Weekly Mulch: The Pros and Cons of the Climate Bill

by Raquel Brown, TMC MediaWire Blogger

The American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), also known as the Waxman-Markey bill, narrowly passed in the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of June. The ACES bill seeks to mitigate climate change via emission reductions, investments in energy technology, creation of clean energy jobs, and rigid standards for energy efficiency. Check out Grist for a valuable breakdown of the act.

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Another Bush Knife In The Back

Crossposted from Left Toon Lane, Bilerico Project& My Left Wing

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LALALALALALALALA... I Can't Hear You....

Although the Bush Administration rarely amazes me with their harmful environmental policies and selective and biased approach to scientific inquiry, this one, ironically, really took my breath away:

This morning, the New York Times reported that the EPA, responding to a Supreme Court ruling to determine the extent to which greenhouse gas poses a threat to the health and safety of people and the environment, sent a full report to the White House, via email, six months ago. The email, that included a conclusion with evidence surrounding the effects of greenhouse gasses, was never opened!

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Help Me Put Cleaner Cars on the Road

Last week I introduced "The Clean Car Discount Act of 2007" (AB 493) to reduce harmful global warming and smog-forming pollution from passenger vehicles by establishing an innovative program to make cleaner cars and light duty trucks more affordable.  This is a market-based program that will provide one-time rebates on purchases of new vehicles that are cleaner.  The rebates are funded by one-time surcharges on new vehicles with very high emissions of global warming pollution.  AB 493 is sponsored by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) and strongly supported by major environmental and consumer groups.

Last year the Legislature and the Governor joined together and passed AB 32, The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.  The Governor, the Legislature, and the people of California have said that global warming is a top priority.

It is critical that we establish a program like this now. Transportation accounts for over 40 percent of global warming emissions in this state, and 2/3 of that is from passenger cars and light trucks. That's as much global warming pollution as all of the industrial sources in the state combined.  California is a car culture, and we will have to address the vehicles we drive if we are ever going to meet the global warming targets we've set.

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