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Alden Meyer

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About the author: Alden Meyer has more than 30 years of experience on energy and climate policy. He is internationally recognized expert on U.S. and international climate policy. He also works extensively on renewable energy and electricity policy at the federal and state level. See Alden's full bio.

Who’s the Crazy One Here?

The Heartland Institute, a leading climate denialist organization, has launched a billboard campaign in its hometown of Chicago  featuring Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, mass murderer Charles Manson, and Cuban dictator Fidel Castro. The message? They “believe” in global warming, and they’re crazy; by implication, so are you if you “believe” in it too. Read More

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Mexico Shows the Way on Climate Change

I was pleased to see that late last week, the Mexican Senate unanimously passed domestic climate legislation that sets a target of cutting Mexico’s carbon emissions by 30 percent below business-as-usual levels by 2030, and 50 percent by 2050. The law, passed earlier in the House by a vote of 280 to 10, now goes to President Calderón for his signature. Read More

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Todd Stern’s Not-So-Excellent Day in Durban

US Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern has a tough job.

He has to represent a country whose politics are dysfunctional and one of whose major parties is in a state of extreme denial about the scientific reality and urgency of climate change. Having failed to win Senate passage of a comprehensive climate bill last year, the Obama administration he represents must use its executive authority to try to meet the president’s commitment to reduce U.S. emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping gases some 17 percent below 2005 by 2020 levels Read More

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The Durban Climate Summit and the Future of Kyoto

I’ve just returned from a week of climate negotiations in Panama, the last session before the climate summit in Durban, South Africa, that starts the Monday after Thanksgiving.

While progress was made in Panama on some issues, there is no consensus on the big political issues: the future of the Kyoto Protocol, the related issue of creation of a more comprehensive long-term international climate treaty regime, and how to ramp up financing for developing country actions to deploy clean technology, preserve tropical forests, and adapt to the mounting impacts of climate change. Read More

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Republican Party’s Moment of Truth on Science

After Wednesday night’s Republican presidential candidates’ debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, the issue of where the party stands on the issue of respect for science and taking a fact-based approach to public policy-making is squarely on the table. Read More

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