• Up in the Air

    Fire Safety, Politics and the Environment

    • UNFCCC
    • November 05, 2009

    By Bill Polits

     

    With the current flurry of climate change activity from the legislative branch to the international stage, I thought it might be a good idea to step back a bit and look at the role of the main international body governing climate change mitigation strategies, the United Nations Frame ...

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    • Carbon Cap has Floppy Fit
    • October 01, 2009

    By Bill Polits
    As reported in the Wall Street Journal, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a coalition of 10 northeastern states who have banded together to implement their own regional, mandatory cap-and-trade regime is holding its fifth greenhouse gas emissions auction today. Recent reports indicate that as ...

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    • Senate Cinches Down on Carbon Cap
    • September 29, 2009

    By Bill Polits
    The wait is over - the United States Senate has produced a bill as an answer to the House's Waxman-Markey bill: the Energy Jobs and American Power Act (S. 1733). Like the House bill, greenhouse gases are mandated to be reduced to 83% of 2005 levels by 2050, but the near term target for the year 2020 ...

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    • Health Care Sucks Oxygen from Climate Bill
    • September 27, 2009

    By Bill Polits
    The much-publicized debate over the size and shape of current national health care reform legislation threatens to drag on this fall, eclipsing the Obama administration's efforts to push a climate bill through the House and Senate in advance of the international climate treaty talks in Copenhagen in ...

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    • Waxman-Markey is Easy on the Pocketbook
    • September 26, 2009

    By Bill Polits
    A report just issued by the Energy Information Administration says that - even without factoring in the benefits of life without global warming - it won't cost more than an average of 23 cents per day per household to create green jobs and protect the environment under the Waxman-Markey American Cle ...

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    • Democratic Senators Put Their Feet Down On Climate Bill
    • September 26, 2009

    By Bill Polits
    Democratic senators from states heavily-dependent on coal-fired electricity plants wrote to President Obama saying that unless they were sure of additional protections against lost jobs as a result of the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, they could not support the legislation. From Ind ...

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