#35 Fixing the US
If the Waxman-Markey climate bill goes unchanged through the Senate, it could make an adequate and fair global deal on climate change impossible. The bill would allow new coal-fired power plants to be built up until 2020. It would also strip the Environmental Protection Agency of their existing authority to regulate coal-fired power plants under the Clean Air Act. It would replace this direct regulation with the widely-discredited Cap & Trade system. It has a very low level of ambition.
As 125 civil society groups from around the globe write to President Obama asking for US leadership on climate change, we chew over options for enhanced US action with our guest Daphne Wysham, presenter of Earthbeat Radio and founder and director of the Sustainable Energy & Economy Network.
UPDATE: Since this show has been broadcast, the Senate’s version of the Waxman-Markey bill has been released (30 Sept) and Friends of the Earth US have done a good potted analysis of why they can’t support it. On the plus side, it does reintroduce EPA’s authority to regulate coal plants.
Should the US Scrap the Waxman-Markey Bill? – Phil England, The Ecologist, 8 October 2009
- Why are we Letting Polluters Regulate Themselves Instead of Letting the EPA do its Job? (Daphne Wysham, SEEN, 28 July 2009)
- Good News, There’s a Climate Bill – Bad News, It Stinks (Daphne Wysham, AlterNet, 19 May 2009)
- Gore vs. Hansen: Enviros take sides in debate over House climate bill (Grist, 20 May 2009)
- Everything you always wanted to know about the Waxman-Markey bill (Kate Shepherd, Grist, 3 June 2009)
- Climate SOS coalition Platform
- EPA turns the lights out on mountaintop removal (The Nation, 11 Sept)
- Global Civil Society Calls for Greater U.S. Leadership in Solving the Climate Crisis (Friends of the Earth / Third World Network letter, 24 Sept)
- Mobilization for Climate Justice Newswire
- Climate Justice Boxer & Chevron Action: “Our Climate, Not Their Business!”
- 300+ Groups ask Senate for Stronger Climate Bill
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