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

Weeklong UN Conference on Climate Change Begins

“Climate change is with us,” began the Honorable Mr. Kwadwo Adjei-Darko, Minister of Local Government, Rural Development and Environment of the Republic of Ghana, as he welcomed delegates to the Accra Climate Change Talks. The conference is the third in a series that constitutes the Bali Action Plan. The goal? Establish an international accord to … Continued

Sustainability as an Imperative in Public Policy

Complaining about government waste is almost a cliche. From the excessive use of Police ATVs patrolling our completely safe beaches, to the general inefficiency at all levels, governments seem to be avoiding the environmental crisis in their day to day operations. At very least, sustainability does not seem to be on their checklist of mandatory … Continued