June 11, 2009 E-newsletter
|U.S. Federal|ACES ActCongressional Testimony
On May 21, 2009, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee approved landmark climate and energy legislation. The American Clean Energy and Security Act calls for an economy-wide greenhouse gas cap-and-trade system and key complementary measures. The full House is expected to vote on the bill this summer.
Elliot Diringer testified on international aspects of the ACES Act before the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
|Science Explaining Black Carbon |
|Markets & Business|
RECs v. Offsets
A new brief by the Offset Quality Initiative explains how and why renewable energy certificates differ from GHG offsets.
Climate for Change
A compilation of resources illustrates the EU's greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts.
A new Pew Center report finds energy-intensive manufacturers are likely to face only modest competitiveness impacts under a U.S. greenhouse gas cap-and-trade program. Pew Center experts discussed the report in a teleconference on May 6, 2009.
|State News |
On June 8, 2009, members of the Midwestern Greenhouse Gas Reduction Accord released their Advisory Group's draft final recommendations for a regional cap-and-trade program. The program would cap emissions for six U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba. Read Pew's statement. New Fuel Standards
On May 19, 2009 President Obama announced new federal fuel economy standards. By 2016, the federal standard will achieve the same fuel economy improvement as the California standard for vehicle GHG emissions would have if it were applied nationwide - 35.5mpg.
|Pew Perspectives |Straight Talk on Climate Costs
Eileen Claussen offers a frank assessment of climate policy's costs and benefits in an E&E TV interview.
Why cap and trade?
Environmental integrity and cost-effectiveness are two critical advantages that make cap and trade the right policy mechanism, argues Eileen Claussen in Yale Environment 360.
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