Hawaii Says Aloha to Electric Cars from Nissan and CODA with Big Incentives

Last week, at the Asia Pacific Clean Energy Summit and Expo the State of Hawaii announced that it has signed an agreement with Nissan North America to promote the rapid deployment of electric vehicles throughout its island territory, through a combination of purchase incentives and support for the installation of charging stations.


Jump-Starting Fast Start Finance for Climate Change

A new website launched this month by the United Nations, FastStartFinance.org, is designed to track climate change funding commitments from industrialized countries. The move is an attempt to make sure that developed economies will deliver on their plans to provide seed funds to help poorer nations battle climate change, as the next round of climate … Continued

Koch Industries Funding Fight Against Climate Change Law, Via Subsidiary

The Yes on 23 Committee, a.k.a. the California Jobs Initiative, a.k.a. the November ballot initiative Proposition 23 which would suspend AB32, California’s climate change law, became $2 million richer yesterday. The funding came through $1 million donation from Flint Hills Resources, a subsidiary of Koch Industries, and another $1 million by another oil refiner, Tesoro, reports … Continued


Top Climate Skeptic Reverses Course, Now Urges Bold Action

Bjørn Lomborg may not be a household name around here, but that’s through no fault of his. In November 2001, this Danish environmental author and economics professor was selected “Global Leader for Tomorrow” by the World Economic Forum. Lomborg was selected as one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2004. He was particularly outspoken on the subject of global warming whose importance he felt was being overstated. However, Lomborg has a new book entitled Smart Solutions to Climate Change: Comparing Costs and Benefits in which he proposes an aggressive $100 billion annual fund specifically targeting global warming solutions.


Bjorn Lomborg, the Not-So-Skeptical Environmental Skeptic

(Also reported on by RP Siegel here) The economist and author Bjorn Lomborg has been called the Danish doubter and compared to Adolf Hitler because of his failure to add the human element into his analysis of the climate crisis. In his books The Skeptical Environmentalist and Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist’s Guide to Global … Continued


Should Maine Sell Carbon Credits for Weatherization?

The State of Maine has an ambitious goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 10% below 1990 levels by 2020. To meet this objective, Maine has engaged in several efforts, most notably participation in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the first mandatory cap-and-trade system in the US. As of July 2010, the state has generated … Continued


Proposition 23 Puts California’s Recovery At Risk

By James Birkelund (originally posted at California Progress Report) With so many sectors of the economy faltering, Californians have reason to celebrate the leadership our state is showing in promoting clean energy and the dramatic potential for job growth it presents. Since 2005, employment in the clean energy sector has grown ten times faster than … Continued


Where the Right Tangos with the Left: Green Entrepreneurship

The following is a guest post by our friends at Dominican University’s Green MBA Program (a 3p sponsor) – an engaged learning community that seeks to promote financial viability, ecological sustainability, and social justice in business and organizations of all types. By John Stayton, Green MBA Cofounder, Dominican University of California In an era of … Continued

EPA Ruling Could Keep Calif. Coast Cleaner and Shipping Industry in Check

If you read InvestigateWest‘s piece on the cruise industry  this month, or our own coverage of the industry , you know that what happens below deck ain’t nearly as pretty or clean or fun as what happens on deck. But there was good news for the California coastline on Wednesday, when the EPA announced it … Continued


Once Again Fossil Lobby Tramples Clean Tech Startups

The year was 1978. Jimmy Carter was president. The air was abuzz with the promise of solar energy. No pollution, no oil to run out of, no imports, no OPEC. We hadn’t even heard of global warming yet, but it was still a great idea. Fast forward to 2010. Once again there is a Democrat in the White House. And with the startling realization that man-made climate change has become the biggest threat to our way of life and our future, the air is once more abuzz with talk of renewables. But this time, instead of giving up the White House to an oil-obliged president, we have an oil-obliged Senate that refused to pass a much-needed Comprehensive Climate and Energy Bill. As a result, this summer could spell doom for more fragile green seedlings.

Shell To Be Cleared of Most Responsibility For Niger Delta Oil Spills

Every year for 50 years the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez spill occurs in Nigeria’s Niger Delta, according to a recent New York Times article. A three year UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) investigation into the spills “will almost entirely exonerate Royal Dutch Shell,” the Guardian reported on August 22. The investigation puts only 10 percent of … Continued


Is There a Case Against CSR?

University of Michigan business administration professor Aneel Karnani is not a fan of CSR. He believes that for companies to act in the public interest, while profiting from their operations, is “fundamentally flawed.” His solution? Government regulation.


Do We Need a Green Tea Party?

by Jonathan Mariano The Tea Party is a growing force. Some say it is a grassroots movement, others say it is a front for the GOP. However, regardless of political affiliations, the core platform of the Tea Party attracts folks of various persuasions, namely conservative and libertarian, who believe in constitutionally limited government, fiscal responsibility, … Continued

China Set to Leapfrog the U.S. in Clean Car Production

The Chinese government announced last week that it plans to invest up to $14.8 billion (100 billion yuan) over the next ten years to stimulate the production of plug-in hybrid and all-electric cars. The country intends to have 5 million of these vehicles on the road by 2020. That kind of commitment makes the $5 … Continued