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Dr. Joseph Romm is the editor of Climate Progress and a Senior Fellow at the American Progress. In 2009, Time magazine named him one of the “Heroes of the Environment” and “The Web’s most influential climate-change blogger.”
Aggregation of recent polls regarding climate change and public policy.
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Wyoming wants more carbon dioxide (3/16/2010)
The New York Times
Eight years ago, the Salt Creek oil field here was pretty much played out….Since then, Anadarko has pumped more than 10 million tons of CO2 into the ground, and the company now estimates that Salt Creek’s production will last until at least 2050 and yield 800 million more barrels of crude.
This week, President Obama renewed his commitment to passing comprehensive climate and energy legislation by holding a White House meeting with top cabinet officials and key senators. At the same time…
E&E News (subscription required)
A rare agreement between the timber industry and environmentalists is helping propel legislation from Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) that would restore and manage more than 8 million acres of national forests in Oregon.
USDA News Release
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced new details about the functions and objectives of USDA’s Office of Environmental Markets (OEM). OEM, now part of USDA’s Natural Resources and Environment mission area, will work to carry out USDA’s climate and rural revitalization goals by supporting the development of emerging markets for carbon, water quality, wetlands and biodiversity.
Duke Energy to burn biomass at two coal plants. (3/10/2010)
Duke Energy plans to run two of its coal-burning power plants partly on wood, a switch that will help the utility meet North Carolina’s green-energy law.
The New York Times
Closed-door talks extended to both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue yesterday as President Obama, key senators and industry officials searched for an elusive agreement on comprehensive energy and climate change legislation.
The New York Times
Bureaucratic issues that have limited the distribution of economic stimulus funds to support energy efficiency programs have largely been resolved, the Energy Department said yesterday, but key senators remain unconvinced.
The Wilderness Society
Ten national forests in the Pacific Northwest and southeast Alaska are ranked as the top carbon-storage forests in the United States, according to an analysis released last week from the Wilderness Society. Willamette National Forest in Oregon ranked as the top carbon piggy bank, while the Olympic National Forest…..
There seems to be some confusion out there about weather vs. climate. For example, a Virginia Republican Party video urged citizens to call their Congressmen and tell them how much global warming they got during the big snowstorm a couple of weeks ago. But that doesn’t really make any sense….
This brief discusses how investment in clean energy technologies will generate economic growth and create new jobs in the United States and around the globe.
Berkeley Law/UCLA Law
This policy paper is the third in a series of reports on how climate change will create opportunities for specific sectors of the business community and how policy-makers can facilitate those opportunities. Each paper results from one-day workshop discussions that include representatives from key business, academic, and policy sectors of the affected industries. The workshops and resulting policy papers are sponsored by Bank of America and produced by a partnership of the UC Berkeley School of Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment, UCLA School of Law’s Environmental Law Center & Emmett Center on Climate Change and the Environment, and the California Attorney General’s Office.
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
ABSTRACT: The strong trends in climate change already evident, the likelihood of further changes occurring, and the increasing scale of potential climate impacts give urgency to addressing agricultural adaptation more coherently. There are many potential adaptation options available for marginal change of existing agricultural systems, often variations of existing climate risk management. We show that implementation of these options is likely to have substantial benefits under moderate climate change for some cropping systems. However, there are limits to their effectiveness under more severe climate changes. Hence, more systemic changes in resource allocation need to be considered, such as targeted diversification of production systems and livelihoods. We argue that achieving increased adaptation action will necessitate integration of climate change-related issues with other risk factors, such as climate variability and market risk, and with other policy domains, such as sustainable development. Dealing with the many barriers to effective adaptation will require a comprehensive and dynamic policy approach covering a range of scales and issues, for example, from the understanding by farmers of change in risk profiles to the establishment of efficient markets that facilitate response strategies. Science, too, has to adapt. Multidisciplinary problems require multidisciplinary solutions, i.e., a focus on integrated rather than disciplinary science and a strengthening of the interface with decision makers. A crucial component of this approach is the implementation of adaptation assessment frameworks that are relevant, robust, and easily operated by all stakeholders, practitioners, policymakers, and scientists.
The National Bureau of Economic Research
ABSTRACT: Stringent regulation for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions will impose different costs across geographical regions. Low-carbon, environmentalist states, such as California, would bear less of the incidence of such regulation than high-carbon Midwestern states. Such anticipated costs are likely to influence Congressional voting patterns. This paper uses several geographical data sets to document that conservative, poor areas have higher per-capita carbon emissions than liberal, richer areas. Representatives from such areas are shown to have much lower probabilities of voting in favor of anti-carbon legislation. In the 111th Congress, the Energy and Commerce Committee consists of members who represent high carbon districts. These geographical facts suggest that the Obama Administration and the Waxman Committee will face distributional challenges in building a majority voting coalition in favor of internalizing the carbon externality.