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.
The good new is that House and Senate finally passed the more than $1 trillion dollar omnibus spending bill Thursday night and most of the egregious attacks on public health and the environment were left out. However, there were some notable dirty riders such as a step backward by repealing energy efficiency standards for light bulbs. Unfortunately, this bill also included provisions for exempting Arctic drilling from critical Clean Air Act standards which is not only bad for the environment but also the wrong way to legislate decisions like those.
Owning Up: Taking Responsibility Before Durban November 14, 2011 As we paid tribute to our Armed Forces this week, the climate community celebrated an extraordinary victory for the health, safety and security of this country’s future; a future that America’s men and women in the military fight to protect every day, both at home and [...]
Member Reports: Water Works: Green for All, in partnership with the Economic Policy Institute, Pacific Institute and American Rivers, published a new report this month estimating the economic impact and job creating potential of major new investment in US water infrastructure. Water Works: Rebuilding Infrastructure, Creating Jobs, Greening the Environment found that “an investment of [...]
October 3, 2011 Panama Climate Talks Begin On Saturday October 1st, the third United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) intersessional began in Panama City, Panama and will continue until the end of this week. These climate talks are the last official negotiating session of the year designed to prepare for the upcoming Conference [...]
Member Reports: Insurer Responses to Climate Risk: This month, Ceres released “Climate Risk Disclosure By Insurers: Evaluating Insurer Responses to the NAIC Climate Disclosure Survey.” The report examines public disclosure filings from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to assess US insurer consideration of climate change as a key risk factor to their business [...]
Shaking up Coal The earth moved a bit last week when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake marked the opening moments of a meeting hosted by the Sierra Club to discuss coal. Representatives from two dozen national organizations met at a meeting convened at the Sierra Club’s DC office to discuss the organization’s coal strategy and the [...]
Epic Climate Protests Amid Severe Climate Impacts Today at the White House, residents of Nebraska, along with a large contingency of DC residents, helped kick-off the third day of the largest civil disobedience in the history of the American climate movement. For two weeks, over 2,000 people from all 50 states are expected to take [...]
Peter Bahouth, Executive Director Aug. 8, 2011 Image courtesy of: NRDC In the Heat of Summer The horrible July heat wave has spilled over into August, bringing weeks, even entire months, of unusually high temperatures to cities across the US. Nearly 200 million people are said to be affected by the heat wave, with 2,712 [...]
Peter Bahouth, Executive Director August 1, 2011 Takin’ the Good with the Bad Early last week, despite earlier expressions of concern on the adverse effects of climate change impacts on international peace and security, the House released an authorization bill with an amendment from Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL) that would reduce the budget set aside [...]