carbon

[OP-ED]: ¿Qué pasó realmente con el carbón?

 06/12/2017 - 08:50
Si las regulaciones del medio ambiente y el cambio climático no existieran, la industria del carbón habría recibido intensas presiones para cambiar y adaptarse. El gobierno no está matando la industria del carbón. “El progreso es el culpable,” concluye el estudio de Kolstad.
Spanish

Los puestos en las minas de carbón que, según el presidente Trump, fueron destruidos por las regulaciones del gobierno—adoptadas para combatir la contaminación y el calentamiento global—se perdieron, en realidad, debido a la tradicional competencia con otras empresas y trabajadores. Las minas de carbón del Este perdieron su porción del mercado porque el carbón del Oeste, que era más barato, se la llevó. Y el gas natural creció a expensas del carbón porque tenía costos bajos y emisiones de gases de invernadero más bajas.

Posted Date: 
Monday, June 12, 2017 - 8:45am
Main Section: 
Caption: 

Si las regulaciones del medio ambiente y el cambio climático no existieran, la industria del carbón habría recibido intensas presiones para cambiar y adaptarse. El gobierno no está matando la industria del carbón. “El progreso es el culpable,” concluye el estudio de Kolstad.

[OP-ED]: The messy reality of global warming

 06/07/2017 - 10:10
Based on present technology and knowledge, we don’t know how to solve global warming. There is no obvious way to eliminate our pervasive dependence on fossil fuels without plunging the world into a prolonged depression and inviting widespread civil strife. 
English

There was no need for President Trump to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement to achieve his goal of overturning the Obama administration’s global warming policy. This had already occurred through court rulings and executive orders, which effectively halted higher vehicle fuel economy standards (up to 54.5 miles per gallon) and ended the Clean Power Plan program, which pushed electric utilities to shift away from coal.

Posted Date: 
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 9:45am
Main Section: 
Caption: 

Based on present technology and knowledge, we don’t know how to solve global warming. There is no obvious way to eliminate our pervasive dependence on fossil fuels without plunging the world into a prolonged depression and inviting widespread civil strife. 

"Make Our Planet Great Again": world reacts to Trump pulling out of Paris Climate Deal

 06/02/2017 - 04:39
US President Donald J. Trump announces that the US is withdrawing from the Paris climate accord during a Rose Garden event at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 01 June 2017. EPA/SHAWN THEW

There has been widespread international condemnation after President Trump's announcement that the US is withdrawing from the 2015 Paris climate agreement. Mr Trump said the accord punished the US and would cost millions of American jobs.

English
Posted Date: 
Friday, June 2, 2017 - 4:15am
Main Section: 
Author: 
Tags: 
Caption: 

US President Donald J. Trump announces that the US is withdrawing from the Paris climate accord during a Rose Garden event at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 01 June 2017. EPA/SHAWN THEW

Head of European Council urges Trump not to threaten climate change deal

 06/01/2017 - 06:23
Donald Trump and Donald Tusk speaking at the G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy, on May 26, 2017. EPA/CIRO FUSCO

Donald Tusk has urged the United States president to not jeopardize climate change politics, ahead of a highly-anticipated announcement from the White House on the administration's stance on the Paris Accord to tackle global warming.

English
Posted Date: 
Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 6:15am
Main Section: 
Plain Text Author: 
EFE
Caption: 

Donald Trump and Donald Tusk speaking at the G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy, on May 26, 2017. EPA/CIRO FUSCO

Why EPA has dismissed half of its key board’s scientific advisers?

 05/10/2017 - 04:10
Scott Pruitt, the EPA administrator, has chosen not to renew the terms of nine of the 18-member board of scientific counselors, which advises the EPA on the quality and accuracy of the science it produces. Photo: Wikipedia
English

Nine scientists have been dismissed from the EPA’s 18-person Board of Scientific Counselors—ostensibly to include more voices from regulated industries, though the scientists say their work was apolitical and did not involve regulations. The US government has also postponed an important meeting scheduled for Tuesday to determine whether the country should or should not withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, a matter that President Donald Trump promised to decide this month.

Posted Date: 
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 3:30am
Main Section: 
Author: 
Caption: 

Scott Pruitt, the EPA administrator, has chosen not to renew the terms of nine of the 18-member board of scientific counselors, which advises the EPA on the quality and accuracy of the science it produces. Photo: Wikipedia

Trump moves to dismantle Obama's climate legacy with executive order

 03/28/2017 - 17:36
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order rolling back Obama-era rules aimed at curbing climate change. EFE/Ron Sachs / POOL

The president said this would put an end to the "war on coal" and "job-killing regulations".

English
Posted Date: 
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 5:15pm
Main Section: 
Author: 
Caption: 

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order rolling back Obama-era rules aimed at curbing climate change. EFE/Ron Sachs / POOL

[OP-ED]: The national slush fund

 03/27/2017 - 09:29
El presidente de EE.UU., Donald Trump (i), y la administradora de los Centros de los programas de seguros de salud Medicare y Medicaid, Seema Verma (d), durante un panel sobre el plan sanitario republicano en la Sala Roosevelt de la Casa Blanca en Washington, Estados Unidos,

There was bound to be a political commotion when the Trump administration released its 2018 budget.

English
Posted Date: 
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 8:30am
Main Section: 
Plain Text Author: 
Robert J. Samuelson
Tags: 
Caption: 

President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders on Wednesday redoubled their efforts to try and secure the necessary votes to pass their healthcare reform bill in the House of Representatives later this week.

[OP-ED]: Who’s afraid of the ‘administrative state’?

 03/07/2017 - 15:28
It’s time to make the administrative state a mainstream concept, through the creation of a regulatory budget. The point is not to justify the instant repeal of most rules, as Bannon’s critics fear, but to improve understanding and accountability.

Just what White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon meant when he recently suggested “deconstructing the administrative state” is unclear. To critics, he would gut the whole superstructure of social and environmental safeguards, starting with the Environmental Protection Agency (which, say news reports, may face a staff cut of one-fifth). But regardless of Bannon’s meaning, the relentless growth of the administrative state is a reality that we can’t escape.

English
Posted Date: 
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 2:59pm
Main Section: 
Plain Text Author: 
Robert J. Samuelson
Caption: 
It’s time to make the administrative state a mainstream concept, through the creation of a regulatory budget. The point is not to justify the instant repeal of most rules, as Bannon’s critics fear, but to improve understanding and accountability.

[OP-ED]: Two cheers for a carbon tax

 02/19/2017 - 20:55

Fossil fuels now supply four-fifths of the world’s energy, a share that has dropped only slightly since 1990. To stabilize CO2 concentrations, we must essentially stop burning fossil fuels. How is this to happen? Supporters of a carbon tax hope that the market mechanism -- higher prices for fossil fuels -- will unleash a torrent of innovation: safer nuclear, less costly solar, better batteries. This is a leap of faith. Higher prices do not guarantee technological breakthroughs.
 

By all means, let’s have a carbon tax. It’s the best way to deal with global climate change. It would require Republicans and Democrats to compromise -- a good thing -- and would provide revenues for a government that desperately needs more revenue. Fine. But let’s not pretend that a carbon tax is a panacea for either climate change or too much debt.

English
Posted Date: 
Monday, February 20, 2017 - 8:29am
Main Section: 
Plain Text Author: 
Robert J. Samuelson
Tags: 
Caption: 

Fossil fuels now supply four-fifths of the world’s energy, a share that has dropped only slightly since 1990. To stabilize CO2 concentrations, we must essentially stop burning fossil fuels. How is this to happen? Supporters of a carbon tax hope that the market mechanism -- higher prices for fossil fuels -- will unleash a torrent of innovation: safer nuclear, less costly solar, better batteries. This is a leap of faith. Higher prices do not guarantee technological breakthroughs.

 

The New Heads of the “White” House

 01/17/2017 - 16:08
The New Heads of the “White” House

With wavering positions on a variety of topics, Trump's cabinet nominees may be the clearest picture we get of what a Trump presidency may look like. Largely rich, white, and male with no Latino in sight, the white house will certainly uphold the title.

English
Posted Date: 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 2:45pm
Main Section: 
Plain Text Author: 
Jamila Johnson y Peter Fitzpatrick
Tags: 
Caption: 

Trump in the White House.