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Climate Superpowers Setting Carbon Price: That’s A Game Changer

Nearly everyone agrees that the U.S.-China climate announcement is a big deal, but most observers have overlooked what truly makes it a game-changer: if the world’s two climate change superpowers limit their greenhouse gas emissions, it will have the economic effect of putting a de facto price on carbon. The resulting increase in the market price of oil, coal, natural gas, and other carbon-based fuels really could change everything. But this will only happen if the two superpowers make good on their promises: if the U.S. refrains from pursuing such carbon-intensive projects as the Keystone XL oil pipeline and China indeed peaks its coal consumption by 2020, as the energy plan released by the State Council on November 19 forecast. It’s Economics 101: limit the supply of a… Read more

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Exxon Expects Carbon Price, Invests Accordingly

ExxonMobil has been the chief corporate funder of climate denial, but internally it assumes that a rising price on carbon emissions is inevitable, partly because of public pressure such as the huge September climate march in New York. The oil and gas giant tests all of its long-term investment decisions against a carbon price of $60/ton by 2030 in OECD countries. Scores of other companies do likewise. The global economy is moving; when will Congress? Read more at… Read more

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GOP Still Lacks Votes to Gut US Climate Agenda

The top priority of the new Republican majorities in Congress is to overturn president Obama’s climate policies. But they didn’t gain quite enough seats in the 2014 elections to succeed, provided that Democrats stay united and fight back, Obama is not shy about using his veto pen and the public keeps the pressure on. Read more at… Read more

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Bill Moyers on the Two Party System

No one says it better than Moyers; in this Q&A with viewers, see in particular his answer to the endless question on the Left: Is it time for a third party? Ain’t gonna happen, says Bill, so best to focus your energies elsewhere. Democrats and Republicans control the rules for running politics and so can make sure no third party can compete. The only solution, he adds, is to build a powerful grassroots movement, like what is beginning to emerge on climate change, to challenge ALL politicians, especially at the local level, to put the people’s interests before those of big money. Read the full Q&A here:… Read more

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The Pentagon Takes on Climate Deniers

The US military has long worried about climate change but kept relatively quiet, in part because its budget is set by a Congress where climate denial remains a Republican litmus test. Defense Secretary Hagel’s announcement that climate change poses “immediate” risks to national security indicates the Pentagon has decided to wait no longer. Read the backstory to this potentially game-changing development in my Businessweek article:… Read more

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NYC Climate March = People’s Movement?

The People’s Climate March that thronged the streets of New York on September 21 was important not only for its immense size but also its impressive diversity–of race, age and class. At last, the climate movement appears to be organizing itself into the kind of people’s movement that can build, and wield, political power. See my eyewitness report in The Nation:… Read more

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Called "one of America’s finest reporters" by Barbara Ehrenreich, Mark Hertsgaard is the author of six books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Earth Odyssey and On Bended Knee. He has covered climate change, politics and the media for leading media outlets around the world, including Vanity Fair, The Nation, Time, The New Yorker, NPR, L’espresso, Die Zeit and Le Monde Diplomatique.

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