General Policy

America's Businesses Say Limiting Fossil Fuel Pollution is Key to Job Creation

NextEra Energy, Levi Strauss & Co., Diversey and Tetra Pak Inc. reiterate call for climate bill.

"Hot Air" in the American Power Act

Weak initial emissions caps under the American Power Act (APA) would delay clean energy investments

Giant Ice Sculpture to be Unveiled Outside U.S. Senate

At an event at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on 15 July 2010, youth groups and climate experts will highlight the melting disinformation campaign of climate deniers.

Rising Greenhouse Gas Concentrations Driving Up Sea Surface Temperatures that Fuel More Intense Hurricanes

Hurricane expert Greg Holland of the National Center for Atmospheric Research says the potential for a disastrous 2010 hurricane season reflects not just natural variability but also climate change.  He explained that record high sea surface temperatures in the tropical Atlantic were one of the principal factors behind the dire forecast, and that rising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases may account for roughly half of the anomolous warmth.  He warned that "we’re looking at potentially a doubling of major hurricanes in the next 20 to 30 years" as a result of global warming.

White House Climate Change Adaptation Task Force Schedules Series of Public Outreach Meetings

The White House Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force is holding a series of meetings to "hear local and regional ideas, questions and concerns about climate change impacts and to describe Federal planning efforts already underway."  Two (in Florida and Oregon) already have occurred, one is today (9 July 2010) in Hawaii; and two are upcoming in Chicago, Illinois (15 July) and in Denver, Colorado (19 July).

$730 Billion Dollar Outdoor Industry is becoming a Vocal Proponent of Climate Change Legislation

The Outdoor Industry Association—a trade group representing 4,000 retailers, distributors and suppliers—joins other major companies in calling for comprehensive climate and energy legislation

Senator from Oil & Gas Dependent State Calls for Comprehensive Energy Bill

In an impassioned, impromptu speech on the Senate floor today (30 June 2010), Senator Begich from Alaska calls on the Senate to pass a comprehensive energy bill. "The people who will lose, if we do not get a comprehensive energy plan, is the public. It doesn't matter if you're a Republican, Democrat, Green Party or Independent. You name it and you are going to be affected..."

Ocean Acidification is an Additional Hazard of America’s Oil Addiction

As oil continues to spew into the Gulf of Mexico, the hazards of America’s oil addiction on coastal communities and fishermen is not limited to oil drilling. The burning of fossil fuels such as oil is creating an additional danger to our oceans and fishermen.

U.S. Navy Assessing Budget Implications of Climate Change Preparedness

In a candid teleconference with reporters earlier this month (18 June 2010), Rear Admiral David Titley said that “one of the investments that we are really going to have to think about in the next few decades is the impact of sea-level rise on the Navy’s infrastructure.” He said the Navy is assessing how much "real money"  -- "millions and even billions" of dollars -- would be required for the Navy to prepare for that and other impacts of climate change.

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