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URL :http://www.tnr.com/blogs/the-vine
Filed Under:Issues & Causes / Environmentalism
Posts on Regator:742
Posts / Week:2.5
Archived Since:February 10, 2009

Blog Post Archive

Is The EPA Ignoring Congress with Its Climate Rules?

Last week, shortly before Christmas, the EPA posted a quick item on its website announcing a timetable for new climate regulations on power plants and petroleum refineries. This, in turn, provoked all sorts of outrage and confusion. Industry lobbyists blasted the move. Show More Summary

The Easiest Way To Make $50 Million

It’s always an exciting opportunity when the federal government can raise revenue and protect the environment while simultaneously increasing profits at private businesses. That’s why a recent Government Accountability Office (GAO) report...Show More Summary

In Cancún, Corporations Are Taking Over The U.N. Climate Talks

Cancún, Mexico—Another year, another round of U.N. climate talks. This year's discussions in Cancún are likely to end much as last year's haggling in Copenhagen did—without a firm global treaty to stop drastic climate change. But the...Show More Summary

How the Tax Deal Could Throttle the Green Economy

There have been all sorts of drastic proclamations about the tax deal Obama struck with congressional Republicans earlier this week. Here's another to chuck on the pile: The agreement might end up killing what little momentum the U.S. Show More Summary

Is The EPA Confrontational Enough?

Here's a quick sketch of how environmental policy will get made for the next two years. Congress won't pass any new laws. The EPA will try to use the authority it already has to mop up pollution from coal plants, factories, and vehicles (and the agency has a fair bit of existing authority to do so). Show More Summary

The End of Automania

In January 1973, William Ruckelhaus, the administrator of the newly formed Environmental Protection Agency, traveled to Los Angeles to break the bad news to residents: They were going to have to drive less. Automobile smog was choking...Show More Summary

Is It Time To Reconsider The Light Bulb Ban?

When, exactly, did light bulbs become a conservative litmus test? Back in 2007, if you'll recall, George W. Bush signed an energy bill that tightened efficiency standards for lighting. It wasn't a big deal at the time. The bill justShow More Summary

Salazar Lifts the Drilling Moratorium--Is That A Good Idea?

So much for the deepwater-drilling ban. Earlier today, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that he was lifting the moratorium on offshore drilling early, well ahead of the original November 30 deadline. The reason? "There will always...Show More Summary

Did The White House Kill The Climate Bill?

In this week's New Yorker, Ryan Lizza has a long, truly excellent reported piece on how the climate bill died in the Senate. The big question is to what extent the White House deserves the blame: “I believe Barack Obama understands that fifty years from now no one’s going to know about health care,” the lobbyist said. Show More Summary

Who's to Blame for the Superweed Invasion?

On Thursday, the House oversight committee held the second of two hearings on a critical question: “Are ‘Superweeds’ an Outgrowth of USDA Biotech Policy?” Evidently, farmers are up against a Superweed invasion, and it’s not pretty. These mutant, herbicide-resistant plants are choking up to 10 million acres—and growing—of U.S. Show More Summary

Welcome to the Age of Seawalls

Over on the main site, Steve Nash has a great piece about how cities in the United States are preparing for sea-level rise. The picture's pretty bleak. Most states and localities aren't doing much planning at all. And when they are taking action, they're actually making things worse. Show More Summary

Floating Nukes Of The Day

It's hard to find a news story that better encapsulates the future of energy/environmental politics than this one. Russia's currently building eight floating nuclear power stations along its north coast so that it can keep drilling for oil and gas under the ever-melting Arctic.

Last Chance For A Renewable Energy Bill?

Hey, look: Environmentalists are suddenly getting excited again. Remember the old renewable electricity standard? The one that would force utilities to get 15 percent of their power from sources like wind, biomass, and solar by 2021? It wasn't the greatest clean-energy policy of all time, but it was something. Show More Summary

Newsflash: Hockey Stick Reaffirmed; No One Cares

Via Joe Romm, two new scientific studies reaffirm the infamous hockey stick graph. The first study appeared in Geophysical Research Letters: "We conclude that the 20th century warming of the incoming intermediate North Atlantic water...Show More Summary

Think Copenhagen Was Messy? Just Wait for the Geoengineering Talks.

carbon emissions is one hell of a coordination problem. It's no surprise that UN climate talks always descend into bickering and in-fighting. But what if we decided to cool the Earth through geo-engineering means instead? True, thatShow More Summary

How To Make A Proper Mouse Bomb

The march of science proceeds apace: If you're going to lace dead mice with poison, and drop them from helicopters into a rainforest in Guam in such a way that they become entangled high in the trees where they might murder the brown...Show More Summary

Rebranding Global Warming

Recently, White House science adviser John Holdren got some unwanted attention when he noted, in a speech at Oslo, that "global warming" might be a "dangerous misnomer." Yes, emitting greenhouse gases will raise overall global temperatures,...Show More Summary

The Koch Brothers vs. The Climate

Last month, The New Yorker's Jane Mayer reported on how billionaires David and Charles Koch fund a variety of libertarian causes—from Tea Parties to Reason magazine. Given that the brothers own Koch Industries, the second-largest privately held oil company in America, it's no surprise that the Kochs also like to wade into the carbon/climate debate. Show More Summary

Does Christine O'Donnell Think Dinosaur Bones Are Fake?

Yesterday I noted that only one Republican running for a Senate seat this year believed in climate change. That was Delaware's Mike Castle, who got ousted in his state's primary last night by Christine O'Donnell. And what's O'Donnell's deal? Well, she doesn't believe in the greenhouse effect. Show More Summary

High Noon For Climate Skepticism

It's been a good year for climate skeptics. Not, mind you, because they've been vindicated at all on the merits. Quite the opposite: 2010 is shaping up to be the hottest year on record, Arctic sea ice continues to thin out, heat waves have been torching Russia, and nearly one-fifth of Pakistan has been submerged underwater. Show More Summary

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