Five Things I Learned About ACES in Five Minutes on Twitter

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Published on July 16th, 2009  |  Discuss This Article  

Seriously, this is going to be a regular thing. Why? Because we love twitter.

  1. Think ACES is going to be the end of coal as we know it? Think again. SolveClimate reports that 43 old fashioned coal-fired power plants that are either already under construction or into the permitting process will come online without the performance standards written into the bill. (@SharonHayes)
  2. The American Farm Bureau does not like international offsets and says they represent a “transfer of wealth” out of the country. In fact, International offsets are a way for U.S. companies to secure offsets at a lower price. They’re also great for avoiding deforestation in developing countries and getting them involved in global climate negotiations. (@kate_sheppard)
  3. Whenever a bunch of Novel Laureates get together, they get a lot of attention. Today, 34 of these super smarties are calling on Congress to include the president’s proposed $150 billion Clean Energy Technology Fund in ACES. Currently the bill only includes one fifteenth of that amount. (@dgerber2777)
  4. Blueprints are long and exhaustive documents. But they’re also pretty interesting. Union of Concerned Scientists has a new blueprint out on creating a clean energy economy that they say will create $1.7 trillion in net cumulative savings between 2010 and 2030. (@kycarrie)
  5. In many ways the race to address global climate change is also a race to corner the market in the next phase of the global economy. The Washington Post thinks the United States could lose this race to “clean-tech tigers” India, South Korea, China and Japan which are pouring money into green energy development. (@JesseJenkins)
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