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The year in climate: Washington's missed opportunities

16
Dec
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As the year kicked off, climate change and clean energy advocates were teased with the prospects of another jobs bill centered on clean energy provisions and the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman climate bill. The jobs bill was rumored to include the HomeStar program, which would fund a massive energy efficiency retrofit program (the best bang for the buck in reducing emissions), while the climate bill was rumored to include a full carbon cap.

Nick Santos is a former 1Sky policy fellow and now works with The Environmental Consumer in California. The author's opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the 1Sky campaign.
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Making Sausage of Climate Policy

8
Oct
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By 1Sky blogger Andy Silber. See Andy's bio at the end of this post. -- Luis

Andy Silber is a astrophysicist, engineer, project manager, husband, father, and energy activist living in Seattle. Visit Andy's blog on Sustainable West Seattle. The author's opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the 1Sky campaign.

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Policy Update 10/6/2010 - EPA/DOT Propose Stronger Auto Efficiency Standards (VIDEO)

4
Oct
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Last week, President Obama's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) announced their intent to set progressively stronger efficiency standards for new cars: 47-62 mpg by 2025. Congress wrapped up its pre-election business promptly to allow members to return home and campaign.

Congressional Timeline:

  • 11/2: Election Day
  • 11/15: Beginning of Senate Lame Duck session (tentative)

Obama Administration proposes another strong cars rule

In spring of 2009, President Obama worked with automakers to push for 35.5 mpg standards by 2016, and is now beginning a second rulemaking process that will set even stronger standards for new vehicles: 47-62 mpg by 2025, which represents a 3-6% annual improvement beyond the existing 2016 standards. This announcement represents a stage of administrative rulemaking called a "Notice of Intent" (NOI), essentially a draft rule made public to allow stakeholders to weigh in. The final rule will not be finalized until July of 2012.

Our allies at Environment America, Sierra Club, and other groups are advocating for a 60 mpg standard. According to the EPA, a 62 mpg standard is doable if much of the new fleet is made up of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.

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DC Hill Update 5/12/10 - Kerry and Lieberman expected to release climate bill today (UPDATED)

12
May
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Update:: Senators Kerry and Lieberman released their "American Power Act" earlier today. Read our reaction here. -- Luis

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DC Hill Update 5/4/10 - Climate bill tensions ease as drilling disaster ravages the Gulf Coast

4
May
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After a week of friction amongst Democratic leadership, the legislative calendar is coming into focus. The Senate is on the verge of passing Wall street reform, which if done quickly will leave space for a comprehensive energy and climate bill to be considered this spring. Co-sponsors of the draft legislation have yet to set out a new timeline for the bill's release, but tensions have eased considerably since the initial disagreements began last weekend.

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DC Hill Update 4/06/2010: Obama Administration Expands Offshore Drilling, Congress Still on Recess

6
Apr
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With Congress on recess, this week was marked by big news from the Obama Administration, including a disappointing announcement about offshore oil drilling and a more encouraging one about mountaintop removal coal mining. Meanwhile, 1Sky supporters turned out in impressive numbers to "storm" in-state Congressional offices nationwide, demanding that members of Congress oppose the "Dirty Air Act" proposals currently under consideration.

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DC Hill Update 3/1/10: Clean Air Act Attacks and Draft Climate Bill Expected This Week

1
Mar
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The Senate just passed a bipartisan jobs bill and health care returned to center stage in Washington. Debate heated up as Senator Murkowski's attack on the Clean Air Act gained both new support and new criticism. Also this week, a Senate climate trio including Senators Kerry, Graham, and Lieberman has reaffirmed their commitment to passing a climate bill this year, beginning with a draft bill.

1Sky and dozens of partners including Clean Energy Works are gearing up for a major call-in campaign taking place this week from March 2-4 asking senators to defeat Senator Murkowski's efforts to weaken the Clean Air Act and urging the Senate to pass comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation.

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