Defining Corporate Citizenship

How much of a role should business play in tackling global questions such as climate change, unemployment, restoring trust in the aftermath of the financial crisis and distributing international aid?  What is the nature and extent of the private sector’s responsibility in resolving these issues? At what point should corporations step alongside government and help … Continued

Plot to Stop AB32 Thickens

You might want to start taking notes on the effort in California to shelve the state’s landmark emissions control legislation, the Global Warming Solutions Act (aka AB32). It’s getting interesting. First off, the Sacramento Bee reports that papers filed today in Sacramento identify  Scott Folwarkow, Valero’s director of government affairs in California, and Jon Coupal, … Continued

More Solar Panels for San Jose Schools

San Jose extended its commitment to renewable energy this week, with a ground breaking ceremony for a 3.7 MW solar project to be built at six school sites in the East Side Union High School District. The ceremony took place at Santa Teresa High School in San Jose, and was attended by district, government and … Continued

AB32: Report Forecasts Job Losses, But Governor Says Hogwash

A report from California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office concludes that implementation of Assembly Bill 32, or AB32, would result in near-term job losses. But Governor Schwarzenegger isn’t buying it. AB32, or the Global Warming Solutions Act,  was passed in 2006 and calls for reducing California’s emissions of greenhouse gases to 1990 levels by 2020. But an … Continued

Energy Secretary Chu Fields Questions at ECO:nomics

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu, fresh from the inaugural ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit, was the final and perhaps most anticipated speaker at last week’s ECO:nomics conference. Throughout the conference, regulatory uncertainty had been the greatest complaint of energy execs and venture capitalists alike. In comparison, the recession had up to this point been addressed rather … Continued

Soda Tax Ideas Grow Among Local Governments

The notion of a soda tax has taken on new importance over the last few weeks as local governments increasingly consider the proposition–the term is loosely used to encompass any tax on sweetened beverages, both to be paid by the consumer and the producer. This week, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter put forth his 2011 budget … Continued

A Day of Energy at ECO:nomics

Allan Murray, Deputy Managing Editor of the Wall Street Journal, suggests that the Journal started its ECO:nomics conference several years ago largely because of the near certainty of federal carbon legislation. At the third annual ECO:nomics conference this week, prospects for such legislation (e.g., a price on carbon) are murkier. This uncertainty was one of … Continued

State of the World Forum Moved to Brazil as Washington Disappoints

In early February, the State of the World Forum announced a decision to cancel their Climate Leadership Summit scheduled for this week in Washington because, in the words of Forum President Jim Garrison, “this is simply not the right time to convene a major conference of this kind in the nation’s capitol.” Because, as the … Continued

Three Big Companies Gave USCAP The Shaft

This article has been updated since it was originally published. ConoccoPhillips recently pulled out of the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP), a coalition of businesses and environmental groups. Conocco is the third company to pull out, after the British oil giant, BP, and equipment manufacturer, Caterpillar. Conocco’s chairman and CEO, Jim Mulva said in a … Continued

Why a National Renewable Energy Standard *Is* a Jobs Bill

While we’re stoked that jobs bill passed, Congress must stop ignoring another major source of jobs- a national renewable energy standard. AWEA and Navigant Consulting report up 274,000 potential green jobs …

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Why Dismantling California’s AB32 Is Bad for Small Business

By: Cynthia Verdugo-Peralta When it comes to achieving sustained economic recovery in California, it seems that some individuals, who presently have the bully pulpit, are asking all the wrong questions—and not surprisingly, coming up with all the wrong answers.  They wonder–“What can we do to ‘protect’ California’s economy from AB32 (the state’s landmark energy security … Continued

EPA’s GHG Reduction Scenarios for Transport Sector

Environmental Protection Agency says various reduction scenarios could result in vehicle emission reductions of up 27 percent through 2030, which explains their recent actions on greenhouse gas regulations in the transport sector and general GHG reporting requirements for all companies. EPA also says that implementation of those scenarios could reduce the transportation sector’s cumulative oil consumption … Continued

The Problem With Oregon’s Business Energy Tax Credit

Oregon’s Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) allows businesses without ties to green energy buy credits at a discount and reduce their state income tax bills. There is a problem with the BETC. As Treehugger.com put it, Walmart “raked in $11 million by taking advantage of it—without ever touching a solar panel or a wind turbine.” … Continued

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What Does Yvo De Boer’s Resignation Mean for Climate Change Negotiations?

Yvo de Boer, head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, dropped a bomb shell when he announced his resignation last week. His last day will be July 1. He will join the consultancy group KPMG as global adviser on climate change. This leaves the UN with just a little over four months to … Continued

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What Corporate America Can Learn from the Grateful Dead

Editor’s Note: In its original form, this article used many phrases pulled (but not quoted) from Joshua Green’s article in the March issue of The Atlantic, which served as its inspiration. We’ve therefore revised the post. Our apologies to Mr. Green. Though I wasn’t born until 1978, I was a follower of the Grateful Dead. … Continued