The new U.S. gas mileage standards for cars that was supposed to be released on August 15th, has been delayed. The final rule will make it mandatory for car manufacturers to raise the average fuel economy of cars and light-duty trucks to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025.
Policy & Government
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In 2011, 32 percent of all electric generation capacity added to the grid came from wind. However, much of that growth benefited from the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) which has helped to stimulate investment. The credit is scheduled to expire at the end of 2012 unless it is renewed.
Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of New York launched through its philanthropic arm a competition between mayors of cities with populations of 30,000 or greater, challenging them to come up with innovative ideas to “solve major challenges and improve city life“ for the chance to win a $5 million grand prize or one of four $1 million prizes. Welcome to the Mayors Challenge.
Taken out of context, Obama does sound somewhat patronizing. But put the remark in its full context (see below) and it is clear that Obama was referring to public roads and highways and the many other things that government provides to make business possible.
Stan Cox is a senior researcher at the Land Institute. His book, Losing Our Cool: Uncomfortable Truths About Our Air Conditioned World, describes the threat that our ever-increasing need for air conditioning poses to efforts to maintain our planetary climate within its natural limits.
The Ecosystem-Based Management summit goals were to increase participant knowledge, decrease duplicate efforts, and encourage partnerships within the area in order to share resources.
Xcel Energy achieved the record in the pre-dawn hours in April, when wind power accounted for 57% of electricity flowing through its transmission lines, clearly demonstrating that US electric utilities can incorporate a lot more in the way of wind and other renewable power production into their systems.
With the help of new software platforms, like Crowdbrite, citizen participation forums and workshops in the digital age are becoming opportunities for highly transparent community-based global interaction. The Bay2Rio+20 initiative is working to create interactive opportunities for people from all over the world to contribute to discussions that promote city-scale collaboration for sustainable development and policy innovation in the new Green Economy.
Renewable energy trade conflicts with China are heating up and blowing strong. The latest action by the Commerce Department has set tariffs that could go as high as high as 73 percent on imports of utility-scale wind towers from China
Already one of the most “solar connected” electric utilities in the US, New Jersey’s PSE&G is looking to build on the success of its solar power programs…in a big way.
Extracting materials from beneath the ground that will eventually be depleted could certainly be the very definition of an unsustainable activity, especially considering the inevitable collateral damage that occurs. When those materials are burned as fuel, giving off greenhouse gases that overwhelm our planetary system’s ability to absorb them, thereby putting our entire planet’s thermal … Continued