PR Battle Over Cap-and-Trade Reaches a Fevered Pitch

Oil and coal companies — the most vocal opponents of US cap-and-trade climate legislation — have spent more than $76 million over the last four months on public relations and mass advertising trying to to defeat the climate bill now before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. When you combine that incredible sum with money … Continued

What Is the Best Way to Reduce Carbon Emissions?

When President Obama released his budget, he included a “cap-and-refund” proposal that strictly limits greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and would auction emissions permits to large companies. The price of fossil-fuel based energy will increase. However, Obama’s plan also includes giving refunds to taxpayers which will come from the auctions. Seventy percent of state regulators surveyed … Continued

Will China Initiate a Carbon Tax?

China’s Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Environmental Protection have requested research from a regional think-tank to develop preliminary proposals for a national carbon tax. The proposals, which are due for publication within the month, may one day become a part of the Chinese government’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. International governments have pressed … Continued

Governor Sarah Palin Rejects Federal Funding for Renewable Energy

Alaska governor Sarah Palin has rejected $28.6 million dollars in federal stimulus money for Alaska’s State Energy Program. However, Gov. Palin did accept all other federal stimulus money that her state is eligible for ($930 million). Palin’s rejection of the funds is founded in her opposition to strengthening state building codes and making energy efficiency … Continued

REEM ’09: The Convergence of Technology, Policy and Markets

California Businesses Seek to Form Renewable Energy Partnerships in Emerging Markets Emerging market countries offer fertile ground for the growth of renewable energy projects. They have ample supplies of renewable energy resources (solar, wind, biomass, geothermal, etc) matched by a rapidly growing demand for energy. But what they often lack are the government policies, technology … Continued

The City of Brotherly Love Goes Green

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter announced today their comprehensive Greenworks Philadelphia plan – which highlights their environmental efforts and strategy towards sustainability – with the goal to make Philadelphia “The Greenest City in America” by 2015. Greenworks Philadelphia is the culmination of 10 months of work with contributions from city employees, nonprofit organizations, civic and business … Continued

Another Earth Day Rant

Watching all the Earth Day coverage yesterday was pretty exhausting. Let’s face it: Most of those talking heads on television are only repeating what one of their researchers likely found on the internet. They are not the experts, and they don’t often seek out the real experts when it comes to reporting on the environment … Continued

CA to Secretary Salazar: No Offshore Drilling, More Renewable Energy

Last week, Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, hosted the last of 4 public forums around the country to gather input on offshore drilling and offshore renewable energy development. Choosing to end in San Francisco means he is going back to Washington with a resounding “No” in his ears. “No” to offshore drilling and “Yes” … Continued

Everything Is Connected to Everything Else: Economic and Ecological Bubbles

Denis Hayes, President and CEO of the Bullitt Foundation, kicked off today’s Ceres Conference in San Francisco with a reminder that no nation can solve climate problems on its own – we must come together as a species because everything is connected. North African dust has been correlated to hurricanes. We have all breathed an … Continued

Tax Day Brings Tax Protests

Many Americans will be marking the arrival of April 15th by doing more than just dropping an envelope in the mail at their local post office: they will be protesting on a number of related topics, including tax reform, corporate bailouts, and excessive government spending. These protests have become known as tea parties, referring to … Continued

USAID Global Development Commons: Open Innovation for Government Panel

As the Obama Administration (pleasantly) surprises everyone by systematically turning everything on its head, one of the most exciting changes is actually stirring deep within the US Government itself. The rumblings began during the previous administration with the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Global Development Commons initiative, an interesting example of the cutting edge … Continued

American Clean Energy and Security Act: What Business Leaders Need to Know

It’s been an exciting week as commentaries on the merits and shortcomings of the American Clean Energy and Security Act have taken place among the sustainability and business leadership communities. If enacted, this legislation could propel the US into an entirely new economy comprised of clean energy technologies & infrastructure, reduced greenhouse gas emissions across … Continued

How Viable Is a Plastic Bag Tax?

Plastic bags account for 50 percent of the plastic trash in Washington, D.C.’s Anacostia River. In order to decrease the amount of plastic bags in the Anacostia, the D.C. Council proposed legislation that would put a five cents tax on disposable shopping bags. Eleven council members co-introduced it, and according to a Washington Post article, … Continued

Congress Votes to Legalize Marijuana, Economy Will Benefit

Yesterday, Congress voted to legalize marijuana. President Obama said he will sign the bill into law, which creates a federal agency, the Cannabis Agency, to oversee the production and sale of marijuana. By legalizing marijuana after being in office a little over two months, Obama is following in the footsteps of Franklin Roosevelt who legalized … Continued