Tag: legislation

Punt Now, Pay Later: Why Congress Should Pass the Farm Bill Now

Written by | September 20th, 2012

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Reauthorization of the Farm Bill is critical to the health and well-being of our country’s lands and waters, farm families and our national economy.

Defending Conservation in the Federal Budget

Written by | July 19th, 2011

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Conservation in America is facing a major crisis which has forced the Conservancy to take unprecedented action. Bob Bendick explains what we’ve done and why.

Obama’s State of the Union: A Step Forward for Energy Policy?

Written by | January 26th, 2011

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The president laid out some ambitious energy goals that could provide jobs, cleaner air, energy security and a reduction in the rate of climate change. But can we get there?

Despite Setback, the Senate Should Press Forward to Pass Climate Bill this Year

Written by | July 26th, 2010

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The situation looks grim, but the Conservancy’s director of U.S. climate change policy Eric Haxthausen gives us 3 reasons why the Senate should still take action.

A Signal for Congress to Get Moving on Climate Change

Written by | December 11th, 2009

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Yesterday saw an important step in the U.S. Senate toward meaningful U.S. climate legislation – and one in Oslo to endorse the role of forests in fighting climate change. Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) held a press conference to discuss the legislative framework for climate change that they have […]

Traditional Conservation Methods for a New Threat

Written by | May 7th, 2009

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Continuing our series of blog posts on the Waxman-Markey climate change legislation debate, senior policy advisor Tom Cassidy explains the nuances of domestic adaptation funding in the proposed bill. One of the Conservancy’s principal climate policy objectives — besides the fundamental necessity of imposing sharp reductions on carbon emissions — is to create a dedicated […]

A Message from My Daughter: ‘It’s the People, Dad’

Written by | May 6th, 2009

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For the past month or so, my Nature Conservancy colleagues in U.S. government relations and I have been working hard on energy and climate legislation, as have a lot of other folks in the environmental community. As we work through the details of this process, I sometimes worry that we are not conveying a clear […]

Forest Carbon: No News is Good News

Written by | April 27th, 2009

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Continuing our coverage of the Waxman-Markey bill hearings on Capitol Hill, Jeff Fiedler, the Conservancy’s senior policy advisor for climate and forests, has the following to say about the debate – or lack thereof – over the proposed legislation’s forest carbon provisions: Like many climate junkies, I’ve been following this week’s hearings on the American […]

Can the Suits Save the World?

Written by | April 8th, 2009

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As anyone who follows The Nature Conservancy’s Twitter feed knows, I spent much of yesterday attending Carbon TradeEx in an event that can be best described as a carbon markets wonkfest. So what does such a meeting look like? Well, first of all everyone (except for yours truly) wears a suit — or at least […]

Environmental Protection Is Not a Luxury

Written by | March 23rd, 2009

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This morning I posted an entry to the National Journal Energy & Environment Expert blog. The topic was whether the United States can afford to spend money on environmental protection during a time of economic crisis. My answer is below: It is, of course, entirely understandable that in the midst of the worst economic crisis […]

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