This week’s climate headlines are reminiscent of an old joke that touted “newspaper headlines the day after nuclear war.”
A cross-section of Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are backing legislation that would require U.S. electric companies to generate 15 percent of their power from renewable sources of energy and to demonstrate annual electricity savings of 5 percent by 2020. The provision includes an out for states that can't meet the mandate: Governors would have the option of reducing the renewable mandate to 12 percent and increasing the efficiency requirement to 8 percent.
House Energy and Commerce Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Energy and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Edward Markey, D-Mass., held a marathon of hearings last week on their draft climate change and energy strategy. Nearly 70 witnesses testified -- many of whom are contributors to this blog. Waxman wants to vote the bill out of committee by Memorial Day.
Establishing a transparent and well-overseen carbon market will be critical to the success of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, a Duke University expert on environmental markets will tell members of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee in a hearing Friday, April 24.
Three Nicholas Institute Advisory Board members testified this week before a U.S. House of Representatives committee in support of congressional action to address energy transformation and climate change. Each Board member used the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) Blueprint for Legislative Action as a yardstick for evaluating the legislation currently before the committee -- the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, which is co-sponsored by Chairmen Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D-MA).
The Climate Change Initiative of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) has awarded three grants totaling more than $1.6 million to the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University, Resources for the Future, and the World Resources Institute to conduct nonpartisan research on critical issues in the ongoing debate about cap-and-trade legislation and complementary federal policies.
Climate legislation will not cause a surge in natural gas demand, despite the worries of some policymakers and businesses, according to a new report.
Since Congress lifted a moratorium on offshore drilling last year, federal lawmakers have grappled with the issue of how best to regulate U.S. ocean waters to allow oil, wave and wind energy development, while sustainably managing critical fisheries and marine animal habitats.
The economy is still in a drought, but nature has been kinder to the Triad lately. There's been plenty of rain.