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Interview: Cisco DeVries on Saving PACE

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.


New UK Prime Minister Sets Example for Obama on Climate Change

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

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UK Government Encourages Local Creation of Wind Energy

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.

US Law Requires Conflict Minerals Disclosure from Electronics Manufacturers

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.

BP Gulf Disaster Act Two: The Corexit Calamity

Now that BP’s spurting oil well in the Gulf of Mexico officially known as MC252 has apparently been shut in, and the relief well that will eventually reduce the pressure in the area, is almost done, it would be nice to think that the worst is over and all that remains now is the long, … Continued

Opinion on Overpopulation: Not so Fast, Fred

By Robert Walker When it comes to rapid population growth, Fred Pearce (who recently authored a guest post on 3p called “Overpopulation is the Wrong Focus“) wants to declare victory in the worst way. And he does. He does it by ignoring all the evidence to the contrary. He says, for example, “that the population … Continued

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As Climate Change Legislation Retreats, Are “Green Jobs” to Blame?

When debating climate change legislation, some would argue that green jobs would not make a difference because by creating a job, say, in the clean energy sector, you are taking away a job in the traditional fuel sector. Others would retort that is nonsense because many clean energy technologies are labor intensive, while churning out fossil fuels like petroleum relies on batch processing that does not require as much labor.

Why Sugary Foods Are So Plentiful In U.S. Schools

Sugar is one of the main ingredients in the American diet and sadly one of the most common foods fed to children: from chocolate milk to vending machines sugar is plentiful in American schools. My 10 year old nephew said to me a few weeks ago, “Too many kids at my school drink the chocolate … Continued


New Resource Bank Goes “B Corp”

San Francisco-based New Resource Bank has always maintained a triple bottom line approach to its operations dating back to the opening in 2005.  In fact, the bank has offset 100 percent of its electricity usage and company travel by purchasing renewable energy certificates and also partners with iReuse to track and reduce waste and consumption.   To complement this already green … Continued


Rebranding Tap Water: NYC Water-On-the-Go Campaign

More articles on the controversy surrounding bottled water can be found here! On a recent walk along New York City’s Union Square Park, I came across a beautiful sight: walking in 95-degree humid heat, I saw fountains and fountains of cold, clean, and free drinking water.  A city employee, wearing a ‘NYC Water’ t-shirt, urged … Continued

Lights Out for Climate Bill? Lights (and $$) On for Photosynthesis.

Cleantech played second fiddle to an unexpected mini-forum on carbon trading during the lunchtime session at last week’s Cleantech Open National Conference in San Jose. Attendees chomped on salad and gave half of their attention to a “rah-rah, go entrepreneurs” address by Jonathan Ortmans, senior fellow with the Kauffman Foundation, one of the event’s sponsors. … Continued

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National Mining Association Suing the Obama EPA

The National Mining Association is suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers. The NMA charges that both agencies are illegally denying member companies mining permits in Appalachia.


Calif. Climate Law Supporters Begin Ballot Battle

November is just 15 weeks away, and the battle over Proposition 23, a ballot measure that would suspend the implementation of California’s landmark climate change legislation, AB32, is heating up. The NRDC has started a YouTube campaign and a policy group, called the Bay Area Council, held a forum on AB32 on Thursday evening to … Continued

Climate Change: Too Many Thinkers, Not Enough Doers?

In a recent posting on the Harvard Business Review, Auden Schendler argues that rather than waiting for the next big idea, Americans should focus on what can and should be done now. Improving transportation, retrofitting buildings, and adopting current energy technologies like solar cannot wait another generation—they have got to be implemented widely now if mankind is going to survive. But instead, we are preoccupied with sharing ideas, either by social media or at live events, and all this dithering is getting us no where?