Stealth Kyoto

Environment | A national environmental group is quietly reshaping American policy on climate change-one gulible state at a time
by Mark Bergin
Posted 12/22/07, 12:00 am

President George W. Bush has consistently opposed federal caps on greenhouse-gas emissions, a policy position many environmentalists say contributes to global warming and is an embarrassment to the United States around the world. But Bush is not the country's only politician with executive power. State governors are increasingly taking the matter of climate change into their own hands, many pushing legislation that mirrors the international Kyoto Protocol-the very kind of top-down restrictions Bush rejects.

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Chilling effect

Environment | A federal ruling in California could slow climate-change litigation but can't stop it
by Mark Bergin
Posted 10/06/07, 12:00 am

Having once campaigned to the left of such Democratic presidential candidates as Jimmy Carter, Ted Kennedy, and Bill Clinton, California attorney general Jerry Brown provoked little surprise last year when he carried out the plan of his predecessor to sue the world's six largest automakers for causing global warming. The surprise came Sept. 17 when a Clinton-appointed federal judge in San Francisco threw Brown's case out of court.

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 Jill Cody points to her TerraPass sticker in San Jose, Calif.

Pass the buck

Environment | Carbon offsets allow environmentalists to preach green but pay someone else to live it
by Mark Bergin
Posted 8/04/07, 12:00 am

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio and politician Al Gore took center stage at Hollywood's Kodak Theater earlier this year to announce that the 79th annual Academy Awards had officially "gone green."

More accurately, the show paid others to go green, so it wouldn't have to.

Between the telecast, the Governor's Ball, and the red carpet event, the Oscars released some 250,000 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, equivalent to the energy emissions required to power 16 average U.S. homes for an entire year.

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