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NYT Assesses Obama on Energy and Environment

By Ted Nelson ecomii.com
November 5, 2009
File under: Carbon Emission Reduction, Economy, election 08, Environmental Policy, Obama

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On the one year anniversary of Obama‘s election, the New York Times has run an article assessing Barack on some of the issues which have defined his presidency to date. One of the areas covered is Energy and Environment. The analysis is not very in-depth, divided into one paragraph about his campaign promises and one about the action he’s taken in office.

A headline atop the Energy and Environment section sums its contents and Obama’s record on the issue up nicely: “Some progress, but the big fight is still ahead.”

As a candidate, Barack Obama called for a transformation in the way the United States produces and consumes energy to address global warming and to reduce …read more of NYT Assesses Obama on Energy and Environment here

 
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Maldives’ Government Hold First Underwater Meeting

By Ted Nelson ecomii.com
October 19, 2009
File under: Carbon Emission Reduction, Economy, Environmental Concerns

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It may only be a matter of years before the Maldives is fully submerged underwater; however, a recent government ceremony literally held underwater was not in preparation for future meetings. The event was staged to draw attention to the global fight against climate change before the Copenhagen meetings in December.

The meeting was held Saturday October 16th for Mohammed Nasheed, the Maldives’ President, and his cabinet to sign a document calling for the nations of the world to decrease their carbon dioxide emissions. The Maldives have taken a leadership role in the global fight against climate change largely out of necessity. …read more of Maldives’ Government Hold First Underwater Meeting here

 
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G-20 Vague On Environmental Sustainability

By Ted Nelson ecomii.com
September 28, 2009
File under: Alternative Energy, Carbon Emission Reduction, Clean Energy, Economy, Global Initiatives

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The Group of 20 (G-20) meeting in Pittsburgh has yielded promise on the environmental sustainability front… but not quantifiable, time-specific progress.

Developing nations–including the member states of the African Union–and international leaders–including former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan–have been vocal about what they want from December’s international climate change meeting in Copenhagen: a well defined plan for how developed countries will help support environmentally sustainable development in the developing world.

The G-20, a club for the heads of state of powerful  countries, acknowledged that they want to take action on this issue. They did not, however, define how much action they want to take. …read more of G-20 Vague On Environmental Sustainability here

 
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Blogging ACES – Cap and Trade

By Terrence Murray ecomii.com
July 16, 2009
File under: Carbon Emission Reduction, Environmental Policy, Public Health

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In a close vote — 219-212 — the U.S. House of Representatives approved the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES). Many Democrats broke party rank and voted against the legislation.

The debate now moves to the Senate, where the fate of the bill remains uncertain.

If fully enacted into law, ACES, also known as the Waxman – Markey bill, after its co-authors — Representatives Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) — could impact every corner of the American economy by deploying billions of dollars to prop up clean energy solutions.

The electric grid would be modernized and funds would be provided to make homes and offices more energy efficient. ACES, a 1,200 page document, leaves no stone unturned.

For ecomii readers, I dove right into the bill, slimmed down its wonkish language to pull out its major provisions, explain how they work and most importantly, how they could impact us. …read more of Blogging ACES – Cap and Trade here

 
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Politicking with our Future

By Ted Nelson ecomii.com
June 30, 2009
File under: Alternative Energy, Carbon Emission Reduction, Economy, Environmental Concerns, Environmental Policy, Legislation

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A long awaited climate bill made it through the House on Friday June 26th and is awaiting a vote in the Senate.

While it’s significant that one house of congress has finally passed a bill to curb greenhouse gases (GHGs), the vote was far too close for comfort: 219 to 212. There is no certainty that the bill will pass the Senate.

There are some beefs with the specifics on the bill and not its intent to curb GHGs (such as a Bush-like approach to clean coal), but the vast majority of the opposition is based on an argument that cap-and-trade will hurt the economy.

This reasoning, however, is faulty: if no changes are made nature is set to do far more damage to our economy than 1,000 climate bills possibly could. …read more of Politicking with our Future here

 
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