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Environmental activist Van Jones talks about California’s ballot Proposition 23, a horrible attempt by Texas oil companies to roll back California’s effort to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

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Yesterday’s announcement by the White House that it would seek an end to the moratorium on oil and gas development off the eastern and gulf coasts of the U.S. has nothing to do with serving as a bargaining chip for stalled Senate climate negotiations, but rather is intended to blunt expected GOP campaign attacks that Obama the socialist environmentalist has caused gasoline prices to rise $1 per gallon since taking office. I see Obama’s move more about controlling the tone of the upcoming mid-term elections than about cutting a climate deal. So here’s my prediction: this drilling announcement marks the death of a climate deal for this congress.

Here’s why Obama’s political move to open up our coasts to more drilling is wrong: (more…)

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Need an explanation of cap and trade that even a climate change denier could understand? Check out this short video hosted by Annie Leonard whose earlier film Story of Stuff took a hard look at our culture of excessive consumerism. She continues the theme with a series of new videos that will look at different aspects of sustainability. The first one, The Story of Cap & Trade, was released this month. Here’s what the project’s Web site says about the first installment:

The Story of Cap & Trade is a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the leading climate solution being discussed at Copenhagen and on Capitol Hill. Host Annie Leonard introduces the energy traders and Wall Street financiers at the heart of this scheme and reveals the “devils in the details” in current cap and trade proposals: free permits to big polluters, fake offsets and distraction from what’s really required to tackle the climate crisis. If you’ve heard about cap and trade, but aren’t sure how it works (or who benefits), this is the film is for you.

Watch the film and learn why cap and trade is just another way for Wall Street to cash in on climate change without actually doing much to combat it. After you’ve watched, go here to take action.

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Is it strange that an economist at the Office of Management and Budget would attack the cost of a new clean air rule? Not when you consider the background of the economist, Randall Lutter, who is assigned to OMB from the Food and Drug Administration.

According to emails obtained by the Washington Post, statements from Lutter such as: “Are these really instances of zero-cost emissions reductions, or are they instead instances of emissions reductions that should already be in the baseline?” provide agencies like EPA cover in weakening regulations that protect the public.

But before Lutter was at FDA, he was a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, which famously offered scientists $10,000 to undermine the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report in 2007. The AEI has taken aim at EPA’s role in combating climate change, a recent post on AEI’s Enterprise blog compared EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson to Dirty Harry: “You can just see Jackson standing there with a .44 magnum in her hand, and a steely glint in her eye, telling industry (more…)

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The Obama administration proposed a historic step forward yesterday that would reduce our nation’s oil consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The proposed standards it announced for fuel economy and emissions would save 1.3 million barrels of oil per day in 2020 and save drivers about $26 billion per year in 2020, based on the current price of gas. Under the proposal, automakers would have to raise the average gas mileage across their fleets to 35.5 miles per gallon and reduce carbon dioxide to 250 grams per mile by 2016.

At the same time, the proposal must be improved before it is finalized because it offers auto manufacturers too many opportunities to evade proposed fuel economy gains. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) must ensure that the rule’s fuel savings are realized by limiting auto manufacturers’ ability to undercut fuel economy gains. In the past, the auto industry has done everything in its power to weaken critical safety and environmental regulations. The EPA and NHTSA should guard against history repeating itself. (more…)

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