LOOK OUT! The weekly Climate Action Hotline will be changing over the next few weeks. As you may know, the US Climate Action Network has grown to include more than 85 member organizations with many more allies working on climate and energy issues. We love to share the great work happening on climate change, not [...]
UPDATES Legislative Update: Long-Awaited Payroll Tax Cut Extension: A clean payroll tax cut extension was wrapped up last week, and the final legislation did not include any anti-environmental riders. This is a tremendous victory for the clean air community as this bill was considered a vehicle for clean air attacks, and the opposition attempted to [...]
Guest blog by Michael Schmitz, Executive Director of ICLEI USA Back in 2010, when Colorado gubernatorial candidate Dan Maes accused Denver’s bicycle sharing program of being part of an insidious United Nations conspiracy to take over America’s communities, a nation chuckled at the absurdity. “Cities Engage in Vast Biking Conspiracy (Shh!)” read a New York [...]
The controversy over the European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS) aviation rule continued to escalate last week. The rule came into effect on January 1, 2012, and requires all airlines to account for greenhouse gas emissions flying to and from the EU regardless of point of origin. In the US, Congress took action against the E.U. policy in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) bill, which passed the House and Senate in early February not on the same day.
UPDATES Congressional Update: On Thursday morning, there was a hearing in the Subcommittee on Energy and Power on EPA’s recently-finalized Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. The witnesses invited by the Republican majority took the opportunity to attack these life-saving standards, but the reality is that the American public supports standards that will result in enormous [...]
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UPDATES Congressional Update: In a conference committee meeting February 2nd on the payroll tax bill, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) called for including H.R. 2250, the bill to block EPA’s standards to reduce mercury and other toxic air pollutants from industrial boilers. The House passed H.R. 2250 in October; similar legislation [...]