Carl Pope, a veteran leader in the environmental movement, is the former executive director and chairman of the Sierra Club. He's now the principal advisor at Inside Straight Strategies, looking for the underlying economics that link sustainability and economic development, and serves as a senior climate advisor to former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He has served on the boards of the California League of Conservation Voters, Public Voice, National Clean Air Coalition, California Common Cause, Public Interest Economics Inc, and Zero Population Growth. Pope is also the author of three books: Sahib, An American Misadventure in India; Hazardous Waste in America; and co-author along with Paul Rauber of Strategic Ignorance: Why the Bush Administration Is Recklessly Destroying a Century of Environmental Progress.
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The Clean Power Plan did not spring like Venus from the brow of President Obama last week — there’s a long history here. The CPP is the keystone of one of the most dramatic and fundamental economic restructures in history.
So why the outcry against the Clean Power Rule? Quite simply, its adoption will establish that United States is serious about averting the threat of global warming, that coal’s future as a primary fuel is coming to an end, and that the US utility sector is poised to go through the most fundamental changes in 90 years. Part 2 is available here and Part 3 is available here.
You may encounter intense controversy around the idea of cleaning of America’s electricity sector for any one of these three reasons: genuine economic risk, ideology or partisanship. Here are five things to remember as you do
On the face of it, the Supreme Court seemed to be considering last Wednesday whether the EPA must/can/or cannot regulate global warming-causing carbon dioxide pollution under the Clean Air Act. But behind this specific issue is a much broader question — whether the court room door is going to be slammed in the face of ordinary Americans.
Given that we only have one chance to get this right before it’s too late, our top priority must be to make sure that we do not settle prematurely and sign a weak bill into law in the name of doing something about global warming.