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.
After a long and drawn-out two weeks in Cancun, hope prevailed over obstructionism at the eleventh hour as 193 nations -- including the U.S. -- came together to accept a climate agreement, restoring faith in a UN process badly battered by last year’s climate talks in Copenhagen.