‘American Power Act’ Defangs EPA, Gives States Offshore Drilling Veto

A draft of the American Power Act, the aggressive, official name for what had been called variously “the climate bill,” “the energy bill,” or “KGL” was leaked online Tuesday night, the day before its official unveiling by Senate co-sponsors John Kerry and Joe Lieberman. The draft, which was first available on Joe Romm’s Climate Progress … Continued


Why Using Dispersants In Gulf Oil Spill Is a Tradeoff

“This is the largest, most comprehensive spill response mounted in the history of the United States and the oil and gas industry,” BP chief executive Tony Hayward said. Is it the correct response? BP is using chemicals, known as dispersants, to thin out the oil. These agents break up and “disperse” the oil. Sounds like … Continued


Besieged Climate Bill Due Out Tomorrow

Senators John Kerry and Joe Lieberman plan to introduce their climate bill tomorrow, three weeks later than first planned and in a political landscape thrown into chaos by the Gulf oil spill, leading many to conclude the bill’s prospects are about as dim as a bad air day in Beijing. The bill suffered its first … Continued

Poll Shows Gulf Spill Bolsters Support for Climate Legislation

The Gulf oil spill has had a profound impact on public support for climate legislation, with 61 percent of Americans now in favor of a bill that would limit pollution “in part by charging energy companies for carbon pollution in electricity or fuels like oil.” The Washington Post first reported on the poll (PDF), which … Continued

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Electric Vehicles Could Get a Break at the Port of Los Angeles

Electric vehicles can use all the help they can get to compete with their gasoline-powered brethren, and the Port of Los Angeles is eager to help. Under its newly proposed “ZERO Emission Vehicle Tariff Measure,” the Port would lower tariffs on EVs and other zero-emissions vehicles by 15 percent. The reduction would help the Port … Continued

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US Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Energy Down Record 7 Percent in 2009

The Energy Information Administration reported this week that US carbon dioxide emissions from energy use were down 7 percent in 2009. The reduction, the largest since the EIA began record-keeping in 1949, was due to both the effects of the Great Recession and longer-term trends in the economy. The EIA figure includes emissions from power … Continued

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AB32’s Job Economics

I served as a corporate sponsor of AB32, California’s pioneering legislation that was passed in 2006 setting a 2020 goal for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20%. One reason for doing so was my analysis as a professional economist that renewable energy is a path for America’s prosperity, including job growth. A ballot initiative … Continued


Getting Cities Ready for Electric Cars

The Rocky Mountain Institute recently announced a new initiative called Project Get Ready (PGR), to help cities prepare for the wave of electric vehicles that is coming soon. According to a survey by Capitol One Auto Finance, 78% of sampled drivers believe that electric vehicles will have a strong and permanent place among automobiles in … Continued

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Suspension of AB32 Likely Headed to Voters as Opponents Point to Louisiana

A campaign to suspend California’s landmark greenhouse gas law, known as AB32, has succeeded in gathering enough signatures to put the question on the November ballot. The California Jobs Initiative gathered over 800,000 signatures in support of their ballot initiative, almost twice the amount needed. The initiative seeks to suspend AB32, which puts a cap … Continued

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Environmentalists Protest Schwarzenegger Flip-Flop on Drilling Plan

The Deepwater Horizon disaster has claimed its first political victim, a compromise plan over offshore drilling in California which might have actually reduced drilling there over the long term. On Monday, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger pulled his support for the plan, which would have allowed new drilling into the Tranquillon Ridge formation off the coast of … Continued

Santa Barbara Drilling Plan Faces Bad PR From Gulf Oil Spill

Last week Triple Pundit reported on a breakthrough compromise between environmentalists and an oil company over the future of offshore drilling near Santa Barbara, Calif. But renewed fears of oil spills raised by the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico may have changed the political landscape, potentially dooming the only viable plan to actually … Continued


Cape Wind Project Approved in Huge Boost For American Clean Energy

[UPDATED] This afternoon in Boston, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that a massive wind farm off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, would move forward, despite intense local opposition. Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts said construction on the farm was expected to start within a year. “America needs offshore wind power and with … Continued


Measuring the Business Impact of Community Involvement

Glenn Gutterman You can’t manage what you don’t measure, or so the aphorism goes. This summer, the Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship (BCCCC) will launch a framework to assess the business impact of community involvement (CI) programs. The framework will empower corporate citizenship practitioners to make a compelling internal case for their programs. After … Continued


Sick Streams: Environmentalists Mass Against Massey

The Sierra Club and other environmental groups are ratcheting up the pressure on Massey Energy with a lawsuit that charges five Massey coal subsidiaries with thousands of Clean Water Act permit violations. Sierra Club, the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Coal River Mountain Watch and the West Virginia Highlands Conservancy went after Massey – America’s fourth … Continued

Santa Barbara Drilling Compromise Faces Skepticism

Politicians and activists on both the left and the right often speak of striking “a balance” between environmental and business concerns. Yet when just such a balance is proposed, many run for the exits. Nowhere is this more apparent than with the issue of offshore drilling, first after President Obama’s controversial decision last month to … Continued