Climate Change

Missed Opportunity as Climate Bill Moves out of House Committee

Thursday, May 21, 2009
CONTACT: Patrick McCully (International Rivers), +1 510 848 1155 In response to passage of the "American Clean Energy and Security Act" by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, a coalition of environmental, legal, consumer, and community advocacy groups released the following joint statement: “While a week of debate failed to adequately strengthen protections for consumers, communities, and the climate in this bill, it erased all doubt of who will benefit most from it: Big Business. Despite the best efforts of Chairman Waxman, the decision-making process was co-opted by oil and coal lobby

Comments to California Air Resources Board on Offsets Under AB32

Thursday, May 21, 2009
Quality Criteria for Offsets Under AB32International Rivers submission to CARB ( 21 May 2009 International Rivers provides the following comments regarding “Criteria for Compliance Offsets in a Cap-and-Trade Program” as presented at the stakeholder workshop on April 28th, 2009.International Rivers is in a unique position to offer comments on AB32’s offset program due to our having closely monitored the development and implementation of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), by far the world’s largest offset scheme, over the past decade. Our CDM work has included

Slow Down Climate Change with Minimal Offsets and Money in Your Pocket

A two-year study by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), “Climate 2030: A National Blueprint for a Clean Energy Economy,” has found that the United States can dramatically cut global warming emissions and reduce consumer and business energy bills at the same time, all with a minimum amount of (rip-)offsets. Among their key findings is that we can reach our targets with just 11% coming from offsets in 2030. This shines new light on the 2 billion offsets currently in the Waxman-Markey bill, namely that nowhere will we need that many offsets to achieve real reductions and return

Coalition Statement Against Offsets in US Climate Bill

Thursday, April 23, 2009
The Honorable Henry WaxmanChair, Committee on Energy and CommerceThe Honorable Edward MarkeyChair, Subcommittee on Energy and EnvironmentDear Chairmen Waxman and Markey,We commend you on the effort you have undertaken in crafting your draft "American Clean Energy & Security Act of 2009." While there is much to applaud in this bill, there are also areas for substantial improvement. While we will be communicating to you separately with respect to other issues, our organizations are concerned in particular about one key element that threatens to undermine its integrity and effectiveness in ad

Offsets in Climate Bill Undermine Clean Energy, Green Jobs

Thursday, April 23, 2009
Environmental Groups Urge Waxman/Markey to Close the Floodgate on Carbon Offsets, 1 Sky, California Communities Against Toxics, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, Church World Service, Eco-Justice Collaborative, Energy Justice Network, Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative, Essential Action, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Friends of the Earth, GAIA, Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice, Greenpeace, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, Indigenous Environmental Network, Institute for Energy & Environmental Research, International

Let California Lead the Way with AB 1404

CA leading the way for air quality, environmental justice, and real emissions reductions.
CA leading the way for air quality, environmental justice, and real emissions reductions. International Rivers has endorsed a bill currently under consideration by Californian legislators that would seriously limit the use of offsets within the state's planned carbon trading system, and totally ban the use of credits from the UN's Clean Development Mechanism. Assembly Bill 1404, or the Global Warming, Compliance Offsets and Air Quality in California bill, was introduced by Assembly Members Kevin De León and Manuel Pérez, both Southern California Democrats This bill is co-sponso

EPA Trying to Get Back on Track

EPA, no longer the emitter protection agency?
EPA, no longer the emitter protection agency? After years of being a Bush-administration bedfellow in practicing faux-science and lax environmental regulations, EPA under new leadership is trying to get ahead of the game. In the recent weeks, Obama has been overriding program after program and rule after rule under the Bush-era EPA, including a rule that would have allowed developers to forgo expert consultation on endangered species and a program that would have awarded voluntary pollution controls for hundreds of corporations with reduced environmental inspections and less stringent r

US Enticed by EU to Buy International (Rip-)Offsets

The CDM: "Have a poisoned apple, US, it'll do the climate good"?

Hoodwinked in the Hothouse

Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Rising Tide North America's 20-page pamphlet -- "Hoodwinked in the Hothouse" -- covers topics as diverse as Clean Coal, Agrofuels, Geoengineering, Megadams, Carbon Offsets and over a dozen other non-solutions to the climate crisis, all in concise, colorfully illustrated and information packed essays.

New Report Shows Climate Change is Changing in the American Mind

A new report from the Yale Project on Climate Change, "Climate Change in the American Mind: Americans' Climate Change Beliefs, Attitudes, Policy Preferences, and Actions," has just been released. According to the Director of the Yale Project, Anthony Leiserowitz, the report is based on a "nationally representative survey of more than 2,000 Americans" conducted in October and November. Despite the small study sample, the study did find that even in the midst of the growing economic crisis, over 90% of Americans said that the United States should act to reduce glo


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