Author Archives: Eric Cesnik

Part 2: Three Reasons Donald Trump Could Be Good News for the Climate

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In my last post, I asserted that despite Donald Trump’s already atrocious environmental and climate policy, his election could ultimately turn out to bring good news for the climate. That post looked at the first of three reasons for hope: that Trump’s win forces progressives to rethink climate policy. With Trump now apparently on the verge of pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement, let’s look at two additional reasons for hope during this trying time.

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Three Reasons Donald Trump Could Be Good News for the Climate

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Finding Climate Hope in the Fog of Trump Ninety-three days in, Trump’s presidency has already been rough going for anyone concerned about climate change.  We need some hope.  To celebrate Earth Day, let’s look at the potential upside—huge, tremendous, big league potential upside—that Donald Trump brings (however inadvertently on his part) to the effort to […]

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The New Party of No? No Thanks

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Three Reasons Democrats Need a Positive Vision In a recent NYT Magazine article, “The New Party of No,” Charles Homans describes the rise of the Trump resistance and its impact on the Democratic Party.  Like the Tea Party and Occupy, the grassroots resistance movement has no formal hierarchy.  As Homans describes things, however, it has […]

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Happy Earth Day–Let’s Make Paris Count

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Reading the Paris Agreement, one cannot help but hear the echoes of the 1992 Kyoto Protocol. The Paris Agreement, enumerating many fundamental points remaining to be worked out (again) as it is implemented (from emissions monitoring to international carbon trading to technology transfers) leaves the reader with a sense of déjà vu. Haven’t we been down this road before?

We have. But that may be a good thing.

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An Early Delivery for Earth Day: A Modest Plan to Save the Planet

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The Greenland ice sheet is melting “freakishly early” this spring.  Climate change has exacerbated this year’s El Nino such that it is causing “gruesome” and “unprecedented” coral death. New studies suggest that the West Antarctic ice sheet could disintegrate within decades instead of over hundreds or even thousands of years, leading to more rapid ocean level rise.  […]

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The Climate Debate Today: Nothing Has Changed; Everything Has Changed

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Over the past year, the momentum has shifted in the climate debate. Everything has changed. Instead of debating whether we need to take climate change seriously, it is time for policymakers and citizens alike to ask what we need to do to put the full strength of the American economy to work solving the climate crisis.

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Rep. Chris Van Hollen Introduces Cap-and-Dividend Bill

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Representative Chris Van Hollen of Maryland wins the first annual Cap Carbon Now Legislator of the Year Award for introducing the Healthy Climate and Family Security Act of 2014, a cap-and-dividend bill. Yes, Van Hollen introduced similar legislation in 2009 and it died in committee. But the fact that Van Hollen has reintroduced a cap-and-dividend […]

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