Five Things I Learned About ACES in Five Minutes on Twitter

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Published on July 13th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  


Here at Cool Green Science we love us some Twitter. It gives us access to a huge source of news and views on environmental topics, helps us interact directly with our readers and spread the word about Conservancy projects. (Go to to follow our tweet goodness.)

One of the topics I follow daily on Twitter is the American Clean Energy and Security Act (otherwise known as ACES, otherwise known as Waxman-Markey, otherwise known as the climate bill) — its progress through Congress and how people are reacting to it. Twitter makes it easy to search for all the tweets on terms like this, and I use Tweetie (a program for Macs, there are others for PCs) to keep track of these twitter streams.

I often email what I find on twitter about ACES tweets to my colleagues. Then I thought: Why not throw it up on the blog? So here are five things I learned about ACES last week in just five minutes on Twitter. (Look for this to be a semi-regular feature on the blog, like a hipster’s Cool Green Morning.)

  1. The director of the Economics for Equity and the Environment Network thinks ACES is worth passing because it creates a price signal for carbon for the first time, includes provisions to protect low-income consumers from price hikes and will give the Obama administration some clout  in Copenhagen. (@1sky)
  2. James Hansen, director of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies really, really doesn’t like ACES and thinks the G8 was not impressed by a better-than-nothing approach. Grist’s David Roberts thinks they’d be even less impressed by nothing. (@david_h_roberts)
  3. People like the Natural Resource Defense Council’s economic analysis of what ACES would cost the American public. They break it down to  the cost of one pizza-a-month. (@suzistarshine)
  4. Twitter superstar and U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) doesn’t like ACES and thinks it should be implemented more gradually. Green Twitterati aren’t impressed. (@vote_green)
  5. My personal favorite: There are lots of ways to thank the congressmen who voted for ACES, like getting off the interstate and buying food and gas in their districts. (@JenRennicks)

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(image: Twitter fail whale, by libraryman. Used under a Creative Commons license.)

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