Opinion and Comments posts for November 2010

  • After the Republicans gained control of the House of Representatives in the mid-term elections, Republican strategist Karl Rove told a crowd of oil producers that “climate is gone.” The Chicago Tribune reported that Republican leaders plan to investigate the Environmental Protection Agency in a bid to block any regulation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. That's to be expected. The Republicans insist that any efforts to reduce GHG emissions would be bad for the economy. What they really mean...
  • Even when Democrats controlled the House, Senate, and White House, serious legislative efforts to address climate change and reduce GHG emissions could not be enacted. Now that Republican election victories have given that party a majority in the House of Representatives, environmental concerns will be tabled for at least two years. The GOP majority in the House might even block new funding the Obama Administration has initiated for transportation projects and regional planning to...
  • In a test case that will reverberate nationwide, California voters are about to decide whether the oil industry has the power to block reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from private vehicles. The oil industry is the primary supporter of Proposition 23, which would suspend implementation of Assembly Bill 32, which sets GHG emission reduction targets.  If big oil succeeds, this success would also seriously undermine implementation of Senate Bill 375, which addresses the...