April 16, 2009 Newsletter

 
 
 
April 16, 2009 
 
 
 
Waxman-Markey Discussion Draft

On March 31, 2009, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman and Energy and Environment Subcommittee Chairman Edward Markey released a discussion draft of climate and energy legislation.  
 
The proposal calls for an economy-wide cap-and-trade system and critical complementary measures.  The draft bill includes aggressive emission reduction targets as well as measures that will protect U.S. consumers and workers, and deploy low- and zero-emitting technologies. 


Analysis of the Discussion Draft
International
International Measurement, Reporting, & Verification

A report released at a side event in Bonn outlines MRV options in a post-2012 climate agreement. 
 
Events
The Pew Center hosted A Forum on International Climate Action with government officials of China, the EU, Japan, and Mexico on March 16, 2009.
On March 17, 2009, officials of the Czech Republic, the EU, and Sweden discussed policies and offered insights at A Ministerial Briefing on European Climate Action. Read an analysis of the EU ETS.
 
State News

State Action MapWyoming & CCS  On February 26 and 27, 2009, Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal signed three bills to address ownership and liability issues related to geological storage of carbon dioxide.
 
Low Carbon Fuel Standard 
On March 5, 2009, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released proposed regulations for a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which would require transportation fuel providers to lower the life-cycle carbon intensity of their fuels over the next decade.  
 
On February 26 and 27, 2009, Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal signed three bills to address ownership and liability issues related to geological storage of carbon dioxide.
 
Low Carbon Fuel Standard 
On March 5, 2009, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released proposed regulations for a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which would require transportation fuel providers to lower the life-cycle carbon intensity of their fuels over the next decade.  
 
On February 26 and 27, 2009, Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal signed three bills to address ownership and liability issues related to geological storage of carbon dioxide.
 
Low Carbon Fuel Standard 
On March 5, 2009, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) released proposed regulations for a Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS), which would require transportation fuel providers to lower the life-cycle carbon intensity of their fuels over the next decade.  
 
Pew Perspectives

Policy Op-Ed
Eileen Claussen and Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers recommend using free emission allowances in the early years of a cap-and-trade program to reduce price impacts on households and businesses. 

U.S.-China Partnership
This op-ed discusses the importance of a U.S.-China partnership on energy and climate change and outlines top priorities for such a collaboration.
 
Statements
Eileen Claussen reacts to President Obama's support for cap and trade and to the EPA's proposed federal GHG registry

More of Pew in the media
U.S. FederalFederal
Competitiveness Testimony
In testimony before the House Energy and Environment Subcommittee, Eileen Claussen discussed competitiveness concerns and climate change policy.  
 
Cap-and-Trade Briefings 
On March 6, 2009, presentations on domestic offsets launched a new series of Congressional briefings.  On March 27, the second briefing discussed allowance allocation

Cap v. Tax
A brief policy memo explores the similarities and differences between cap and trade and a carbon tax.  
Science & Economics

IPCC 'Burning Embers' DiagramBenefits Workshop
On March 16 and 17, 2009, an expert workshop assessed the economic benefits of avoided climate change.  
 
IPCC Update
A recent peer-reviewed paper provides revised sensitivities of the IPCC Reasons for Concern (RFCs).  
 
Green Jobs
A summary of four studies analyzes the potential employment growth in "green jobs."

More science and economics analysis
Communicating Climate Change
 
Effective Communication 
Communicating effectively on an issue as complex and politically polarizing as climate change can be a challenge. In an effort to help others more fully appreciate the challenges inherent in good climate communications, the Pew Center has created a collection of useful resources and information. 
 
 
Effective Communication 
Communicating effectively on an issue as complex and politically polarizing as climate change can be a challenge. In an effort to help others more fully appreciate the challenges inherent in good climate communications, the Pew Center has created a collection of useful resources and information. 
 
 
Effective Communication 
Communicating effectively on an issue as complex and politically polarizing as climate change can be a challenge. In an effort to help others more fully appreciate the challenges inherent in good climate communications, the Pew Center has created a collection of useful resources and information. 
 
Celebrating Ten Years

Pew Marks Anniversary
in Special Issue
of Scientific American

Key climate-related topics are addressed in the latest special issue of Scientific American Earth 3.0, where you will also find a Pew Center ad celebrating our 10-year anniversary.
Donating to the Pew Center

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