Tag: cap and trade

What’s the difference between a carbon tax and “cap-and-trade” system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions?

Most of us can agree that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a must given the rapid warming of the planet; just how to do it best is another question entirely.


Compromise: A dirty word with the modern Republican Party

Never has “compromise” been treated as such a dirty word as by today’s Republican Party. Never has a party been less interested in working together to do the people’s business.


Earth Talk: Cap and trade strategies to reduce carbon emissions

Cap and trade, whereby big polluters must pay to emit greenhouse gases against a capped total amount that is reduced over time—has been in effect across the European Union (EU) since 2005. This so-called Emissions Trading System (ETS) requires 11,000 of the largest electric and industrial facilities in 28 European countries to participate.


What is ‘the right direction’?

  Column by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net My first reaction to the news that Republican Scott Brown had upset Democrat Martha Coakley in the special election to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s Massachusetts Senate seat – Damn, there goes the country. The pundits were laying out the course for the next few months in the political […]


Focus | Perriello: Baptism by fire

  Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net With AFP Audio Tom Perriello picked a great time to be a freshman congressman, what with the country in January on the verge of the next Great Depression and with so much unresolved in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the push from the electorate in the ’08 […]


Global warming – or just hot air?

  Column by Edward R. Long, Ph.D. Columns, letters: freepress2@ntelos.net On Nov. 19 a message was provided on the World Wide Web that 168 megabites of e-mail correspondence, computer code, and documents from the computers of the University of East Anglia’s Climate Research Unit (UEA’s CRU) were being released. The initial take was this had […]


Focus | Perriello ’10: A safe bet? Hardly

Story by Chris Graham We’re about a year away from the November 2010 elections, though you wouldn’t know that by watching local TV and seeing the wall-to-wall commercials telling you about what Fifth District Congressman Tom Perriello has been doing up in Washington. First it was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce with an ad in […]


Deeds TV ad calls on McDonnell to ‘knock off the lies’

Today the Deeds campaign released a new ad calling on Bob McDonnell to “knock off the lies.” The ad, “Hurt,” features workers telling Bob McDonnell to stop the lies about Deeds’ position on cap-and-trade, because they know they can trust Deeds’ to fight to protect their jobs. The ad responds to Bob McDonnell’s false claims […]


David Reynolds | Dear Mr. President

Welcome back to work. I’ve heard from Martha. She says that life is much quieter on her vineyard since you left. I have also heard that you have a big speech tonight. More about that later. But first, I wish to thank you for your big accomplishments so far during your first term. Which, of […]


David Reynolds | August

Oh, what a miserable month! Even in paradise. There is little good we can say when we think of August. It is a month that is too darn hot and 31 days too long. It has only one purpose – a better appreciation of September which is now upon us.


The stakes on clean-energy legislation

A study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy puts the lie to the wild predictions from partisans that the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy and Security Act will end up costing you hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year in extra energy costs.  “This revised analysis directly underscores the important contribution energy efficiency […]


A clear direction on energy

We may not yet have a firm grasp on exactly what we need to do to merge the words clean and energy in perfect harmony, even with the 219-212 vote of the House of Representatives on cap-and-trade legislation last week. But we do at least have direction, and considering how much muck was thrown into […]


Half-Truths and No-Truths

– The green legislation that won’t cost you $3,100 a year – The automatic pay raise that Mark Warner didn’t vote for


The Top Story: Obama and coal

The Top Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net A funny thing happened on the way to me writing the story about how out of touch Barack Obama is on the Southwest Virginia coal industry. Turns out that he’s not. “The truth is that if Sen. Obama has his way, and we impose these massive new taxes […]


Cap-and-Trade: The debate matters

Op-Ed by Al Weed Opinions Wanted! Click here to learn more The Senate debate on the Lieberman-Warner bill to reduce carbon emissions was the first serious national recognition of the challenge of climate change. Al Gore’s Nobel Prize notwithstanding, until an effort to change our energy culture through public policy is made, the U.S. is […]