• Up in the Air

    Fire Safety, Politics and the Environment

    • Greenhouse Gas Reporting
    • December 13, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    We know this is “old news” but we thought we should double-check in case you missed it the first time…

     

    On October 30, 2009 the EPA issued a rule on reporting for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the US. If you import or export fluorocarbon f ...

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    • McConnell Says No Cap-and-Trade
    • November 08, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    In a Wall Stree Journal video interview, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) says that with the recent gains by repblicans in the US Legislature, there may be a way to move forward on energy and climate in cooperation with President Obama and the Democrats.

     

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    • Waxman Solicits Aid of US Chamber for Climate, Energy
    • October 22, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) has asked the US Chamber of Commerce to work together with lawmakers to create energy and climate legislation that has a chance of becoming law.

     

    In an

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    • Murkowski Resolution Defeated
    • June 11, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    Senator Lisa Murkowski's (R-Alaska) resolution to stop the EPA from imposing penalties on large emitters of greenhouse gases was defeated yesterday in the Senate, 47 - 53.

     

    The resolution enjoyed the support of all Republican senators and 6 Democratic senators. ...

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    • Senate Vote to Curb EPA on Carbon
    • June 09, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    On Thursday the US Senate will vote on a bill put forth by Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) to quash the authority of the US Environmental Protection Agency to limit greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act -

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    • HFC Reductions Intact: Climate Bill Rollout on Wednesday
    • May 11, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    It has been announced that the current version of the Senate Climate and Energy bill will be unveiled tomorrow.

     

    It is predicted that the bill will contain sections similar to earlier versions of congressional legislation which would reduce production allowances ...

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    • Climate Bill on Hold Pending Immigration Reform
    • April 26, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    The Kerry-Graham-Lieberman Senate climate bill is on hold for the time being and faces an uncertain future.

     

    As the Democratic leadership in both the House and the Senate re-hash their legislative priorities concerning immigration reform and banking overhaul, to ...

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    • New Climate Bill to be Unveiled April 26
    • April 16, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    As widely reported in the media today, the Senate's Kerry-Graham-Liebermann climate bill will be brought forward on Monday, April 26, a few days later than previously planned.

     

    The New York Times

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    • Climate Bill: HFC's are On the Table
    • April 15, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    With the health care bill off the legislative agenda, the US Senate will be turning its attention back to the Climate and Energy legislation. Late last year, the Kerry-Boxer bill (S. 1733) was introduced, but got tabl ...

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    • Chances Low for Climate Law
    • January 29, 2010

    By Bill Polits

     

    Since the middle of last week, bad news continues to pour in for the backers of climate legislation.

     

    The election of Republican Scott Brown to replace ...

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    • Copenhagen Hampers Climate Bill
    • December 24, 2009

    By Bill Polits

     

    You had to be sitting under a rock the past two weeks not to know that the UNFCCC’s Copenhagen conference was an embarrassing failure for everyone concerned with climate change and the regulation of greenhouse gases world-wide – so ...

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    • No Climate Bill in 2009
    • November 13, 2009

    By Bill Polits

     

    Despite the unusual push by Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works chairman Barbara Boxer to push the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act (S. 1733) out of committee against a Republican boycott of the proceedings, the word on the street is that the climate bill wil ...

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