Archive for August, 2009

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The Hub: Resources for a Clean Energy Economy
The Center for American Progress has partnered with allies to compile the arguments, stories, and state-by-state data needed to show that the clean-energy economy will create good jobs, lower consumer costs, spur innovation and entrepreneurship, and position America as a global leader in the new low-carbon energy era. The key sub-topics covered by The Hub are Jobs, Consumer Savings, Cost of Inaction, Competitiveness, and the Power of Investment.

Georgetown State-Federal Climate Resource Center
The Georgetown State-Federal Climate Resource Center (also known as the Georgetown
Climate Center or “GCC”) is the only center focused on the nexus of state and federal law and policy for climate change and energy. The GCC works to distill, analyze, and communicate information based on work at the state level and serves as a resource for those crafting new climate and energy policies. It brings together state leaders and federal officials to address climate policy challenges; monitors state, federal, and international developments; responds to information requests from state and federal policymakers; and provides analytical support to states seeking to promote their role in climate policy. The GCC also sponsors briefings and conferences.


USDA Sees House Climate Bill Yielding Long-Term Benefits for Agriculture (7/22/09)

Oregon Governor Signs Greenhouse Gas Bills (7/22/09)

Senate Likely To Follow House Lead on Pollution Permits (8/4/09)

Shaheen Introduces Forest Conservation Bill (8/6/09)


WCI Offsets Committee White Paper: Offset Definition and Eligibility Criteria
The Western Climate Initiative (WCI) Partner jurisdictions have released a white paper on Offset Definition and Eligibility Criteria. The white paper examines options for defining an offset, as well as options for each of the offset criteria required by the WCI Program Design Recommendations: real, additional, verifiable, and permanent. The Offset Committee provides in this white paper an overview of approaches that other systems have taken in defining them, an evaluation of the policy and operational considerations, and a discussion of implementation options of the criteria.

The Offset Committee is soliciting stakeholder feedback on the options presented in this white paper to help inform its recommendations to the WCI Partner jurisdictions. Written comments will be received until August 21, 2009.

The Use of Offsets to Reduce Greenhouse Gases
The Congressional Budget Office released a brief that discusses how activities with emissions that are not subject to limits in a cap-and-trade program might lower the burden of reducing the concentration of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere. Both existing climate policies, such as the European Union’s Emission Trading System, and policies under consideration, such as the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACESA) of 2009, which was recently passed by the House of Representatives, have recognized the potential for actions— such as disposing of waste in different ways, changing methods of farming, and reducing deforestation— to “offset” the extent to which the use of fossil fuels must be reduced to meet a chosen target for total GHG emissions.

Preliminary Observations on Options for Distributing Emissions Allowances and Revenue under a Cap-and-Trade Program


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