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Reading the Tea Leaves on President Obama’s Keystone XL Pipeline Decision

President Obama issued a solid “no” on the Keystone XL Pipeline application in a brief statement yesterday, an announcement that regular followers of TriplePundit probably anticipated. We’ve previously noted that the Keystone project is a textbook case of stakeholder fail, that alternative job-creating initiatives in the energy sector are already providing far more benefits to … Continued

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Online Freedom Rings: SOPA Stopped

Those of us who were gearing up for all-out rants and protests against misguided and unworkable proposals to stifle online freedom can breathe easier now that Congress has backed off – at least for the moment. The two congressional bills — the Senate’s Protect IP Act (PIPA) and the House’s even more offensive Stop Online … Continued

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India Emerges as Solar Energy Hotspot

A growing host of India’s business conglomerates is leveraging the Indian government’s national solar energy program and investing in the sector, that latest being the Bhanshali group’s Talma Chemical Industries. Talma’s Visual Percept Solar Projects intends to invest in building 100-MW of solar energy generation capacity.

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California Renewable Energy Off to a Good Start in 2012 with Five Big Projects

Renewable energy is getting off to a good 2012 start in California with the approval of 5 renewable energy projects that will bring more than 1-GW of clean electrical power and more than 2,900-GWh per year of clean energy on-line. California’s Public Utilities Commission approved investor-owned utility contracts for three SunPower solar, one NextEra Energy wind and one Pattern Energy wind energy project with Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric.

Ryanair Passes on Carbon Tax to Passengers

Beginning on January 17, Ryanair will charge a €0.25 fee on every seat to cover what the company says will be a €15 to 20 million bill. And the airline is complaining loud and clear.

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No More Hiding: EPA’s Carbon Emissions Database Goes Live

As promised by the EPA, the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions are now mapped for all to see, and it’s not a pretty sight. The online emissions database displays 2010 GHG emissions data from more than 6,700 large facilities and suppliers. The data includes public information from facilities in nine industry groups that directly emit large … Continued

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Scotland’s Ambitious 100% Clean Energy Target by 2020

One country that is really galvanizing wind energy to increase its renewable energy profile is Scotland. 2011 was an epic year for Scottish energy companies. The Department for Energy and Climate Change released figures recently demonstrating that the renewable energy sector saw more than £750 million of investment last year. Currently seven gigawatts (GW) of renewable … Continued

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MIT’s New Perspectives on Energy Innovation

When MIT spends three years studying something, it’s probably worthwhile to pay close attention to the results. In this case the university is calling for a new framework for spurring innovation in how energy is produced, delivered and used. Basically put, think regionally for solutions because the federal government is “structurally unable” to be the … Continued

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Does Your Business Pass Muster with the US Marine Corps?

FEMA’s now-famous “Waffle House Test” underscored the importance of emergency planning and energy security for businesses, and now the US Marine Corps has an important energy message of its own to add. According to a note from the DOD Energy Blog, General John R. Allen, United States Marine Corps Commander of the International Security Assistance … Continued

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Professional Sports Provide Needed Economic Stimulus in St. Louis

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 Erik Distler In St. Louis, MO, city employees were bracing for the fourth straight year of mandatory furloughs designed to … Continued

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New Electric Vehicle Consortium Packs a Powerful Punch

A new consortium of electric vehicle stakeholders has just launched a new EV demonstration project that promises to boost President Obama’s efforts to create a national EV infrastructure.  Though consumer interest in EVs seems to surge with every spike in gas prices, a concerted public-private effort is needed in order to transform that desire into … Continued

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How Public Participation in Belize Changed the Course of Cruising

In late 2009 a private development group, with apparent links to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, submitted a proposal directly to the Prime Minister of Belize and the Ministry of Tourism that called for the establishment of a new cruise port of call in the small southern village of Placencia. The proposal—described by the developers as small scale or “niche” cruise tourism, in contrast to “mass tourism”—catalyzed much discussion and debate on the benefits and drawbacks of this sector in Belize.

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Patagonia Founder First in Line to Register as Benefit Corporation

Since the dawn of corporate social responsibility, Patagonia has been it’s pioneer and poster child. The company was founded on the principle that the business’s bottom line was more than just monetary. As early as 1974, founder Yvon Chouinard published an essay in the Patagonia catalog urging climbers to be more conscious of their motives and to … Continued