Are We Closer To Passing Climate Change Legislation?

Today is Blog Action Day and the theme is climate change. The Congress has yet to pass climate change legislation. The biggest obstacles to passing legislation that would reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are the Republicans in Congress who are largely opposed to mandatory caps on emissions. It may be possible, however, to pass the … Continued

HVAC Industry Proposes Regional Efficiency Standards

A group of U.S. HVAC (heating, venting and air conditioning) manufacturers signed a deal Tuesday designed to improve regional efficiency standards and building codes throughout the country. The proposed standards are also aimed at balancing the desire for greater state and regional flexibility with the need for a uniform HVAC marketplace, and stabilizing the HVAC … Continued

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Scaling Back En Route to Copenhagen

About 53 days until COP15, and the word compromise is surfacing more and more in discussions around reaching an agreement in December. There is also worry that the U.S. will not have passed any sort of significant climate bill by then, thus hampering their ability to make any real CO2 emissions pledge. In a joint … Continued

Blue Source, Goldman in “Largest Publicly Announced” Carbon Offset Deal

Carbon offset developer Blue Source announced the completion of the “largest publicly announced U.S. offset deal” (his description, reportedly): a $12 million carbon transaction between Blue Source and Goldman Sachs Group. The deal reportedly met Climate Action Reserve (CAR) and Voluntary Carbon Standard quality standards. It also included credits from North Carolina’s Alligator River Forestry … Continued

Obama’s Nobel Prize – What Effect Could it Have on the Copenhagen Conference?

Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize score could have numerous implications – including potential benefits for the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen (scheduled for December 7th through 18th). According to a Reuters report, some analysts believe the award could push Obama to attend the Conference, in part because officials will hand over the prize in nearby Oslo … Continued

Saudi Arabia to Seek Financial Aid if World Reduces Oil Dependence

Saudi Arabia may join the list of countries seeking financial aid over the UN climate deal. According to a Forbes.com report, during the UN’s recent greenhouse gas talks in Bangkok, Saudi Arabia campaigned quietly for financial compensation should a climate deal substantially reduce the world’s use of fossil fuels. The country appears to be motivated … Continued

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