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. So, as Coral Davenport of the New York Times reports:
The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.
The president might try leading by example and forgo some of those trips on Air Force One. The destination is usually some fundraiser and the plane belches carbon by the ton.
He could stay in Washington and do his job. The planet and the electorate would appreciate it.
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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