Virginia AG to Challenge New Fuel Efficiency Standards in Court

Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli intends to challenge, in federal court, new vehicle fuel efficiency standards released this week by the Obama administration and the EPA. In February, Cuccinelli sued the EPA over its decision last year to regulate greenhouse gases in general, arguing it was based on climate data that was “unreliable, unverifiable and … Continued


How Will New CAFE Standards Change the Cars We Drive?

How will new fuel efficiency requirements that went into effect last week change the look, feel — and price — of your next car? Experts say expect prices to rise, and smaller, lighter, technologically advanced vehicles to grow in number. First, an overview New Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards published last week require most automakers … Continued

D.C.-Area Escorts Offer Free Services to Congress for Vote on Climate Bill

As the 40th anniversary of Earth Day approaches, Congress is heating up over debate around the proposed Kerry-Graham-Lieberman Bill, which would establish sweeping federal energy and climate legislation. As tensions rise, high-end escorts in the greater Capitol Beltway area have offered their services for free to any member of Congress who votes in favor of … Continued

Not-So-Cool-Cars: Calif. Board Drops Efficiency Requirement from AB32

After getting heat from police, public safety groups and transportation agencies, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) decided to drop an impending requirement for automakers to incorporate heat-blocking coatings on windows, which decreases the need for air conditioning and makes cars more fuel efficient.  This so-called Cool Cars initiative was to be implemented as part … Continued

Solar Firms Turn to Foreclosed Properties for Land

Finding the land to build a solar power plant can be a headache. Solar plants require a large footprint to soak up the maximum amount of sun’s energy — anywhere from 4 to 14 acres per megawatt of electricity generated. This need for land puts solar firms in direct conflict with a tangle of environmental … Continued

Report: Environmental Cost of Corporations in the Trillions

A recent UN study by the British consulting firm Trucost, as reported in the Guardian, assessed the environmental impact that the three thousand top global corporations inflict. The study clocked this impact at a cost of $2.2 trillion dollars–a sum greater than the national budgets of all but seven countries in the world and approximately … Continued

Geoengineering Conference Contemplates Worst Case Scenario

Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. When it comes to global warming, some scientists are taking those words to heart. The Asilomar International Conference on Climate Intervention Technologies held last week brought together some 175 scientists from around the world to discuss research into geoengineering, the deliberate manipulation of the environment to slow … Continued


China Blistering Past US in Green Investment

The Pew Charitable Trusts released a study showing that for the first time, China is leading the United States in green technology investment.  Considering that China is four times the size of US, the study may not be surprising, but the pace at which Chinese investment has increased is certainly shocking.  Five years ago, the Chinese … Continued

Study Finds Transportation Costs Make Most of America “Unaffordable”

A few weeks ago I drove up into the mountains near Los Angeles to go skiing with a friend. We were luckily headed against traffic, but across the median, pointed towards Los Angeles, was one endless stream of cars. I expected it, but it was still astonishing to see: we had been driving away from … Continued


UK to Start $3 Billion “Green” Investment Bank

The British government unveiled Wednesday a Green Investment Bank that will have £2 billion ($3 billion) to invest in “high risk” green projects. A similar proposal was floated in the United States Congress last year before that institution became completely obsessed with..what was it?..oh yeah. The British version was unveiled by Finance minister Alistair Darling … Continued


Updated Analysis: Calif. Emissions Law Will Help Both Environment and Economy

The California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board (ARB) has just released an updated economic analysis of California’s Climate Change Scoping  that forecasts robust economic growth as the state continues implementing AB32—the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006—focusing primarily on energy efficiency and fuel diversification measures. The ARB is charged with bringing AB32 from paper … Continued

Recent Earthquakes Highlight Importance of Good Design

Two major earthquakes struck this year:  a magnitude 7.0 quake in Haiti and a larger, magnitude was 8.8 quake in Chile. The death toll in Haiti was over 200,000, while the death toll in Chile was over 400. The two countries themselves are different: Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world, and … Continued


Are Green Jobs the Business of Government?

Given the collision of two crises, one economic and the other environmental, our leaders need to understand their priority both in terms of relative importance as well as urgency. Politicians wanting to claim the high ground of concern on the global climate issue, without actually supporting it, were given perfect cover by the financial crisis … Continued

EPA Shaking Up Business In Texas

By Wendy Lyons Sunshine A sea change is underway at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and its effects have reached Texas. Under the Obama Administration, scientists are being appointed to top administrative positions and with them comes a renewed appreciation of hard data—a trend that worries the business community in Texas. Consider the appointment of … Continued