I know, this almost sounds like a punch line to a bad joke, or perhaps an oxymoron. Many people tend to think of Texans as backward-looking, conservative, entrenched in the status quo and not at all interested in talking about climate change, except maybe to argue that it doesn’t exist. But there are two things that Texans understand, perhaps better than most of us and those are: energy and money. And, to a certain extent, in Texas, these issues seem to rise above ideological boundaries.
Category: Policy & Government
By Robert Girling, Ph.D. Professor of Business Strategy, Sonoma State University The world is waiting to see just how business responds to Rio+20. Will the fledgling efforts of business leaders such as Interface’s late CEO Ray Anderson who led efforts to redesign products and the way we do business hold sway? The fact is that … Continued
I’ve been in Rio de Janeiro for six days now for the Rio+20 Earth Summit, and something struck me this morning as I entered the last official day of business-focused meetings: We have not asked enough of governments.
The Guardian reported that the final draft of the Rio+20 document has been released just a few hours before world leaders fly into Brazil. Although there are 283 separate sections of the document which I spent some time going over, it offers precious little in terms of finding active solutions to the various problems it “recognizes, “acknowledges” … Continued
There is good news for the solar industry this week. It comes at a good time, after several bankruptcies this Spring, expiration of certain US tax credits and a reduction in Germany’s feed-in tariff program. The unexpectedly good news comes from Japan. Industry Minister Yukio Edano announced a new price structure for electricity that pays a premium for solar generated power that is roughly triple the price of conventional electricity. This is essentially a feed-in tariff (FIT) similarly to the one that drove Germany to become the world’s solar leader with roughly 25 gigawatts (GW) or half the world’s total solar capacity.
Sustainability reporting may be a big winner of this week’s UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro. Paragraph 47 of Rio+20’s outcome document outlines the importance of organizations’ commitment to sustainability reporting.
Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect to spend a day at the White House with 29 members of the Obama administration – including Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency; Hilda Solis, Secretary of the Department of Labor; Nancy Sutley, Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality; and Greg Nelson, Chief of Staff of … Continued
If you were wondering what the next target of conservative groups and the tea party after they’ll get over with agenda 21, we have the answer for you: sea level rise. In North Carolina, the state Senate approved legislation last week that would limit how the state can plan for projected sea-level rise, and in Virginia state lawmakers agreed to commission a study on the phenomenon as long terms like “sea level rise” and “climate change” were removed.
Obama’s recent to-do list of job creation, tax credits for small businesses, cutting government red-tape and putting veterans to work is largely being panned by Republican congressional leaders. Say what?
Ben & Jerry’s founder Ben Cohen will be working with Move to Amend and Occupy activists across the cross country to distribute stamps with anti-corporate personhood slogans to be used for stamping money.
DOE’s SunShot Grand Challenge Summit launches $10 million Afforadable Rooftop Solar Challenge, and $8 million for startups to reduce solar installation costs.
Australia announced a marine reserve covering 1.2 million square miles of ocean – this will offer unique protection to various ecosystems in the region.
Anyone who naively thought that we all wanted to find our way to a future where the air was still breathable, the water still drinkable, and the climate still livable are in for a surprise. The folks in Alabama have just passed a law that says quite clearly, that they don’t want anything to do with sustainability.