Tag: senate

Climate Change & National Security: The U.S. Military Gets It

Written by | July 28th, 2009

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee recently held a hearing on climate and energy legislation focusing on an aspect of global warming that so far has received surprisingly little public attention: national security. While most people associate global warming with droughts, rising sea levels, declining food production, species extinction and habitat destruction, fewer connect these impacts […]

Connecting the Dots of Climate Change

Written by | July 21st, 2009

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Here in Washington, where I work on environmental policy for The Nature Conservancy, politics often passes for actual information about the outside world. Blogs, e-newsletters, and print dailies present a continuing stream of commentary on political alignment and conflict over issues. The energy and climate change legislation now being taken up by the U.S. Senate […]

Five Things I Learned About ACES in Five Minutes on Twitter

Written by | July 20th, 2009

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One small step for man edition: It’s not called ACES in the Senate, it’s called ACELA. Which is weird because I thought that name was already taken. (@ACELAclimateBil) FiveThirtyEight genius Nate Silver thinks he can make some money from this whole climate change thing and has put out an open call to climate change skeptics […]

Five Things I Learned About ACES in Five Minutes on Twitter

Written by | July 13th, 2009

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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 www.twitter.com/nature_org to follow our tweet goodness.) One of the topics I follow daily on […]

Climate Change Negotiations: What’s Next?

Written by | July 10th, 2009

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With the G8 wrapping up climate change talks in Rome and failing to reach agreement with developing nations on near-term targets for emissions reductions, I talked to Duncan Marsh, the Conservancy’s director of international climate policy, about the agreements G8 nations were able to reach and what the meeting means for the future of international […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cap and Trade: ‘This Issue Cannot Wait’

Written by | February 25th, 2009

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Last night President Obama called on Congress to send him legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon pollution — identifying the development of clean energy solutions as one of the three areas critical to our nation’s future. Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, has this response: “President Obama’s speech last night […]

Unprecedented Investment in Restoring Our Battered Environment

Written by | February 14th, 2009

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On Friday, Congress approved a $787 billion Economic Stimulus Bill that will now be signed into law by President Obama. While the analysts are busy debating the politics of the bill and its likely impact on America’s battered economy, there is one aspect of this legislation that, thankfully, seems quite certain — it will provide […]

Economic Stimulus: Why Do Our Coasts Come Last?

Written by | February 6th, 2009

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This week, The Nature Conservancy’s Marine Team has been meeting here in Virginia. When the meeting began a couple of days ago, there was a real sense of optimism among the participants  that the U.S. had turned the corner on recognizing the immense value of coastal wetlands. The U.S. House had included $400 million for coastal […]

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