"April 16 News: Reducing Carbon Emissions Through Silver Buckshot Is Messy, New Report Finds"
Congratulations to InsideClimate News winning a Pulitzer for their coverage of the Enbridge pipeline spill in 2010. [Washington Post]
A report released yesterday said that the U.S. has reduced carbon emissions in recent years through a “messy but useful” combination of state renewable energy policies, national fuel efficiency standards, and energy innovation advances. [U.S. News and World Report]
Despite “political infighting” that has prevented comprehensive policies to fight global warming, the United States has made significant policy progress over the past decade to curb carbon emissions, according to a new report released Monday.
A series of “messy but useful” alternative energy incentives, carbon regulation and innovation — mostly at the state level — has reduced the country’s contribution to climate change, according to The Policy Climate, a comprehensive report on climate change policy in India, Europe, Brazil, China and the United States.
“There’s a lot of angst or worry that we’re not doing anything,” says David Nelson, of the San Francisco-based Climate Policy Initiative and author of the report. “But quite clearly what we’re doing has managed to stop the growth of emissions in a number of sectors.”
Over the past seven years, carbon emissions have fallen by 13 percent in the United States.
… a series of policy reforms focused on improving the economy, creating jobs and making the country less dependent on foreign oil have led to less carbon emissions overall. Tax credits for alternative energy sources, local antipollution laws, federal automobile fuel efficiency standards and new, more efficient energy technologies have led to a net overall positive.
Today, the EU voted down a proposal to tighten the supply of carbon allowances to bring prices back up to a more effective level. [AP]
Senators Shaheen and Portman should be re-introducing a bipartisan bill encouraging energy efficiency in industry, R&D, and new building codes. [The Hill]
Greenhouse gas emissions declined 1.6 percent from 2010 to 2011, mostly because of better automobile fuel efficiency, reduced coal consumption, and a mild winter. [LA Times]
Obsolete pipelines raise safety concerns of continued spills like the one that occurred in Mayflower, Arkansas. [Wall Street Journal]
China does not border the Arctic, but recently it has been paying attention to Iceland, which does. [Christian Science Monitor]
Environmentalists cut a hole in the ice at the North Pole and dropped the flag and a capsule with almost 3 million signatures asking for the region to be off-limits to exploitation, competing with the Russian flag placed there in 2007. [Reuters]
The House Energy and Commerce Committee will mark up a bill to authorize construction of the Keystone pipeline. [The Hill]
Another bill sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) would constrain EPA’s cost-benefit analysis and force it prioritize economic concerns over public health concerns. [National Journal]
Even if you don’t have panels on your roof, solar power could be reducing your electricity bill. [Solar Love]
Utilities are looking to reduce the credits they give to energy produced by rooftop solar, they say, to allow them to pay for infrastructure investments. [EarthTechling]
Now that the wind turbines and solar panels have been installed at the Philadelphia Eagles’ stadium, they supply 30 percent of the stadium’s total power usage. [Philadelphia Inquirer]
The amount of summer ice melting in Antarctica is the greatest seen in 1,000 years. [Huffington Post]
On Thursday, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee is expected to move Ernest Moniz’s nomination to the full Senate. [The Hill]
Allergy season has been particularly rough for Bay Area residents and people all over the country. [San Jose Mercury News]
Hares change fur color as the season changes to camouflage themselves, but climate change’s affect on seasons could threaten that protection. [Science]