Global Warming

Global Warming

There is now scientific consensus that global warming is a serious and ever worsening issue that demands serious attention. Indicators include the fact that 2010 tied with 2005 as the warmest year on record and, as of late January 2011, the warm temperatures in the northern Atlantic are unprecedented in recorded history. Cap-and-trade programs have proven successful where implemented, including in the European Union and the northeastern United States. The EPA also has the authority, under the Clean Air Act, to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Commentary

Why on Earth Do We Listen to Those Who Cry Wolf?

Why on Earth Do We Listen to Those Who Cry Wolf?

July 28, 2011

New Hampshire Governor Defends RGGI

July 07, 2011

CASE STUDY: Koch Front Groups Attack RGGI – the Northeast Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

April 13, 2011

Republicans Can't Name A Single "Job Killer" Regulation

January 25, 2011

Cry Wolf Quotes

No state or nation has enhanced economic opportunities [from cap-and-trade and] Europe's cap-and-trade system has been undermined by political favoritism and accounting tricks.

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From the preamble to a piece of failed New Hampshire legislation that would have removed the state from RGGI.

If our manufacturers leave, whether for North Carolina or China, and they take their greenhouse gases with them, we might not have solved the problem but exacerbated it instead.

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California Chamber of Commerce President Allan Zaremberg. Greenwire.

That's just an excuse to create a money-making cap-and-trade scheme that'll drive up electric rates.

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Narrator from one of Americans for Prosperity’s anti-RGGI ads.

This is the biggest conspiracy between the public sector, big banks and government that Americans have ever seen and you the ratepayers are going to pay the price…. This is not about a clean environment. This is not about green energy. This is about raising taxes on your energy and passing that energy rate tax onto you the ratepayer.

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Steve Lonegan, director of the New Jersey chapter of Americans for Prosperity

Evidence

Backgrounders & Briefs

Economic Effect of Cap-and-Trade on Europe is "Imperceptible"

European Emissions Trading Scheme is a succesful carbon cap-and-trade system that has had an "imperceptible” negative impact on the European economy.

Resources

Blue Green Alliance is an alliance of labor and environmental organizations.

Green for All is a leading environmental oranization focused on creating green jobs for low-income communities and people of color.

Department of Energy alum Joe Romm runs Climate Progress out of the Center For American Progress.