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Why the Civilian Conservation Corps Should be Restablished

by Ronald C. Weston Last month I was reminded of the impressive accomplishments of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) while touring California National Parks. The CCC was a public works program that operated from 1933 to 1942 as part of FDR’s New Deal. It provided manual labor jobs related to the conservation and development of … Continued

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Solyndra and the Solar Shakeout: Bankruptcies in Context

By Mike Koshmrl and Seth Masia (orginally published at Solar Today) During August, three homegrown photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturers failed and two European manufacturers decommissioned their U.S. production lines. All told, the United States lost 20 percent of its panel manufacturing capacity. By far, Solyndra’s fall was the loudest. In September 2009, the Fremont, CA-based … Continued

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Legislators Fiddle over Solyndra Bankruptcy While Coal Burns U.S. Taxpayers

A new study on the true cost of coal power to the U.S. economy should help put the recent bankruptcy of solar company Solyndra into perspective. While some legislators have used Solyndra’s troubles to call for an end to all federal support for clean energy projects, the new study reveals that the public has been … Continued

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European Airlines Add Voice to Fears Over Europe’s Cap and Trade Program

The controversial European Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) – a European wide cap and trade program – has sparked an ongoing dispute between the US and Europe regarding mandatory inclusion of non-European based airlines into the program. In August, the potential for a trade war seemed possible due to mounting opposition both in the USA as … Continued

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Right Wing Groups Play the Energy Reliability Card to Oppose EPA MACT Rule

Four right-wing and right-leaning anti-big government groups contend the EPA is “abusing” air-quality laws because the agency’s MACT (maximum achievable control technology) utility rules will force coal-fired electrical plants to shut down, thus jeopardizing the security and reliability of the U.S. power supply. A petition last week by the Institute for Liberty, Americans for Prosperity, … Continued

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The Problem with Politicizing Solyndra

“As much as I wish to be able to answer the members’ questions, I have been advised by my counsel that it is the better course for me to assert my constitutional right to decline to answer questions under the Fifth Amendment. While I hope to have an opportunity to assist this committee’s inquiry in … Continued

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Conservation and Alternative Investment Groups Team Up to Back Forest Conservation Bond Market

WWF has joined the Global Canopy Program and the Climate Bonds Initiative in calling on governments help foster growth of a forest conservation bond market. Thirty billion dollars a year invested in forest conservation bonds would cut deforestation rates in half, thereby assuring that the world’s forests will continue to function as sinks that soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, they assert.

Is the World Bank Becoming a Voice for Climate Change Action?

The 2011 Annual Meeting of the World Bank and IMF is underway in Washington D.C.  At Thursday’s opening press conference, President Robert Zoellick made some remarks which seem to corroborate the Guardian’s recent report of leaked World Bank draft report entitles “Mobilizing Climate Finance.” The report urges rich countries to eliminate $50B a year in … Continued

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The (Real) Lessons from Solyndra

The White House is worried that the story of Solyndra, the solar power company that filed for bankruptcy protection after receiving $535 million in loan guarantees, will follow Obama through the 2012 election season. I’ve got a feeling it will stay with us even longer than that. Thomas Friedman once wrote that when historians will … Continued

Hillary Clinton Speaks Out on Women’s Role in Economic Development

This week, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooporation (APEC) conference on women and the economy took place in San Francisco. “This is the largest diplomatic gathering in San Francisco since the signing of the United Nations charter in 1945,” said Chandra Alexandre, VP of the Bay Area Council Foundation, which helped organize the event. APEC’s mission is to … Continued

American Green Vehicle IP Goes to China

Though we have all become accustomed to China as a major net exporter of goods to global markets in recent years, in the automotive world, China’s burgeoning domestic car market inspires all the major global auto companies to compete vigorously for a piece of the action. The size of the Chinese market is set to grow … Continued

Immigration Reform: The Missing Piece of the CSR Puzzle

This article offers insight into how some corporations are fueling US unemployment rates by increasing the hiring rate of legal and illegal immigrant workers, subsequently reducing the American workforce. This practice contradicts with major corporations who subscribe to CSR best practices which involve “a way of managing a business by considering the impact of activities on customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders, communities and other stakeholders, as well as the environment.” With rising unemployment rates, an increasing population, and shrinking workforce we have to assess the role of corporations in economic stabilization and sustainability.

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Japan Plans Floating Windfarm Off Fukushima Coast

Japan’s Ministry of Trade and Industry announced it will invest as much as 20 billion yen ($260 million) to build a pilot offshore wind project comprised of six, 2-megawatt (MW) floating wind turbines off the coast of Fukushima to rebuild the region’s energy infrastructure.