Back in 2005 San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed legislation, The Precautionary Principle, requiring its procurement officers to adhere to an approved list of environmentally preferable, or “green,” products. The result is SFApproved.org, a guide that describes approximately 1000 green products that San Francisco’s municipal employees are required to buy under local ordinances
Category: Policy & Government
Last week saw a number of post-mortems on the failed climate bill. So maybe it’s time to do a post-mortem on the post-mortems to see where they agreed and what might be learned from all of this.
The clean tech sector has experienced remarkable success in the past few years, yet there still remains one huge roadblock from mass implementation – cheap fossil fuels. Some may think this is simply a matter of free-market capitalism at work. The real truth is that petroleum and coal industries continue to receive massive subsidies from … Continued
The reason that you’re able to read Triple Pundit right now, along with 1000s of other small, independent publications is because the internet remains an essentially unregulated, free market for ideas and conversation. No website can be given priority over another in terms of access or download speed. But the net is getting crowded and … Continued
President Obama recently authorized $1 billion for FutureGen, a public-private partnership aimed at operating the world’s first coal-fired, near-zero emissions power plant. FutureGen’s operation is focused on curbing carbon emissions generated from the burning of coal for electricity. In the scenario offered by proponents of “clean coal” emissions are captured and stored within the earth, … Continued
Ecuador has told the world to put a price on oil that will never hit the market. Yesterday the small South American nation signed a deal with the United Nations Development Program that leaves a huge amount of oil reserves untouched in exchange for the approximate sum of US$3.5 billion.
But while BP faces litigation and steep fines, it is also gaining money from one of the US government’s stimulus programs. Over the next several years, as much as $308 million, $175 million of which is directly from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), will flow to a power plant outside of Bakersfield, California.
By Dan Heffernan Its going to be an interesting November. Polls show huge gains by the minority republican party nationwide. Incumbent Senator Barbara Boxer is fighting for her political life in a tough race against Carly Fiorina. Jerry Brown is looking for another reign as California’s governor, after a few decades “break”. And Californians have … Continued
Here’s a new spin on the climate change debate for ya… Tad Patzek, chair of the Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering Department at the University of Texas and well-known energy expert, has recently come out and said that climate change predictions should be revised. Is it because he uncovered the great liberal conspiracy of global warming? … Continued
The Colorado governor’s race is still in primary season, but the barbs, predictably, are already flying between the likely candidates. Republican front-runner Dan Maes, a darling of the Tea Party movement, will likely win the the GOP nomination to square off against Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, a popular and well-liked Democrat who has advocated a … Continued
It is perhaps the defining awareness of our time—the dawning realization that allowing our economy and ourselves to become so unabashedly dependent on fossil fuels to sustain our way of life, may not have been such a great idea.
At first there was the problem of pollution and smog, local impacts that were at least partly remediated by technological fixes. This was superseded in a big way by global warming, which has had us fretting now for several decades (and only now finally starting to take action). Add to that, the announcement that, despite our wishes that it weren’t so, oil and gas are not going to last forever, nor is coal, for that matter. Then, as underscored by our military entanglements in the Middle East, came what we thought was the final bit of bad news, the fact that a lot of the countries that we buy this stuff from are, a) pretty unstable and b) not particularly enamored of us. And for a while, that was the list…
A video interview published by Triple Pundit of Cisco DeVries, founder Renewable Funding by Bill Roth, founder of Earth 2017 and author of The Secret Green Sauce on Federal Housing Authority actions that has stopped PACE, a local program creating jobs, lowering electric bills and restoring the environment through providing loans for investments in energy efficiency and solar power that are paid back through property taxes on a building or home.
UK’s new Prime Minister David Cameron is taking bold steps to combat climate change, setting an example for the Obama administration and other world leaders. The government’s recently released comprehensive Annual Energy Statement highlights its four major initiatives:
I. Saving energy through the Green Deal and supporting vulnerable consumers
II. Delivering secure energy on the way to a low carbon energy future
III. Managing our energy legacy responsibly and cost-effectively
IV. Driving ambitious action on climate change at home and abroad
Like many governments on both sides of the pond, the UK has ambitious renewable energy goals but is struggling trying to meet them. One issue is wind: Britain receives a good share of it, but has struggled building small-scale wind farms because local councils have resisted, choosing to keep the view.
The Democratic Republic of Congo is the eye of the storm for these “conflict minerals.” The resource rich nation of 70 million people has already suffered decades of conflict, and the new riches have only exacerbated the problem for many of its citizens. Mines in Eastern Congo are often located in isolated regions, smack in the middle of armed guerillas who claim these areas as their turf.