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US edges towards cap on greenhouse gases
Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian
The US yesterday took a first step towards mandatory controls on greenhouse gas emissions, in direct defiance of the Bush administration’s policy on climate change.
Yesterday’s vote in a Senate subcommittee marks the first US move towards European-style policies. Although the caps on emissions approved do not go as far as those in Europe, environmental campaigners said they marked a decisive break with the administration’s policies.
“Whether or not a bill reaches President Bush’s desk before he leaves office, this vote was a clear sign that his Just Say No policy on global warming has reached the end of its useful political life,” said Philip Clapp, the president of the independent National Environmental Trust (NET).
(2 November 2007)
Interview with David Sandalow, author of Freedom from Oil
Dr. David Livingston, The Space Show
David Sandalow was the guest today regarding his new book, “Freedom From Oil: How The next President Can End The United States Oil Addiction.” This is an off space program of about 40 minutes. David has interesting proposals and concepts for creating energy independence from Middle Eastern oil nations. Having served in the Clinton administration, he politically connected and his book and message are being listened to by those inside the Beltway. David is a Brooking researcher and if you follow the contact information he provided at the end of the show, you can likely send him a comment or question. His book on Amazon can be found here.
The Space Show focuses on timely and important issues influencing the development of outer-space commerce and space tourism, as well as other related subjects of interest to us all.
(31 October 2007)
New York Times starting to do right by energy reporting
“Calorie”, The Oil Drum
The IHT/NYT article also has a nice graphic:
Interestingly, there are at least five articles about oil in today’s NYT (Leanan’s already picked up most or all of them). As one who has been critical of the Times’ coverage of oil, I’m pleasantly surprised.
- Tapped Out, but Hopeful: A Break in Texas’s Oil Decline
- A War Game Supposes Scarce and Risky Oil
- Government Cannot Halt Oil Incentives, Judge Rules
- Citing Oil Prices, Asia Starts Reducing Fuel Subsidies
- Energy Expert Sees Hazard in Costly Oil
(2 November 2007)
A post by “Calorie” from the Nov 2 Drum Beat at The Oil Drum.
Let’s give compliments where they are due. Once the New York Times makes up its mind to cover a topic, they generally do an outstanding job. Next step: to break the newspaper’s taboo on covering peak oil seriously. -BA