It is easy to assume that big business is behind the push to pass than Prop 23, and to an extent, that is true—big businesses outside the state are largely funding the initiative. But within California, large corporations in various industries are lining up against Prop 23’s passage. Some companies’ opposition to Prop 23 is intuitive—others appear to take a stand on the issue that goes against their vested interests.
Category: Policy & Government
The California Senate Bill 722 would have increased the state’s renewable energy standard (RES) to 33 percent by 2020. Unfortunately, SB 722 did not pass on September 1, 2010. Perhaps one reason it did not pass is that the final version of the bill, all 64 pages of it, was not available until 7 pm … Continued
Sure, seeing former Secretary of State George Shultz come out against Proposition 23, the November ballot measure that would stop California’s landmark emissions-reduction law (AB32) in its tracks, might have raised some eyebrows. But Shultz has been actively pushing for energy independence and the increased use of renewable energy, so really, his support of AB32 is no surprise. … Continued
A measure on California’s November ballot, Proposition 23, would suspend AB 32, also known as the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. AB 32 set targets for reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions. The list of people, companies and organizations against Proposition 23, reads like a who’s who of California. First, let’s start with people, … Continued
By Taylor Muckerman In a city known for its use of public transit and foot travel, Washington, DC, is finally revving up its efforts to increase pedal power. On September 20, 2010, Capital Bikeshare took a major step towards placing an American city on the same stage as many cities across the European continent. 1,100 … Continued
Leaders of a business and even a non-profit can hit a snag, perhaps even flop, but then recover, unfazed by the fact they followed the wrong strategy. Politicians, however, often feel they cannot make that choice—one wrong decision and they or their party could be tossed out the next election cycle. Therefore, politicians are often risk adverse, as Byron Kennard, Executive Director of the Center for Small Business and Environment, mused in a recent article.
Marine toxicologist Riki Ott has been tracking a significant outbreak of medical problems among people who have been in contact with the Gulf water. Residents and visitor have reported that they have “developed a rash or peeling palms from swimming, wading, handling oiled material or dead animals without gloves and shucking crabs from recently re-opened Gulf fisheries.” Some have even reported symptoms after swimming in their outdoor pools after a rain.
By: Dinesh Thirupuvanam When most people see that a product or package is marked “biodegradable” they think that they can toss the product on the side of a road or into a landfill and it’s going to breakdown in a reasonably short period of time. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Today, the term biodegegradable … Continued
Next week, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will announce the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership that will improve the quality of lives, boost economic opportunity, and combat climate change. The subject which this Alliance will tackle may appear simple, but it has a huge affect on the health and well-being of millions. A more efficient cooking stove design can go a long way towards saving time, reducing emissions, and cutting fuel waste.
A joint study that the Union of Concerned Scientists and Iowa State University conducted reveals some disturbing trends. Of the 1700 employees at the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) who answered the 44-page survey, many state that public officials and business interests too often interfere with the food safety process.
A German military think tank has drafted a report that discusses the impact that peak oil could have on the world’s economy. The report, which is still in the draft stage and contains mostly opinions from the scientific community, has an ominous tone.
Every once in a while a website comes along that is so cool, slick, informative and so fun that it demands attention. It is so full of awesome that you Tweet it and Retweet it, Facebook it, chat about it then spend an inordinate number of hours playing on it. My friends, I have found … Continued
Thanks to a ballot initiative waged by a group called the California Jobs Initiative, California voters will decide in November whether to move forward with implementation of the state’s landmark emissions reduction law, the Global Warming Solutions Act (AB32), even though it was signed into law in 2006. But if the initiative, Proposition 23, fails, the … Continued
It is gratifying to see two major institutions, US EPA and General Electric forming an agreement to work together in search of improvements at the intersection energy and water. The two have signed a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with a goal of producing the cleanest water using the least amount of energy.
On my way into work this morning, I was listening to an NPR interview with Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen. He was speaking with NPR’s Steve Inskeep about the lessons he’s taken from overseeing the government’s response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Allen was also involved in Hurricane’s Katrina and … Continued