Senate Blocks Proposal to Keep Bush-Era Offshore Drilling Policy

The issue of whether or not to drill for oil and gas along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts has come to a head again, this time in a Senate’s vote Wednesday against keeping the Bush-era offshore drilling policy in place. Could it be that, by shooting down this policy, Senators opened the door for a … Continued

REALLY, MEG? Suspending Climate-Change Legislation AB32 is Backwards Thinking

Editor’s note: The following was published earlier on CleanTechnica by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in response to Meg Whitman’s Op-Ed suggesting that California Governor Schwarzenegger put “a moratorium on most AB32-related rules. And if he does not, [she] will issue that order on [her] first day as governor.” CleanTechnica is doing its best to … Continued

Is China Really Beating the US in Cleantech?

Grist recently served up a rant post by Terry Tamminen, titled “China’s Rear View Mirror: China is leaving the U.S. in the dust as it surges ahead on clean energy.” Tamminen, former secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and now an investment banker, recites a now common plaint that China is rapidly eclipsing the … Continued

Recession Cuts Emissions: Good News or Bad News?

The recession has caused a 2.6 percent drop in carbon dioxide emissions – the biggest drop in 40 years, Environmental Leader reports. Although this sounds like great news for the environment, some analysts worry about what effect it could have on nations’ motivation to further curb emissions. Are these figures good news or bad news?

Obama Talks To GM Workers

In February GM announced it would lay off 800 workers at its Lordstown assembly plant complex in Warren, Ohio. Last December GM cut the third shift at the plant, eliminating 900 jobs. The summer of 2008 over 4,000 people worked on three shifts at the plant. President Obama spoke to the plant’s workers on Tuesday. … Continued

Obama’s UN Climate Summit has Some Sustainability Proponents Worried

Several world leaders met in New York Tuesday for a UN climate summit in New York. While many of the leaders indicated that they would continue to work together on an international climate pact, others expressed visions for climate change that have some analysts concerned. One of these was President Obama. According to a Washington … Continued

Is a National Soda Tax On the Horizon?

President Obama said a soda tax is “an idea we should be exploring,” in an interview with Men’s Health. He added, “There’s no doubt that our kids drink way too much soda. And every study that’s been done about obesity shows that there is as high a correlation between increased soda consumption and obesity as … Continued

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PG&E Quits US Chamber, Protesting Its Climate Change Stance

Peter Darbee, chairman and CEO of California utility Pacific Gas & Electric, on Tuesday took a very public stand against the US Chamber of Commerce and what he calls its “disingenuous attempts to diminish or distort” the facts around global climate change. The utility quit the Chamber, a lobbying group that represents three million businesses … Continued

Are Financial Collapses Unavoidable?

I recently read the article Why Capitalism Fails by Stephen Mihm and was interested to learn about Hyman Minski, who, according to the article, was …a hitherto obscure macroeconomist who died over a decade ago. Many economists had never heard of him when the crisis struck… But lately he has begun emerging as perhaps the … Continued

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Who Will Lead the Electric Car Market?

The outlook for the electric car couldn’t have looked brighter when oil was priced at $140 a barrel, consumer confidence was high, and offers of credit were plentiful. Now that a variety of electric vehicles are nearly ready to hit the market in larger quantities, the world is a different place. The leading manufacturers of … Continued

Diplomatic Unease On The Menu At UN Climate Talks

It sounds like it may have been inspired by Oxfam’s Hunger Banquet, and it will be interesting to see how it works. Mandarins at the United Nations will be subjecting world leaders to a little diplomatic shock therapy at today’s UN climate negotiations in an effort to inject a greater sense of urgency into the … Continued

EPA Takes on the Coal Industry

Here’s a change to savor after the approach taken by the previous administration: the Environmental Protection Agency is actually taking major steps to protect the environment and might even smack-down the powerful coal industry and its well-heeled lobby. An almost startling case in point: The EPA is withholding action on 79 pending mountaintop coal-mining projects … Continued

Tony Blair: Collaborative Global Climate Action Will Benefit World Economies

This just in from the Office of Tony Blair: a bold, collaborative climate deal will create millions of jobs while bolstering all major economies. His recently-released report, entitled “Cutting the Cost: The Economic Benefits of Collaborative Climate Action”, details the difference it would make if countries worked together (versus individually) to fight climate change. In … Continued

EU Presses Obama on Curbing Climate Change and Capping Bank Bonuses

The upcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen in December, and the G20 Summit this week, are on the front burner for the European Union, which issued a plea Thursday pressing Obama on some of the matters the conferences will cover. Specifically, the EU asked Obama to increase emissions standards in the upcoming climate change … Continued