Energy & Environment (September 2010)

40 years of overcoming the naysayers

This month, we’re celebrating 40 years of healthier communities, a stronger economy and bipartisan partnerships under the Clean Air Act.

Running out of time on EPA

Before Congress recessed a few weeks ago, the Senate experienced an Alice in Wonderland-like spectacle: Those who most vehemently opposed Congress addressing climate change pushed to prevent the EPA from addressing climate change because, they argued, Congress should address climate change. Truly an “only in Washington” moment — but if you missed this spectacle the first time around, don’t worry, because it appears there might be a repeat performance this fall.

EPA rules threaten the economy

On Labor Day in Milwaukee, President Obama vowed to “keep fighting every single day, every single hour, every single minute, to turn this economy around and put people back to work and renew the American Dream.” Stirring rhetoric, no doubt; but to the employees at Thilmany Papers, a company that employs 850 people in two specialty paper mills in Wisconsin, it means little.

The clean-water, clean-energy link

In the ongoing debate over America’s energy future, much of the focus has been on the need for a new approach that will better meet our national-security requirements, boost our economy and protect our environment. All of these are valid and compelling reasons to chart a new energy future. 

Top 10 reasons nuclear power will be the key to America's energy future

The prevailing “wisdom” on America’s energy future is leading us down the wrong path. Renewable electricity sounds good, but with current technology, it means higher energy prices and less-reliable electricity. America invented the best answer to our energy needs: nuclear power. Here are ten reasons why nuclear is the key to America’s clean, reliable, low-cost energy future:

Save coal - delay EPA action

As a result of the 2007 U.S. Supreme Court decision that greenhouse gases are pollutants, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is now effectively compelled to regulate greenhouse gases under the existing Clean Air Act. That law is not well suited for such action because it disables EPA from taking into account the unique needs of the coal industry and entities such as electric utilities and manufacturers that rely on coal.

A new start on energy

If Republicans retake the House in November, Texas Congressman Joe Barton would like his old job back as Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee.  He spoke to The Hill’s comment editor, Emmanuel Touhey, recently about where he thinks Democrats went wrong and what he would do differently if he becomes chairman in the 112th Congress.

A climate change consensus

In the wake of the Senate’s failure to pass an energy bill this summer, Energy Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) spoke to The Hill’s comment editor, Emmanuel Touhey, about the need to curb greenhouse-gas emissions and about how to avoid a repeat of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Clean energy all-stars

With control of the House hanging in the balance this November, four congressional aides could largely blaze the path forward on energy issues in the next Congress.