Congressional Bills that address Climate Change

All over Washington, you can hear the giant scraping sound of officials and legislators frantically back-tracking,” begins the U.S. edition of George Monbiot’s book Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning. In 2007 the sound of scraping must have echoed because the U.S. Senate introduced two climate change bills. The Climate Security Act, also … Continued

U.S. Oil Subsidies Need to Go

In February the House passed the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Tax Act, or H.R. 5351, which would repeal the $18 billion in tax breaks for multinational oil companies. The bill would create tax breaks for producers of renewable energy, fuel, and electricity. The bill needs Senate approval. During a speech while the House debated … Continued

Convention on Biological Diversity in Bonn, Germany (Day 1)

The Convention on Biological Diversity is a treaty between nations to maintain diversity and sustain life on earth. Every year the party nations meet to discuss progress of the convention, topical issues and strategic planning. This year our attention is drawn to the devastation brought about by climatic disasters and the real economic cost of … Continued

Voluntary GHG Program in Brazil

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) yesterday announced the implementation of a GHG program in Brazil. The ‘Brazil GHG Protocol Program’ enables companies to monitor and better manage GHG emissions on a voluntary basis. It is a commendable commitment to improving environmental standards in the cooperate world; however this progressive focus towards environmental … Continued

Rational Regulation: Oxymoron?

There’s a glaring need for pro-regulatory perspectives to be included in the cost-benefit analyses used by government regulators’ decision making processes, particularly when it comes to energy and the environment, argues NYU School of Law’s Richard Revesz.

Taxing Oil Companies to Fund Biofuel Investment

The oil companies invest paltry sums in renewable energy and biofuels, despite claims to the contrary and record high profits last year. In February the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Chevron made $18.7 billion in profits last year. According to the article 2007 was “the fourth consecutive year that the San Ramon company made record … Continued

States Commit to Combating Climate Change at Yale Conference of Governors

Governors and representatives of 18 U.S. states signed a Declaration on Climate Change during the Yale Conference of Governors April 17-18 commemorating the centennial of Pres. Theodore Roosevelt planting the seeds for what would grow into the conservation movement and the U.S. National Parks System.

SF Mayor Proposes Carbon Tax, Reduces Payroll Tax

(By Lina Constantinovici) On Friday, April 11, 2008 at Casa Verde in the Mission, Mayor Gavin Newsom addressed his plans to put Carbon Tax on the November ballot. Voter support of this initiative would position San Francisco as the first city in the US to take a regulatory approach in addressing climate change. As the … Continued

SF Mayor Changing Building Codes to Permit Wind Turbines

San Francisco’s Climate Action Plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 25% of 1990 levels by 2012. To accomplish this goal, Mayor Gavin Newsom is now focusing on small scale wind generation and strengthening local building codes. This could be an effective strategy, since according to the U.S. Green Building Council, buildings account for … Continued

Green Collar Jobs: Van Jones on the Colbert Report

Friday is a good day to watch a little Steven Colbert. The other day, Van Jones guest starred and rolled with Steven’s punches to give a pretty good depiction of the idea of a green economy and the potential for millions of associated jobs. Enjoy:

New Kyoto Protocol CDM Chair Sets Priorities

Streamlining and expanding the UNFCCC’s Clean Development Mechanism will be key priorities for 2008, according to Rajesh Kumar Sethi, the recently appointed chair of the CDM Executive Board.

Pres. Bush Address at WIREC 2008

Lots has changed since Pres. Bush and his administration took office nearly eight years ago. One them is the Bush administration’s attempts to come up with a national energy policy which have had to undergo drastic alteration…

Lots of Renewable Energy Pledges at WIREC 2008

Lots of activity at WIREC 2008 (the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference), including more than 100 uni-, bi- and multi-lateral pledges from some 40 countries to increase renewable energy development and use.