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Extreme Heat and Cold

States Tackle Climate Change

Recognizing Industry Leaders

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Center for Climate and Energy SolutionsVisit our facebook pageFollow us on TwitterConnect with us on LinkedIn Power Plant Rules
The Environmental Protection Agency proposed new standards this week to limit greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants. The proposal is a good step but EPA must also move forward with standards for existing power plants, which generate 40 percent of U.S. CO2 emissions, says Eileen Claussen. Learn more about the proposed rule.

Hitching a Ride
With the transportation sector accounting for more than 25 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, ridesharing offers a way to reduce emissions and energy consumption. A new brief examines the role and potential of ridesharing and provides suggestions for federal, state, and local support. See more publications

Electric Vehicles - Plugging into the Grid
The Plug-in Electric Vehicle Dialogue convened by C2ES brings together automakers, electric utilities, environmentalists, and others to accelerate the adoption of PEVs nationwide. Mike Robinson of General Motors, Ed Kjaer of Southern California Edison, Orjiakor Isiogu of the state of Michigan, and Roland Hwang of NRDC joined Judi Greenwald of C2ES for the release the group’s Action Plan to Integrate Plug-in Electric Vehicles with the U.S. Electrical Grid. Listen to PEV Dialogue members discuss this roadmap for ensuring that PEV owners can conveniently plug in without overtaxing the grid.

US Capitol More U.S. Oil, Less CO2
A proposal to boost domestic oil production while cutting CO2 emissions from power plants and industry received a bipartisan welcome in Congress. The recommendations come from the National Enhanced Oil Recovery Initiative, a group of industry, state, environmental and labor leaders convened by C2ES and the Great Plains Institute. Learn more>

A Clean Energy Standard?
A growing portion of U.S. electricity would come from “clean energy” sources under legislation proposed by Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). Similar laws in 31 states show that a clean energy standard can curb pollution, diversify energy supplies, build homegrown industries, and sharpen America’s competitive edge, says Eileen Claussen. See how the Bingaman bill compares to similar proposals, and download a podcast on the basics of a clean energy standard.

More U.S. Policy News

Running Hot and Cold
This winter was the 4th warmest in the contiguous U.S., and an unprecedented March heat wave broke all sorts of records. Meanwhile, Europe endured its most frigid cold snap in decades. New research shows how global warming can account for both unusually hot and unusually cold weather, as melting sea ice in the Arctic throws the trans-Atlantic jet stream off kilter, writes Dan Huber.

IPCC Releases Full Report on Extreme Weather
This week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a special report documenting the scientific evidence that extreme weather events are on the rise. Jay Gulledge summarizes the report's key findings and the social risk factors associated with an increase in extreme events. Read more>

More Science & Impacts News

Schools Meet the Challenge
More than 9,000 participants committed to take actions that would save energy and cut over 20 million pounds of CO2 emissions as part of the Make an Impact Schools' Challenge, a month-long educational energy conservation competition. The Gilbert School in Winsted, CT, was named the grand prize winner for engaging the most students and community members. Read more>

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New Multi-State Climate Initiative
C2ES is among the expert advisers to North America 2050, a newly launched group of U.S. states and Canadian provinces working to reduce greenhouse gases while creating new economic opportunities. Learn more about NA2050, the successor to the 3-Regions Initiative, and other state and regional climate initiatives.

More U.S. States & Regions News

Leading By Example
Join us in congratulating the inaugural winners of the annual Climate Leadership Awards co-sponsored by U.S. EPA, C2ES, the Association of Climate Change Officers, and The Climate Registry. The awards, recognizing corporate, organizational, and individual leadership on climate change, were presented at the Climate Leadership Conference in Fort Lauderdale, where speakers included White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, EPA Assistant Administrator Gina McCarthy, and California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols. Read more>

Carbon Forum North America 2012
C2ES is pleased to be serving as program sponsor of IETA's Carbon Forum North America 2012, a major conference October 1-2 in Washington, D.C. The conference will provide an in-depth look at the latest in the North American climate and energy space – from the first California GHG auction to new actions by EPA and a fresh round of international climate talks. Learn more>

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