Whenever I visit Los Angeles, I consider the sprawl and congestion, but also the amazing vistas and architecture, and think it must have been amazing back in the 1950s. But the book “Smogtown: The Lung-Burning History of Pollution in Los Angeles,” stands as a reminder that well before the famously smoggy 70s, the air there … Continued
Category: Policy & Government
When Governor Schwarzenegger signed California’s landmark Global Warming Solutions Act, or AB 32, in 2006, the move was applauded as a bipartisan victory and as bold, visionary, forward-thinking legislation. But some industry groups are complaining that the implementation of the legislation, which calls for a statewide greenhouse gas emissions cap for 2020, based on 1990 … Continued
I never really expected to see this latest stimulus plan fly through Congress without some serious debate. After all, this is a lot of money we’re talking about here. And this is on top of what’s already been shelled out to failing banks run by CEOs who still don’t seem to understand why it’s not … Continued
Flash back to late September, 2006. In California, the Governator has just signed Assembly Bill 32 (AB32), a Kyoto-style policy aimed at reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, followed by an 80% reduction below 1990 levels by 2050. The bill is met with little national fanfare and its implications, if they’re … Continued
Voluntary “green” power purchases by corporations are surging as momentum behind emissions cap-and-trade, climate change action plans builds on Capital Hill.
Now that the President’s stimulus bill has moved to the Senate, the clean energy debate is likely to take a different tack, raising the more fundamental issue of what constitutes “clean energy” and who gets to define it. The Senators from West Virginia, Robert Byrd and Jay Rockefeller, both Democrats, have been pushing to get … Continued
The Obama-Biden ‚ÄòNew Energy for America’ plan is heavily slanted towards diversifying the US energy resource base, enhancing efficiency and conservation, and mitigating climate change. It doesn’t rule out making better use of our domestic fossil fuel resources, however.
Finally. Change. Along with the new President comes a bright and contemporary perspective on how to tackle climate change. So what can we expect from the fresh-faced Obama and his team of scientifically renowned advisors? Hopefully decisive action, and a lot of it. This week in ClimatePULSE we take a look at the recently published … Continued
News Break: Obama Clears Path to Allow California Emissions Waiver and Set Standards for Improved Fuel Efficiency
President Barack Obama today signed a presidential memorandum directing the Environmental Protection Agency, now under the direction of Lisa Jackson, to reconsider the Bush-era refusal to grant a waiver to California and at least seventeen other states allowing them to set their own standards regulating greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks. Despite former EPA … Continued
"We have so much time, and so little to do! Strike that, reverse it." That’s just one of Wonka’s many famous quotes in the classic 1971 film. And, if you think about it, the aphorism applies whether discussing chocolate factory tours or White House agendas. Indeed, Barack Obama has much to do, and even less … Continued
Change is in the Air – The Inauguration Brings Hope, Promise, and Millions to Washington DC – Not to Mention Renewable Energy
Nothing represents change in the air than the two wind turbines spinning on the Mall as part of an exhibit by the National Botanical Garden.
Trying to push through a gasoline tax is a risky proposition, but now’s about as opportune a time as ever there will be to do so, at least one that is linked to a commensurate reduction in withholding taxes…
Policies developed by the Obama administration need to integrate an entrepreneurial approach, government support, and the community in order to fully realize the triple bottom line. With full participation, we can successfully move beyond the Triple and create an integrated bottom line with social, environmental and financial benefits