening To Silence
Congress made a wise choice when it decided this week to protect the National Landscape Conservation System.
Give Me Incandescent Bulbs ... or Give Me Death?
Why equating freedom to choose bulbs to real freedom is a losing argument.