An Open Letter to President Elect Barack Obama on the Fiscal Stimulus Package

Americans have heard a great deal about hope and change during this election season. Together, those two words evoke a compelling vision for the future of our nation. Once the election is over, the questions for our policy makers (at all levels) will be how to move the nation towards this positive future, especially in the face of an economically challenged present.

World Conservation Congress

Last week marked the 60th anniversary of the World Conservation Congress. The Congress is a ten-day forum for leaders in academia, business, government, NGO’s and the UN. Led by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), this year’s event in Barcelona drew over 8,000 participants. Julia Marton-Lef√®vre, Director General of the IUCN, declared, “The … Continued

Gas Prices + CO2 + Economy = The Perfect Storm

By Inimai M. Chettiar We don’t yet know who will win the White House on November 4th. But what we do know is that the next administration will need to deal with a triplet of crises in the economy, environment, and energy. We’re watching the upward tick of the cost of a gallon of gas, … Continued

San Francisco Provides Comprehensive Incentives In Push For Solar Power

In July, San Francisco launched GoSolarSF a 10-year solar rebate program designed to accelerate the build out of the city’s clean energy infrastructure. On September 30th, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that applications for new solar installations have quadrupled since then, putting the city on track to double its installed capacity by next year. Under the … Continued

Demand a New Green Economy

A post by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom: At this vital juncture in our country’s history, it’s clear that we must take climate change seriously. America is spending more than $200,000 per minute on foreign oil — $13 million per hour. More than $25 billion a year goes for Persian Gulf imports alone. Our dependence … Continued

UK Creates Dept. of Energy and Climate Change

As part of Prime Minister Gordan’s reshuffle, a new department was created that is likely to boost growth in the renewable energy industry, while addressing climate change. The UK is a country that is particularly vulnerable to the affects of climate change and has identified it as an issue of vital national importance. The EU’s … Continued

San Francisco Moves Ahead With Electric Vehicle Initiative

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is on a roll with initiatives aimed at placing the city at the forefront of urban sustainability. At a press conference on Tuesday, September 30, the mayor discussed his commitment to “actionable implementation,” something he said was currently lacking at the state and federal levels. Under his leadership, Newsom believes … Continued

McCain, Obama advisors square off at Carbon Disclosure Forum

McCain and Obama’s energy policy advisors squared off today on energy policy at a Carbon Disclosure Project global forum, where the CDP also released the results of its latest survey and research on emissions disclosure and policies among the world’s largest corporations.

The Pickens Plan, Hybrid Electrics and National Leadership

T. Boone Pickens wants 22% of US electrical power output to come from the winds by 2020, freeing up an equivalent amount of domestic natural gas production for transportation. The Hybrid Owners of America likes the first part but not the second. Intel’s Andy Grove says the key is multi-fuel conversions for all existing vehicles…Can we expect any real, much needed leadership from Washington?

5 Top Countries for Renewable Energy Investment

There has been a rush of investment into renewable energy in recent years. In 2007, global wind energy capacity grew by 27% and solar energy sales grew an estimated 50%. Ernst & Young produced a report that offers insight into where future growth is likely to occur by examining a variety of indices including long-term … Continued

Texas Enacts E-Waste Recycling Program

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TECQ) has officially implemented the Computer Equipment Recycling Program for their state. The program will expand free electronic recycling options for consumers. The wording in the program shows that the commission means business. Manufacturer’s must offer a take back program for their products in order to sell them. Similarly, … Continued