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The pope’s climate encyclical is scheduled to drop June 18. Just in time for summer beach reading! I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, in neighborhoods filled with what felt like a United Nations of Catholics (Polish, Ukrainian, Irish, Chaldean, Greek, among others). I was impressed both at how my neighbors loved the pope — but also with how they deftly worked around those aspects......read more

A Changed Climate In Washington

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World Leaders Make Both Moral And Practical Progress In The Debate On Climate Change This Week

Mark this week down as the one that truly shifted the climate conversation in the nation's capital. It was a week where Hillary Clinton's announcement that she opposes the Keystone XL pipeline played fourth fiddle -- and a potential government shutdown was barely even in the band -- climate change was the one unifying theme connecting the week's top stories.  First, Pope Francis called......read more

Fact-Free Bjorn

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Carl Pope responds to a NY Times op-ed claiming the world's poor need cheap fossil fuels

Carl Pope for The Huffington Post: Sigh. Bjørn Lomborg has once again been given a fact-checker free podium -- and has left it fact free. His latest salvo in The New York Times claims that the world's three billion poorest -- who, lacking access to modern energy, light with kerosene and cook with wood -- must suffer through nineteenth century coal and twentieth century oil to advance --......read more

Beyond Coal: The Audacity of Action

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Former Sierra Club chief Carl Pope discusses the EPA's new emissions limits

Carl Pope for The Huffington Post: The U.S. passed the half-way mark in its pathway Beyond Coal Friday, when the Obama Administration announced rules requiring new coal-fired power plants to meet pollution standards requiring that their pollutants -- including for the first time carbon dioxide -- be kept out of the air. This formalizes the reality that coal is no longer an economically or......read more

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