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President Calls for Ramping Up Responsible Climate Change Policies

President Calls for Ramping Up Responsible Climate Change Policies

On June 25th, President Obama gave a wide-ranging speech on climate change in which he urged the nation’s public and private sectors to engage in “steady, responsible action to cut carbon pollution . . . so we can leave behind a cleaner, more stable environment.” NEMA and its 400-plus members heard much that was familiar.  Since 2010, we’ve been working on a strategic initiative to develop a methodology to conduct carbon footprint assessments in the electro-product sector. Read more [...]
The Spill and the Energy Bill

The Spill and the Energy Bill

A New York Times editorial last Saturday called on the United States Senate to take an early lesson from the Gulf oil spill catastrophe and move comprehensive energy and pollution legislation.  This seems like a no-brainer, and Congress should complete the task of addressing energy independence comprehensively in a way that makes both fiscal and environmental sense for the nation, while promoting energy independence.  But one paragraph of the editorial recommended a Read more [...]
Carbon Pricing Creeps into DOE Rulemaking

Carbon Pricing Creeps into DOE Rulemaking

The Department of Energy's latest appliance efficiency standard rule monetizes the cost of carbon dioxide emissions. The rulemaking for Residential Water Heaters, Direct Heating, and Pool Heaters was released on March 31. The rule uses the a range of estimates for the social cost of carbon: $4.7, $21.4, $35.1, and $64.9 (in 2007 dollars). The second-lowest estimate ($21.4) would roughly double the price of electricity from coal generators, which would significantly skew the cost-benefit Read more [...]