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Get Active, Join CCL: NYTimes Article on CCL (Citizen’s Climate Lobby)

Excerpt from NY Times May 29,2013: Lobbying for the Greater Good: Earlier this month, scientists reported that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had reached 400 parts per million. It’s an alarming milestone, to be sure, but, alas, there is no shortage of dire warnings about global warming. What is lacking is the […]

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US Dept of Energy gives up fight for energy efficient furnace standards

The US Dept of Energy (DOE) announced in April it will not enforce its rule requiring the most common type of residential gas furnaces to adhere to a minimum 90 AFUE (high efficiency) standard beginning May 1, 2013. The American Public Gas Association (APGA) filed a lawsuit against DOE regarding this high efficiency standard for […]

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US refuses to help Ecuador save rainforest from oil drilling

The Ecuadorian government has a unique proposal, being considered by other developing countries with petroleum reserves.  They ask for financial help that would partially compensate them for the lost income of NOT drilling for oil.  They’re asking for 50% of the  estimated $7.6 billion in oil revenues they would gain from oil drilling. They have […]

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“The carbon tax is one of the best ideas in Washington almost no one in Congress will talk about”– Washington Post Editorial

Excerpts from the Washington Post’s “Opinion” by Editorial Board, May 7, on the elegance and efficiency of a carbon tax: No honest tax reform paper, for example, would be complete without discussion of a carbon tax, an elegant policy Congress could immediately take off the shelf. It would make polluters pay for their own pollution, […]

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Some Conservatives and Climate Scientists Find Common Ground in Carbon Tax

There are small but notable steps in support of a carbon tax by several conservative politicians and economists.  Most recently Schultz and Becker wrote an article in the Wall Street Journal about this.  In 2011, Republican Congressman Bob Inglis wrote for Bloomberg that “some of us” support taxing carbon dioxide emissions. This is catching the […]

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Sustainable Energy Act and Climate Protection Act — Sanders-Boxer legislation

  Carbon Tax Center: One day after 48 climate protesters were arrested at the White House and three days before what is billed as “the largest climate rally in history,” Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA) set a new “gold standard” for transparent, effective climate legislation. Their Climate Protection Act (“CPA”) would impose […]

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Protect Illinois’ Energy Efficiency Building Code — Kill HB1331

There’s a new bill in the Illinois House of Reps, HB1331, which would effectively squash the automatic update to the Illinois Energy Conservation  Code (IECC) and may roll it back. This energy efficiency building code is critical to bring mainstream construction into the 21st century.  Click to join the Illinois Environmental Council in fighting this […]

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10 Days to tell the State Department #NoKXL (No Keystone XL Pipeline)

From Oil Change International: Keystone XL proponents are lying in order to push the State Department to approve this pipeline.  They say Keystone would help us achieve energy independence but the oil will be shipped overseas. A few weeks back we had a look at the refineries that would receive the oil flowing through the […]

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Imagine $6 trillion spent on energy efficiency and renewables over 50 years instead of the Iraq War

  Mother Jones reports on new estimates of the true 50 year cost of the invasion of Iraq.  The estimated $6 trillion cost is 100 times greater than the “50 to 60 billion” initial estimates by the Bush Administration. Many believe a motive for this invasion was for control of oil production. If that’s so,  […]

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A Letter to Senator Mark Kirk: We need a Carbon Tax

Thanks to fellow Oak Parker, Doug Burke for a thoughtful letter to Illinois Senator, Mark Kirk (R), found in the Chicago Sun-Times print version, April 4. “I am very pleased to see Sen. Mark Kirk’s statement in favor of gay marriage. Both his own statement, and the coverage in the Sun-Times suggest that he was […]

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