Obama Declares October National Energy Awareness Month

President Obama declared October “National Energy Awareness Month” Wednesday, in a statement published on the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) website. Obama underscored the role of energy efficiency and clean energy in the well-being of the nation’s economy and the environment. He also called on the American people to focus on making clean energy choices … Continued

New Website Tracks Chamber of Commerce Climate Follies As Schism Grows

A new website created by the National Resources Defense Council urges companies to take a stand on the growing debate within the US Chamber of Commerce over the chamber’s stance on legislation addressing climate change. The website is an extension of the work being done by Peter Altman, the environmental watchdog’s Climate Campaign director, whose … Continued

What’s Wrong With the Dairy Industry?

While dairy farmers faced the worst crisis since the Great Depression, Dean Foods Co. reported a 31 percent profit increase for the quarter that ended June 30, and earned $64.1 million on sales of $2.7 billion that quarter. Dean Foods is the largest milk processor and distributor in the U.S., which a 2001 merger with … Continued

Does Nuclear Energy Have the Power to Save the Climate Bill?

Is nuclear energy the solution to our environmental woes – and can it save the climate bill? Apparently, the answer depends on who you ask. Some promote the benefits of nuclear power (for example, its lack of carbon emissions), while others argue its drawbacks (for example, the issue of storage, and whether nuclear is the … Continued

John Mackey, “Whole Foolishness”, and a Microcosm of the Green Movement

When it comes to healthcare, the adage “opinions are like behinds: everyone has one” is an understatement. Whole Foods CEO John Mackey is no exception. His two cents on the matter have garnered a lot of attention recently: first, through his op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), and, second, through a subsequent damage-control-type … Continued

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Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s Uphill Battle for Green Jobs

Michigan, one of the nation’s manufacturing and auto industry hubs, was among the states hardest hit by carmakers’ decline. Its governor, Jennifer M. Granholm, now faces the daunting task of rebuilding the state’s job market. The Washington Post reports on Granholm’s approach to the task, which includes turning to green industries to provide jobs. Apparently, … Continued

Cutting Emissions Immediately Is an Economic Imperative, Study Says

A new analysis by university economists suggests that we need to start fighting climate change now, while we can still afford it. But if we take the cautious approach advocated by some well-known academics, mitigating climate change will put us in the poor house. The Economics of 350, a detailed study put forth by Economics … Continued

Obama Aide Says Passage of Climate Bill Before Copenhagen Is Unlikely

President Obama’s aide and top climate and energy official, Carol Browner, confirmed Friday what many already feared: there is virtually no chance Congress will have a climate bill ready in time for the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen in December. Browner’s statement was the administration’s first definitive statement regarding passage of a climate and energy … Continued

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Exxon’s Tillerson Calls for Carbon Tax – Seriously?

With the Senate releasing their version of climate and energy legislation last week, renewed lobbying efforts from some quarters touting the benefits of more CO2 emissions, and our good friend Senator James Inhofe now saying that CO2 isn’t a “real” pollutant in his ongoing effort to mislead and misinform, I’m not really sure what to … Continued

Will China Have Cap and Trade Before the US?

Underlying anxiety over China’s rapid economic advance, including its aggressive moves into clean technology, is an ideological uncertainty: is the Chinese system of government, which is non-democratic, but seemingly capable of moving quickly and unilaterally, fundamentally better than our messy democratic system that sometimes (all of the time?) hobbles its effectiveness with political bickering? Now … Continued

Comcast Considers Buying Shares of NBC Universal

General Electric (GE) Co. owns 80 percent of NBC Universal and is in talks with Comcast to buy part of its shares, which would give Comcast a controlling stake. Comcast is the largest cable TV provider with 24 million subscribers, about a quarter of the nation’s cable TV subscribers. Comcast also owns cable stations such … Continued

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Apple Latest to Leave US Chamber of Commerce Over Climate Change

In what could only be called a growing trend, Apple Computer on Monday became the latest Fortune 500 company to resign from the United States Chamber of Commerce over the chamber’s anti-climate legislation stance. In a letter to the chamber, Catherine A. Novelli, the vice president of worldwide government affairs at Apple, wrote “we strongly … Continued

Dairy Farmers To Receive Federal Aid

Dairy farmers faced their greatest crisis since the Great Depression this summer. In July, the price they received for milk dropped 50 percent from December prices. In the meantime, large food companies are making excellent profits on dairy products, which is raising eyebrows. Last Wednesday, both chambers of Congress agreed to $350 million in aid … Continued

California Environment Initiatives Garner International Interest

Several dozen local officials and environmental groups from forest-rich nations (including Brazil and Mexico) gathered this week at Schwarzenegger’s Global Climate Summit, which was sponsored for the first time by the U.N. These leaders sought, in part, to determine ways to provide carbon credits to (California) companies willing to pay for industrial emissions offsets. By … Continued

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Road to Copenhagen: Bali to Bangkok

The “Road to Copenhagen” began on the Indonesian island of Bali at the COP13 climate conference in December of 2007. COP13 charted the intended course toward  Copenhagen, producing the Bali Roadmap (pdf) and the Bali Action Plan, setting forth the negotiating process designed to take the international community “beyond Kyoto” and produce an effective global response … Continued