Electric vehicles

A New Law Would Require Electric Vehicles to Make Artificial Sound

The NHTSA estimated in its January 2013 recommendations that, “If this proposal were implemented, there would be 2,800 fewer pedestrian and pedal cyclist injuries over the life of each model year of hybrid cars, trucks and vans and low speed vehicles, as compared to vehicles without sound.”

Ending the Debate: Most Republicans Actually Support Increased Renewable Energy Use

Apparently, the “Global Warming Debate” is not as much of one as the hard-liners at Fox News and on Capitol Hill would lead us to believe. A recent study released by Yale and George Mason University found nearly 80 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents support increasing renewable energy use and more than 60 percent believe the United States should take action to address climate change.

Carbon pollution

Why We Need A Price on Carbon

Last week, ThinkProgress posted a video that talked about how the storms, wildfires, droughts, and “weather on steroids” that are being caused by carbon emissions are costing serious money. Is the answer a carbon tax?

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The U.S. Air Force Has a New Energy Plan…Do You?

The new Air Force Energy Strategic Plan creates an adaptive framework for energy security with conservation, energy awareness, supply chain and resiliency that could easily apply to businesses.

Governor Andrew Cuomo

New York: First State to Caution Investors About Climate Change

If you’re interested in buying New York bonds, the state wants you to know that “climate change poses a long-term risk to the state’s finances.” Sounds reasonable, right? After all Hurricane Sandy wasn’t that long ago. Well, not so fast say rating agencies. A senior executive at Standard & Poor’s said he has “a hard time finding a direct relationship for climate change on New York State’s economy at this point.” Another senior executive at Moody’s explained that FEMA mitigates the risk by picking up the bill when big natural disaster events happen. In other words, investors in NY bonds shouldn’t worry too much about climate change.

IMF Recommends Ending Energy Subsidies to Fight Climate Change

A new report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) claims ending the $1.9 trillion in global energy subsidies could reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 4.2 billion tons – a 13 percent reduction – and lead to major gains both for economic growth and the environment.

Chump change

Annual Income of Bottom 90% Has Grown $59 in 47 Years

According to Pulitzer Prize winning economic journalist, David Cay Johnston, the prosperity, in terms of annual income, of the bottom 90% of the US population grew by only $59 after adjusting for inflation.

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Mahindra World City: The Future of Gated Communities?

Mahindra World City sets out to take the gated community concept – safe, separate, exclusive – and give it a sustainable spin. A “self-sustaining island of excellence”, no less, was the mandate given to the architects by the man behind the idea, Arun Nanda.

Natural gas bridge

Methane Hydrates: Energy Salvation or Worst Thing Yet?

Last week, energy researchers in Japan made a dramatic breakthrough that could have huge implications for the entire world’s energy, and since these two things are now inextricably linked, climate, future.

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Reagan-Era Secretary of State Calls for Carbon Tax

Addressing an SRO crowd on Capitol Hill, Shultz,now an advisory board member of Partnership for a Secure America, spoke of an energy revolution as he urged Congress to overcome partisan rancor and take strong action on global warming.

tax

Policy Points: Simple Tax Change Will End Online Retailer Favoritism

The current tax policy gives Amazon and other online megastores an unfair, anti-competitive advantage. Representatives of both independents and chains agree a long-overdue update to tax laws will fix the problem and create a level playing field.

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SPECIAL SERIES: The Rise Of The Sharing Economy

SEC Holds Debt/Equity Crowdfunding Hostage

When President Obama signed the JOBS Act into law in April 2012, it was with the intent to break down the barriers for regular people to be able to invest in small businesses, but absent a concrete set of rules by the SEC, they still can’t. Will the SEC ever finalize their rules?