A flaw in California’s cap-and-trade plan

A flaw in California’s cap-and-trade plan

California has made clear its intention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But is it taking the right steps to do so? The state has set a goal of returning to 1990 emissions levels by 2020. It has adopted renewable energy standards, driven the national trend in...
Breaking the Climate Stalemate

Breaking the Climate Stalemate

The Bangkok meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ended this week, with no progress among countries to commit to increasing the level of emission reductions for this decade. Why are the climate talks stalemated and what should...

National Conference Call: Citizens Climate Lobby

Please join a national conference call of the Citizens Climate Lobby when their featured January guest speaker will be Daphne Wysham, Co-Director of IPS’ Sustainable Energy and Economy Network (SEEN). Daphne will discuss the problems with carbon offsets. The...

Debate: Cap and Trade

The Solar Hydrogen IGERT and the University of Delaware Energy Institute hosted the 4th annual Energy & Sustainability Conference. IPS was asked to participate in a debate on Carbon Cap and Trade policies.

Will America Buy a New Climate Policy?

Without much fanfare, U.S. legislators last December unveiled a new climate bill that just might succeed in breaking the political gridlock that has blocked action on global climate change. The bill, co-sponsored by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Susan Collins...

Let’s Pretend to Do Something about Climate Change

Dried up lakes, Can use some aid; Need much more, Than “Cap and Trade.” More than 190 nations have now agreed: Climate Change is bad and we ought to do something about it…let’s meet again someday to decide what. Naturally, low-lying islands...

Climate Scams Won’t Save the Planet

Whether you listen to NPR or Rush Limbaugh, you’ve probably heard about climate change. And if you’ve heard about climate change, chances are you’ve also heard about “cap and trade.” It’s a scheme that tries to sell business-as-usual as a solution to global warming....

Cap and Trade Should Go the Way of the Dodo Before We Do

President Barack Obama’s announcement that the U.S. will offer an unprecedented pledge to reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent by 2020 at the Copenhagen climate talks in December may seem impressive at first blush. But look closely, and...

The Soil That Saves

It is generally understood that trees are good for the environment. That the forest will be an important ally in preventing global warming is a less known fact. The European Union (EU), however, seems bound to change that. Deforestation and fossil fuel use result in...

Green Market Hustlers

On the opening panel of the Arctic Science Summit Week, Jeff Miotke announced, “Climate change policy must be based on sound silence.” It was a poignant and telling slip of the tongue. Miotke, the State Department’s deputy assistant secretary of...

Culture of Evil

Enemies don’t have cultures. They have leaders, usually tyrants. They have armies, usually large and menacing. They have propaganda, usually dull and artless. Enemies are not civilized enough to have culture. Culture humanizes, and humanity is the last thing you...

Rep. Gilchrest: Stop Climate Change Now

Wayne Gilchrest is a Republican Congressman from Maryland. He chairs the House Climate Change Caucus and has co-sponsored the Climate Stewardship Act designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to 70% below 1990 levels. Because of his reluctance to deny human...

Global Warming: A Viable Strategy

The debate in the United States on global climate change is shifting from whether to do something about the problem to what to do. The conventional wisdom focuses on “cap and trade,” also known as tradable emissions permits. The Kyoto protocol, for...
A New Standard for Preventing Global Warming

A New Standard for Preventing Global Warming

The debate in the United States on global climate change is shifting from whether to do something about the problem to what to do.1 Prudent people do not want to risk unacceptable adverse economic impacts, even if they are extremely concerned about global climate...