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Wind Industry, Governors Coalition Call for Renewable Energy Standard

The wind industry’s main trade group is pushing for legislation that will create a national renewable-electricity standard (RES) in the waning weeks of the 111th Congress, E2 Wire reports. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) will begin airing 30-second TV spots in Washington, D.C., cable markets today touting proposals that … Read more »

Majority of Small Biz Owners in ME, MA and NH Support Climate Legislation

A poll of 319 small business owners in the states of Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire show strong support for clean energy and climate legislation, according to the Main Street Alliance and Small Business Majority. The survey also indicates that small business owner support for the bill in all three … Read more »

Kerry and Lieberman Release Draft Climate Bill While EPA Issues Final Tailoring Rule

The Kerry-Lieberman climate bill has arrived (as previously reported by EL here). On May 12, 2010, Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) released their long-awaited “discussion draft” of climate change legislation. The draft bill, which weighs in at 987 pages and is called the “American Power Act,” … Read more »

Expect Revised Climate Bill Before Earth Day

A revised Senate climate bill is expected to be unveiled sometime early the week of April 19, just days before Earth Day, which is April 22, according to news reports. Democratic Senator John Kerry, along with Republican Lindsey Graham and independent Senator Joseph Lieberman, are expected to introduce a compromise … Read more »

White House Taking Crack at ‘Hybrid’ Energy, Climate Legislation

The White House is trying to gather momentum for a “last-ditch” effort to put together what it considers the most essential elements of existing energy and climate legislation, reports the New York Times. Observers say that President Obama may seek a compromise that involves greenhouse gas reductions and at the … Read more »

U.S. Officially Pledges to Cut GHG Emissions by 17%

Bolstering the global warming deal made at the Copenhagen talks in December, the Obama administration officially pledged that the United States would cut its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the range of 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020, reports the Baltimore Sun. President Barack Obama said at the Copenhagen … Read more »

Business Leaders Launch TV Ads Supporting Energy, Climate Legislation

We Can Lead, a network of 150 U.S. companies and business leaders, have put in motion a $1 million television advertising campaign in support of comprehensive energy and climate legislation. We Can Lead’s ads are funded by the Clean Economy Network Inc. and Ceres‘ Business for Innovative Climate and Energy … Read more »

Handicapping Senate Passage of the Kerry-Boxer Climate Bill

With the decline of the Redskins, a new favorite pastime among Washingtonians is handicapping Senate passage of climate change legislation. Will the Senate pass the “Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act,” S.1733, a cap-and-trade bill cosponsored by Sen. John Kerry (D Mass.) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) (also known … Read more »

Climate Bill Impact on Ag Becomes More Clear

Some farmers would benefit from the House version of the climate bill by being paid to plant trees, while the fresh fruit and vegetable industry likely would face higher production costs. Under the House plan, from 2015 to 2050, about 85 percent of revenue from agricultural-related carbon offsets would come … Read more »

Senate Climate Bill May be Reshaped by Coal States

Senators from states heavily reliant on coal-fired electricity want the climate bill to apportion more free carbon permits to their states, reports Reuters. Without such changes, electricity consumers in certain states would have to pay unfairly higher rates, a group of 14 Democratic Senators stated, in a letter to other … Read more »

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