PCAP Background Research Materials

What can we expect now from Obama on energy and climate?
The conversation has begun about what President Obama can do about climate change and energy in his second term, without or without the help of Congress.
Posted: 11/08/12

Weighing the Risks of Climate Change Mitigation Strategies
The highly divergent risks of climate change mitigation strategies merit more consideration in the realms of insurance and public policy, and included in comparative assessments which are today more narrowly limited to traditional cost-benefit analysis.
By Evan Mills ~ Posted: 11/06/12

PCAP has proposed that the next President lead the development of a national roadmap to a clean energy economy.
Now, business leaders are calling for the same thing -- a coherent National Energy Policy to create certainty and increase investments in the clean energy market.
Posted: 10/15/12

Is Our Bad Weather the Result of Climate Change?
Two Democratic congressmen have issued a report that says, the connections are well documented now.
Posted: 10/9/12

The Victims on the Other Side of the Camera
PCAP's executive director, Bill Becker, gives his perspective on the first presidential debate.
By Bill Becker ~ Posted: 10/5/12

Pipe Dreams: Why Mitt Romney can't free America from Middle East Oil
Michael Levi of the Council of Foreign Relations assesses the Romney energy plan.
Posted: 10/5/12

The Climate Progress blog has posted a detailed comparison of the Romney and Obama energy policies.
Posted: 10/3/12

The Obama Administration's progress report on its national energy blueprint.
Posted: 10/1/12

The Farm Bill is a Climate Bill
Posted: 9/28/12

Democrats in Congress Release Assessment of Extreme Weather in the U.S.
Posted: 9/28/12

The Candidates Respond to Questions from Scientific American
Posted: 9/28/12

Comparing the Candidates' Climate Positions - Washington Post
Posted: 9/28/12

President Obama's Energy and Climate Policies
Posted: 9/28/12

Obama Administration's Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future
Posted: 9/28/12

Gov. Romney's Energy Plan
Posted: 9/28/12

Will the Farm Bill Prop Up Doomed Crops in this Extreme Climate?
Things are looking bleak for corn farmers in the Midwest. Drought conditions and above-average temperatures are likely to continue for some time and now even soybeans — corn's sister commodity — are succumbing to the weather. The economic implications for the entire Midwest — and not just farmers — are dire.
By Tom Laskawy ~ Courtesy of Grist ~ Posted: 8/27/12

Where State Transportation Money Goes
Transportation funding is complex. Literally trillions of dollars are constantly at work or on the boards for one thing or another. The type of spending ranges from building overpasses to laying light rail tracks to painting those white-line bicycle riders on the asphalt in bike lanes. And so much more.
By Nate Berg ~ Courtesy of The Atlantic Cities ~ Posted: 8/27/12

The Social and Psychological Foundations of Climate Change
The problem of climate change has been defined and diagnosed predominately through scientific measurement. Greater inclusion of the social sciences is needed to deepen insight into the relationship of these scientific findings to their broader social context.
By Andrew Hoffman and P. Devereaux Jennings ~ Courtesy of The Solutions Journal ~ Posted: 8/27/12

The Missing Piece
The energy debate can't just be about increasing production. It also has to be about improving energy efficiency.
By Ronald Brownstein ~ Courtesy of National Journal ~ Posted: 8/27/12

Weather Extremes Leave Parts of U.S. Grid Buckling
From highways in Texas to nuclear power plants in Illinois, the concrete, steel and sophisticated engineering that undergird the nation's infrastructure are being taxed to worrisome degrees by heat, drought and vicious storms.
By Matthew L. Wald and John Schwartz ~ Courtesy of The New York Times ~ Posted: 8/27/12

Federal Coal Subsidies
Federal coal subsidies are forms of financial assistance paid by federal taxpayers to the coal and power industry. Such subsidies include direct spending, tax breaks and exemptions, low-interest loans, loan guarantees, loan forgiveness, grants, lost government revenue such as discounted royalty fees to mine federal lands, and federally-subsidized external costs, such as health care expenses and environmental clean-up due to the negative effects of coal use.
Courtesy of SourceWatch ~ Posted: 8/27/12

WORD iconClimate Change is Here — and Worse Than We Thought
When I testified before the Senate in the hot summer of 1988 , I warned of the kind of future that climate change would bring to us and our planet. I painted a grim picture of the consequences of steadily increasing temperatures, driven by mankind's use of fossil fuels. But I have a confession to make: I was too optimistic.
By James E. Hansen ~ Courtesy of the Washington Post ~ Posted: 8/27/12

PDF iconClimate Change and Existing Law: A Survey of Legal Issues Past, Present, and Future
This report surveys existing law for legal issues that have arisen, or may arise in the future, on account of climate change and government responses thereto.
Posted: 8/27/12

Getting Natural Gas Right
With the industry booming, EDF pushes for reform and responsible development.
Courtesy of The Environmental Defense Fund ~ Posted: 8/27/12

The following graphs are part of an article by David Roberts
Courtesy of Grist ~ Posted: 8/27/12