Ed Update: Now it’s official! While still not officially confirmed, the buzz from those in the know is that Van Jones, green visionary and founder of Green For All, will be tapped as president Obama’s “Green Jobs Czar.” A central focus of the Obama administration’s American Reinvestment and Recovery Plan is the creation of 3.5 … Continued
Category: Policy & Government
World leaders need to act this year to address the twin economic crisis and climate change in an integrated manner. Despite the challenges and costs, doing so can open up the opportunities of a lifetime and lay the foundation for sustainable growth and reflation of the world economy, Sir Nicholas Stern asserts in a McKinsey Quarterly video interview.
The much ballyhooed smart grid might be buoyed by the stimulus bill, which appropriates $4.5 billion in direct spending to modernize the electricity grid with smart-grid technologies (part of the $11 overall for spending related to the smart grid), but that doesn’t mean there’s a clear, easy path to smartening up the grid. That was … Continued
By Steven Tiell Most Americans can describe ways they are being screwed by the economic and political decisions our government is making. No matter which recovery or bailout plan you consider, there are significant flaws, and we’re left trying to figure out which option will screw us the least. This doesn’t leave us much hope … Continued
Most utility companies are encouraging their customers to conserve energy. But from a business point of view, there’s a down side to energy efficiency: selling less power also means less revenue for the utility companies that provide the power. And the less a utility earns, the less it is likely to invest in new, cleaner … Continued
Here is a continuation of a conversation I am having with a friend, Melissa, in the CSR department of a major US consumer product good company. The question that we have been grappling is one of responsibility. While the finger can be pointed at everyone, who really is in charge? Government, Corporations or us? Please … Continued
In Part I of this two-part series, we considered California’s 2006 Global Warming Solutions Act, or AB 32, which calls for a statewide greenhouse gas emissions cap for 2020, based on 1990 emissions. Its implementation is afoot. However, regulators are getting resistance from some industry groups who claim it will be too costly. But many … Continued
Whenever I visit Los Angeles, I consider the sprawl and congestion, but also the amazing vistas and architecture, and think it must have been amazing back in the 1950s. But the book “Smogtown: The Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles,” stands as a reminder that well before the famously smoggy 70s, the air there … Continued
When Governor Schwarzenegger signed California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act, or AB 32, in 2006, the move was applauded as a bipartisan victory and as bold, visionary, forward-thinking legislation. But some industry groups are complaining that the implementation of the legislation, which calls for a statewide greenhouse gas emissions cap for 2020, based on 1990 … Continued
I never really expected to see this latest stimulus plan fly through Congress without some serious debate. After all, this is a lot of money we’re talking about here. And this is on top of what’s already been shelled out to failing banks run by CEOs who still don’t seem to understand why it’s not … Continued
Flash back to late September, 2006. In California, the Governator has just signed Assembly Bill 32 (AB32), a Kyoto-style policy aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, followed by an 80% reduction below 1990 levels by 2050. The bill is met with little national fanfare and its implications, if they’re … Continued
Voluntary “green” power purchases by corporations are surging as momentum behind emissions cap-and-trade, climate change action plans builds on Capital Hill.
Now that the President’s stimulus bill has moved to the Senate, the clean energy debate is likely to take a different tack, raising the more fundamental issue of what constitutes “clean energy” and who gets to define it. The Senators from West Virginia, Robert Byrd and Jay Rockefeller, both Democrats, have been pushing to get … Continued
The Obama-Biden ‚ÄòNew Energy for America’ plan is heavily slanted towards diversifying the US energy resource base, enhancing efficiency and conservation, and mitigating climate change. It doesn’t rule out making better use of our domestic fossil fuel resources, however.