End Both Fossil Fuel and Clean Energy Subsidies

Last week President Obama touched on sustainability themes during the State of the Union address.  He called for ending federal oil subsidies and shifting that money over to clean energy.  Sounds great for sustainability, right?  Not quite. To quote the President, “I’m asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to … Continued


CSR Secrets the Government Isn’t Telling

The following is part of the Crowds of Ratings series by our friends at CSRHub (a 3p sponsor) – offering free sustainability and corporate social responsibility ratings on over 5,000 of the world’s largest publicly traded companies. 3p readers get 40% off CSRHub’s professional subscriptions with promo code “TP40“. By Bahar Gidwani In theory, governments … Continued

Redditch Crematorium, UK

Dead Man Swimming? UK Crematorium to Heat Local Swimming Pool

The Redditch Council wants to warm its Abbey Stadium sports center, including its swimming pool, heat from its neighboring crematorium. By the transfer of heat from the crematorium’s incinerators to a system that would warm the sports and leisure facility, the town estimates that it could not only conserve energy, but save about UK£14,000 (about US$23,000).


Energy is a Consumer Issue. Why are we Drowning it in Politics?

By Brian F. Keane I’ve spent much of the last decade marketing clean energy and energy efficiency to the American people. And I’m worried that we’re about to blow it. Let me explain. A little over 30 years ago, then-President Jimmy Carter held a press conference on the roof of the White House. The subject: … Continued


The Scary Deception of the “Water Advocacy Coalition”

The Water Advocacy Coalition (WAC) appears to be an environmental group whose goal is to protect the nation’s waterways. The group’s website, protectmywater.org contains a banner that reads “Protect the Clean Water Act,” and a photo slide show of streams and mountain lakes. The group’s bio on its Facebook and Twitter (@ProtectCWA) account states, “Our … Continued

Spruced Down: Going to the Mountaintop and Saving It

A 12-year battle with Big Coal over the future of one of the largest West Virginia mountaintop removal coal mines was resolved this week when the Environmental Protection Agency “vetoed” Spruce Mine No. 1. Since 1998, the Sierra Club along with Coal River Mountain Watch, WV Highlands Conservancy, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Public Justice … Continued


House Continues to Delay Clean Air Act Safeguards

By Dan Lashof, Director of NRDC’s climate center (Originally published on NRDC’s Switchboard Blog. Since taking control of the House of Representatives last week, key Committee Chairmen have used heated rhetoric to justify their efforts to block EPA from updating Clean Air Act safeguards with new standards to reduce emissions of life-threatening pollution from power … Continued

downtown Seoul, Korea

Korean Investment in Clean Energy Nears US$1 Billion

While many clean energy advocates and investors around the world laud German innovation and watch China’s surge in the development of technologies such as solar and wind energy, Korea has continued its commitment to boosting its clean energy sector.


EPA’s “Power Grab” More of a Tiptoe

Under the Bush Administration, greenhouse gases were not considered pollutants. The question was settled in a Supreme Court case in 2007, and whether you agree or not, it is settled law. Now the EPA is enforcing the law. And many denounce this move as a “power grab.”


Australia’s Plan for a Zero-Carbon Economy by 2020

According to Beyond Zero Emissions’ Zero Carbon Australia 2020 Stationary Energy Plan, “a combination of energy efficiency, fuel switching from gas and oil to electrified energy services, then using a combination of commercially available off-the-shelf renewable energy technologies, Australia’s energy needs can be met with 100% renewables,” by 2020 in an economically feasible manner. The study estimates the incremental cost per household to be $8 per week.


Guardian’s ‘Greenest-Government-Ever’ Meter Priorities

Damian Carrington at the Guardian has it right that the coalition government probably won’t do very well on the “greenest government ever-o-meter.” But probably more for the reasons suggested in the comments of the article than for the factors that Carrington outlines: national forests, flood defense, and high speed rail. While these are important they … Continued


Code for America: Hackers Helping Municipalities

Evidently corporate America needs to encourage a hacker culture to bounce back, and now local governments need hackers to help them solve their ever-increasing problems using their ever-decreasing budgets. Modeled after Teach for America, Doctors Without Borders and Architecture for Humanity, Code for America (CfA) officially launched on January 5, 2011. The brightest minds on the Internet … Continued


BOEMRE Issues A New Rule For Offshore Drilling

By David Pettit, NRDC (Originally published on NRDC’s Switchboard Blog). On January 3, 2011, the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (“BOEMRE”) issued a new rule affecting thirteen oil companies whose drilling activities in the Gulf of Mexico were suspended by the federal moratorium following the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout.  … Continued


EPA Regulations in GOP Crosshairs

Last year, after successfully being vilified as “Cap-and-Tax,” Cap-and-Trade was defeated. Not that I was particularly upset about it. . . After all, cap-and-trade was a very complex solution to an easily rectifiable problem. That doesn’t mean it wouldn’t have worked; a similar scheme to cap sulfur dioxide back in 1990 proved successful… Initiated by … Continued