Category Archives: Steve Cochran

New Opportunities for Progress on Climate

Featuring:
Dan Grossman Regional Director, EDF Rocky Mountain Office
Steve Cochran Vice President, EDF Climate & Air
Vickie Patton EDF General Counsel

It's been a year of dramatic ups and downs. The U.S. Senate's failure to pass climate and energy legislation was a serious setback. But Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and our coalition partners successfully defended California's landmark climate law against Big Oil's ballot initiative attack this fall.

Another bright spot to celebrate is the 40th anniversary of the Clean Air Act, a bipartisan triumph that continues to deliver cleaner, healthier air. We're gearing up to protect and toughen the Clean Air Act with new regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and other air pollution.

What are the biggest opportunities to make progress on climate at the state, national and international levels? Listen to the discussion to find out.

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From California: A Loud and Clear Message

Featuring:
Fred Krupp
, President
Steve Cochran
, Director, National Climate Campaign
Wade Crowfoot, Political Director, West Coast

In the largest referendum on climate and clean energy this country has seen, California voters sent a loud and clear message to elected leaders across the country that the public supports action on climate change.

California voters said yes to the clean energy economy this month when they defeated Proposition 23 by a wide margin.  Supporters of the ballot measure, financed primarily by two Texas oil companies,  tried to suspend California’s historic clean energy and air pollution standards by claiming that they would harm the economy — but Californians didn’t buy it.  They know that we can have a healthy environment and a healthy economy at the same time.

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Climate and Energy Bill Introduced; Gulf Oil Disaster Has Changed Politics

Featuring:
Fred Krupp
, President
Steve Cochran, Director, National Climate Campaign

Will the oil disaster in the Gulf help or hinder the passage of an historic climate and energy bill? What are the prospects for winning bipartisan support? What can we expect to hear from the bill’s opponents?

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Special Insider Briefing: Friday, October 30th

Featuring:
Fred Krupp
, President
Steve Cochran
, Director, National Climate Campaign

Getting Climate through the Senate

Following our victory in June, when the U.S. House of Representatives passed the landmark American Clean Energy and Security Act, we are now fully engaged in the push to reach sixty votes in the Senate.  We’re up against opponents who are tougher, more partisan, and better funded than ever.

With that in mind, Environmental Defense Fund partnered with others to create Clean Energy Works, an unprecedented coalition of more than 60 environmental, civil rights, faith, labor, and veterans organizations working together to pass climate legislation.

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Global Warming Legislation: The Opportunity of a Lifetime

Featuring:
Fred Krupp, President, Environmental Defense Fund
Steve Cochran, Director, National Climate Campaign

With your help, we passed climate legislation through the House. Just one more hurdle in the Senate and the bill will be on the President's desk. But it's a steep hurdle.

We are up against formidable forces: industry opponents who already have hundreds of millions of dollars in the bank; an economy that makes everyone anxious and pushes the environment down the agenda; and right-wing media demagogues who are using climate legislation to gin up ugly populist anger.

We must win this fight. We have a window of opportunity, but the window will not stay open much longer. That is why the environmental community has agreed to come together in an unprecedented effort, reorganizing and mobilizing ourselves into one streamlined, turbo-charged campaign with only one goal: to get climate legislation passed.

Listen to our discussion on the challenges and opportunities we face in the coming weeks.

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Global Warming Legislation Heating Up!

Date: Monday, April 20th, 2009, 4:00 p.m. EST

Featuring:
David Yarnold, Executive Director
Steve Cochran, Director, National Climate Campaign

Congress has fired the starting gun on the most important legislative fight of our lives. Just last week, Congressmen Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Ed Markey (D- MA) released a draft climate and energy bill that could unleash America’s green energy future and combat global warming.

Listen to this up-to-the-minute discussion on the challenges and opportunities we face in the next seven weeks.

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Where Do We Go From Here? The New Politics of Climate Change

President-elect Obama is committed to taking action on Climate Change, but there are many competing priorities on the agenda. It will be a heavy lift, but at Environmental Defense Fund, we see an opportunity of a lifetime to address global warming in ways that will benefit the environment AND the economy.

Date: Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, 1:00 p.m. EST

Featuring:
Fred Krupp, President
Steve Cochran, Director, National Climate Campaign

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Conference Call: Can Congress Change Climate?

Featuring:

David Yarnold, Executive Director
Steve Cochran, National Climate Campaign Director

Despite promises from both sides of the aisle and support of all remaining presidential candidates, there are still formidable barriers.

June 6 call: Analyzing the Senate's progress:

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May 27 call: Strategies and Concerns:

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Conference Call: Global Warming Mobilization

Steve Cochran updates EDF members on the prospects of passing global warming legislation this year, outlines what activists can do to help, and answers questions. On this first activist conference call, more than 100 people participated. Sam Parry, Manager of Online Membership and Activism, moderates.

This call was held on Friday, March 28, 2008 at 2:00 PM Eastern.

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Conference Call: Biofuels – the Great Green Hope?

The Energy Bill of 2007 mandates the production of 36 billion gallons of alternative fuels by 2022. What does that mean for the environment? Will food costs skyrocket? And how about our greenhouse gases? As Environmental Defense presses for effective national climate legislation, how will the politics of biofuels impact the legislative battle?

This call was held on Monday, March 3, 2008 at 1:00 PM Eastern.

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