On Reading the News

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Starting in eighth grade, back in Paleolithic times when I was a student, we were taught to read newspapers analytically — to ask questions about what the words said, not just swallow them whole. I don’t see much evidence that skill is being taught today — nor in the past 40 [...]

Not Dead Yet: More Options for Cap and Trade

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Previously on “Climate Change”: When Democrats said they might try legislating to restrict greenhouse gas emissions that are causing the climate to change in a not-good way, Senate Republicans threatened to haul off and give them a dirty look. Afraid of being embarrassed by showing how the Republicans care more about [...]

UPDATE: Free Call to Senators to Save Climate Change Legislation

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson UPDATE is below. If you just got here and haven’t read my post about the Senate’s murder of climate change legislation, I wish you’d do it now, and then come back here. Repower America will pay for a  free phone call to the office of one  your Senators. Get a pencil [...]

A Free Pass for Senate Republicans

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. –William Butler Yeats, “The Second Coming” With the help of Democrats in the White House and the Senate “leadership,” Republicans have killed hope for legislation on climate change, or even meaningful energy efficiency, for this year and probably [...]

Senate Energy Legislation Showdown Next Week

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid plans to bring some kind of energy bill to the floor during the week of July 26. Just what it will contain is still open for conjecture. But it’s a sure bet it will be less than environmental activists want, and more that industrial activists will [...]

Menu Choices for Climate Change Legislation

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I probably shouldn’t be reading Bill McKibben’s new book, Eaarth, while I work on an overview essay on climate and energy-related legislation pending in the U.S. Senate. McKibben, you know, is the founder of 350.org, the organization that tells us that the upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, if [...]

Dick Lugar’s Practical Plan

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson On June 9, the day before the Murkowski Dirty Air resolution was defeated, Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN) filed what he calls a “possible bipartisan framework” for energy legislation. It’s an open question how bipartisan this framework will be. At this writing Lugar’s Practical Energy and Climate Plan, S. 3464, has two [...]

The Crisis is Now

By Daphne Bishop The people at RuralVotes work for progress. We strive to create a better future for our communities and are actively engaged in the world around us. We write about seemingly intractable problems and highlight people who are finding innovative solutions. Sometimes, we discover that our words and our efforts join a larger [...]

UPDATE: Senate Votes Thursday on Murkowski’s Dirty Air Act

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson At 3:52 pm ET Thursday, the Senate rejected Lisa Murkowski’s bid to reject the science that says fossil fuels contribute to greenhouse gases and global warming, harming the public health and well being, thus gutting the EPA and the Clean Air Act. The vote that killed SJR 26– technically on the [...]

Climate Change Legislation Getting Warmer – Updated

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson [Updates, upon further consideration, are in italics.] Last month I wrote about the Kerry-Lieberman proposed American Power Act, and the reason it is not Kerry-Graham-Lieberman as originally intended. I wrote with little enthusiasm for the KL proposal – it’s not a bill yet, it’s just a set of suggestions. Lindsey Graham’s [...]