November 25, 2009 |
President Obama will attend the international climate negotiations in Copenhagen next month, according to a senior administration official, a sign of the president's increasing confidence that the talks will yield a meaningful agreement to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The White House also will announce today that the United States will commit, in the talks, to reduce its emissions of the heat-trapping gases scientists blame for global warming "in the range of" 17% below 2005 levels by 2020, the official said.
October 3, 2009 |
When Greg Nickels became Seattle's mayor in 2002, global warming was hardly at the top of the municipal agenda. New York's World Trade Center had been attacked, and officials had to figure out how to protect their own city from terrorism. Boeing was laying off 30,000 machinists, so there was the declining regional economy to deal with. Surely the federal government would worry about climate change. Then came the winter of 2004, when the Cascade Mountains snowpack was so disastrously low that ski resorts -- facing their worst year on record -- laid off most of their employees.
June 4, 2009
Adozen years ago, most of the countries of the world signed on to an unwieldy attempt to reduce greenhouse gases known as the Kyoto Protocol, which the U.S. Congress declined to ratify.
October 6, 2008
Re "Cap-and-trade rules," editorial, Oct. 1 Your editorial regarding using markets to reduce greenhouse emissions was right, in that the state does need to develop well-designed markets. But the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has estimated that the so-called auctions program championed in the editorial would increase electricity costs by $700 million for its customers. Further, the auctions system would impose billions of dollars in hidden taxes on California's existing businesses, which could drive jobs and business out of the state.
December 3, 2007 |
In the Kyoto Protocol's accounting of greenhouse gases, the former Eastern bloc is a smashing success. Russia: Down 29% in carbon dioxide emissions since 1990. Romania: A 43% reduction. Latvia: A resounding 60% drop. Reductions such as those across Eastern Europe were the main reason the United Nations was recently able to report a 12% drop in emissions from the accord's industrialized countries over the 1990-2005 period. It was an illusion.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 16, 2007 |
The Los Angeles Planning Commission on Thursday approved one of the most ambitious green building programs of any big city in the nation, requiring large new developments to be 15% more energy efficient. The new rules, which also restrict water use, aim to cut the city's emissions of greenhouse gases that are responsible for global warming. Cities have no power over vehicle tailpipe emissions, which are ultimately controlled by the federal government.