Open Letter to the CFTC on Oil Speculation

We are writing to commend your vote on Oct. 18, 2011, to implement position limits on commodities speculators, including oil speculators. Further, we would like to voice some of our concerns regarding the regulation of oil price speculation and the affects on the general well-being of the American people in response to the CFTC’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking RIN 3038-AD15 and RIN-AD16 on the topic of Position Limit for Commodity Derivatives, dated January 26, 2011.

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Don’t Repeat the Mistakes of the Past: Keep the Internet Free

Keep the Internet free – let net neutrality rules stand: As lawmakers in the Senate attempt to bring a vote to the floor repealing the FCC’s Net Neutrality rules set to go into effect November 21, a historical perspective on telecom, the media and the Internet & why the rules should stand.

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Benefits of a Shorter Workweek

By Maggie Winslow How are we going to return to full employment in the U.S.?  We can’t just keep producing more and different consumer goods, hoping jobs will come from their production and consumption.  We don’t have the natural capital for that plan.  But, what if everyone could afford to work fewer hours so that … Continued

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Alaska Air Group Follows United Airlines into Biofuel’s Wild Green Yonder

If it seems like biofuel for airplanes is all the rage this week, you’re right. On Monday, United Airlines became America’s first commercial airline to use an algae based biofuel, and today Alaska Air Group will become the first to fly on a synthetic jet fuel derived from recycled cooking oil, with 75 flights scheduled … Continued

Greenhouse Gas Emissions: The Good News and the Bad News

There was some pretty grim news on the carbon emissions front last week. According to the US Dept. of Energy, emissions for the year 2010 jumped considerably over the previous year, and that is in spite of the economic downturn. The 564 million ton jump, the largest ever, put more carbon into than atmosphere than … Continued

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A Power Shift in Boulder

Boulder voters approve steps towards breaking away from Xcel Energy to increase local and renewable energy options in the community. This could have ripple effects for utilities and cities throughout the country.

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Interview: Economic Policy Changes Will Move the Needle, Not Reusable Bags

Walking in Greenwich Village after Gernot Wagner’s talk at the New School last Tuesday, I realized that I’m probably not very far from the home of Colin Beavan, aka No Impact Man. I find it very interesting that these two bright people, who are so passionate about the future of the planet, have such different … Continued

Keystone XL Pipeline Relies on Eminent Domain for Success

Over the weekend, protesters marched on Washington against the construction of the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline. A variety of environmental reasons fuel opposition to the pipeline, ranging from possible water contamination, to furthering the continuing use of (dirty) fossil fuels, and even climate change. While these all may be worthwhile reasons, they may … Continued

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Sustainable Inroads for National Transportation Policy

In political circles, making space for pedestrians, cyclists and nature falls under the purview of “transportation enhancement” activities. Last year, enhancement investments totaled close to $900 million, funds that drove the creation of urban trails, open space parks and the one of the largest build-out of bicycle lanes the country has ever seen. Unfortunately, it seems the future of all enhancement funding now hangs in the balance.

Corporate Social Responsibility and the Occupy Wall Street Movement

We all know that Occupy Wall Street grievances vary from location to location and individual to individual, but it’s safe to say that the general beef is irresponsible, unethical corporate behavior consolidated into a dangerously small sphere of political and economic influence. Does GRI make a difference? And more importantly, is it making it fast enough?

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Population Growth Must Be Addressed to Achieve Sustainable Development

The 7 billionth baby was born on 31st October in Lucknow, India  and by the time you read this, the world will have gone past the 7 billion mark. Author of  The Population Bomb, Paul Ehrlich of Stanford University recently gave an interview where he emphasized that global population has more than doubled since he wrote the book in 1968. … Continued

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Occupy Wall Street’s Silver Bullet: Publicly Financed Campaigns

Occupy Wall Street lacks specific demands, deriving its power through its inclusivity. This will eventually change. Demanding publicly financed elections is broad enough for all to support and strategic enough to have real impact on the problems of wealth disparity and corporate-government collusion.

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7 Billion Scariest Things This Halloween

You know those articles that are so prevalent online…9 tips to a flatter stomach, 6 ways to get her to notice you, 3 top ingredients for a souffle with coconut? I promise not to actually list 7 billion things in this article, but suffice to say that this Halloween, we have 7 billion reasons to … Continued

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The Global Economy: Just a Trough in the Business Cycle?

3p is proud to partner with the Presidio Graduate School’s Macroeconomics course on a blogging series about “the economics of sustainability.” This post is part of that series. To follow along, please click here. By Maggie Winslow What should we be thinking about the state of the global economy?  Are we just in the bottom … Continued

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Small Manufacturers are Hot on Sustainability, But Trouble Looms

The American Small Manufacturers Coalition first began surveying manufacturers’ attitudes about sustainability in 2009, and it has just released the latest results in its 2011 Next Generation Manufacturing Study. The 2011 study finds a significant increase in the proportion of manufacturers reporting that sustainability is either important or very important to their future. The numbers … Continued