E2 Round-up: Report takes dim view of Energy Star oversight, where is the GOP on global warming, and the 'other' climate bill

Auditors also found problems beyond the approval of nonexistent products, according to the NYT. Once a company registered as an EnergyStar partner, it could download the logo from the government’s Web site and paste it on products for which it had not even requested approval, the paper reports.

National Public Radio wonders whatever happened to Republican support for climate change legislation? The report suggests a shift in stance from prominent party figures like Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, Florida gubernatorial candidate Marco Rubio, and former vice presidential candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, who has always expressed doubt about the cause but once said her state should start preparing for its effects.

Waning support for a cap on carbon emissions on the part of Republican politicians reflects the deep partisan divide on the issue among voters, according to NPR.

"The public in general is growing more skeptical about climate change, but a recent Gallup poll showed that more than twice as many Republicans as Democrats say the seriousness of global warming is ‘greatly exaggerated’,” NPR reports. 

The presidential commission to study what to do with nuclear waste met for the first time yesterday. Its leaders said the panel may finish work before its two-year deadline.

Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the panel’s job was not to pick sites for storage. Nevertheless, the panel is studying one of the bigger issues in energy policy debates.

“At stake is the viability of the nuclear industry, which says the uncertainty in the market could delay planned expansion of nuclear power, an energy source the Obama administration is encouraging,” the WSJ reports.

Mother Jones looks at “the other climate bill.” As the Senate trio of Kerry, Graham and Lieberman try to write compromise climate measure, Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Susan Collins (R-Maine) say they’ve already written legislation that fits the bill. No one seems to be paying much attention, though.

The Cantwell and Collins bill would use a cap-and-dividend approach to auction off pollution permits to oil refiners and coal producers, returning most of the proceeds to electric ratepayers without the complexity of a large “cap-and-trade” market, proponents say.

“But the Cantwell-Collins proposal has yet to muster much visible support in the Senate. Supporters say that's only because the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman collaboration has sucked all the air out of the room, and because the Democratic leadership in the Senate is backing that effort,” Mother Jones reports.

Still, the views of Cantwell and Collins will one day have to be considered. Mother Jones: “If a climate bill is to pass the Senate, it will need all five senators who are currently spearheading efforts to cut greenhouse gas emissions."

The WSJ wonders whether climate change can be funny.

It's asking because the author of "Atonement" has written a comic novel about climate change called "Solar." The novel “centers on a portly, self-centered Nobel laureate in physics who tries to revive his stagnant career by inventing a new form of sustainable energy,” according to the WSJ.

The paper interviews author Ian McEwan about why he chose climate change as a subject and how he goes about the writing process.

“McEwan says he's wanted to address climate change in a novel since the late-1990s, but it was a 2005 trip to the Arctic, where he hiked along frozen fjords in temperatures of 30 below, that sparked the idea for ‘Solar,’” the WSJ reports.