7:25 AM, Nov 12, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Late last night, the White House announced a carbon deal with China. As the Washington Post explains:
Chinese leader Xi Jinping and President Obama struck a deal Wednesday to limit greenhouse gases, with China committing for the first time to cap carbon emissions and Obama unveiling a plan for deeper U.S. emissions reductions through 2025.
China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, pledged in the far-reaching agreement to cap its rapidly growing carbon emissions by 2030, or earlier if possible. It also set a daunting goal of increasing the share of non-fossil fuels to 20 percent of the country’s energy mix by 2030.
Senator Mitch McConnell, who will likely be Senate majority leader next year, immediately blasted the deal.
"Our economy can’t take the President’s ideological War on Coal that will increase the squeeze on middle-class families and struggling miners. This unrealistic plan, that the President would dump on his successor, would ensure higher utility rates and far fewer jobs. The President said his policies were on the ballot, and the American people spoke up against them. It’s time for more listening, and less job-destroying red tape. Easing the burden already created by EPA regulations will continue to be a priority for me in the new Congress," said McConnell in a prepared statement released just after midnight.
12:29 PM, Aug 27, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The man who is described by his mouthpiece as “the constitutional lawyer in the Oval Office” is increasingly bored with the routine demands of his job (so much so that even Maureen Dowd has noticed) and finds the Constitution a darned nuisance and an obstacle.
10:31 AM, Jul 17, 2014 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
Conflate two separate issues and you get one policy error. That is what too many opponents of carbon taxes are doing, getting caught up in the argument about climate change, which really has nothing to do with the case for a carbon tax. That case is that such a tax can make growth-inducing tax reform easier to achieve, and reduce the need for an expansion of the regulatory state, while protecting the competitiveness of our industries.
4:04 PM, Jun 6, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
When the EPA released its new rules aimed to get the nation on the road carbon free (sort of) energy generation, the news was plainly bad for coal. No surprise there. The prospects for renewables – solar, wind, hydro, etc. – were enormously enhanced by the plan. This was also unsurprising. But what about nuclear power?
12:41 PM, Feb 21, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg met with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at United Nations headquarters today for Bloomberg's new role as United Nations special envoy for cities and climate change. At the photo op, the secretary general was effusive in his praise of Bloomberg, even crediting him for transforming New York City into a "carbon-free city" [emphasis added]:
11:05 AM, Nov 22, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Remember carbon credits. This was the magical scheme that would allow Al Gore to live in his energy profligate house and various celebrities to fly around the globe in the private jets, pumping tons of carbon into the atmosphere, and do so with a clean conscience. They probably would have done it anyway but gestures count and if you can afford to buy indulgences, then you pick up a few (cheap) then go out and sin some more.
9:44 AM, Jun 27, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The government's new commitment to reducing what President Obama calls "carbon pollution" will, it seems, make us all more prosperous through the miracle of regulation. As Roger Meiners explains on “The Percolator,” the Department of Energy claims that a new regulation covering microwaves will yield:
1:32 PM, Nov 22, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Many lament the poor state of our economy. But those poor souls, oh how they miss the good in the bad recession:
Carbon dioxide, widely considered the chief cause of global warming, decreased from 2008 to 2009, largely because of the global economic slowdown, says a study released Sunday.
Raiders of the lost self-awareness. 10:41 AM, Apr 30, 2010 • By MARY KATHARINE HAM
Harrison Ford owns seven airplanes, but only flies "one at a time." For environmentalist critics who say this is a contradiction, he has this message:
"I’ll start walking everywhere when they start walking everywhere.”
Ed Begley's coming for him! But really slowly, on a bicycle, so he doesn't have that much to worry about.
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