China Caps Investment in Industry – May Limit Green Technology Development

China ordered sweeping limits on investment in cement, steelmaking, and other industries Wednesday, in an apparent effort to curb overexpansion and its snowball effect. (China’s hefty stimulus package, and a mandate that banks increase lending sharply in the first half of the year, spurred an investment boom that has analysts worried.) While preventing these issues … Continued

Nike Resigns From Board of US Chamber of Commerce, Citing Climate Change Differences

Nike, a global leader in sustainability issues, announced today it was resigning from its position on the US Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors because opposition by the chamber to proposed climate change legislation. Nike will continue to hold membership in the 3-million strong trade association. This news follows the resignation from the chamber of … Continued

Exelon Leaves Chamber of Commerce Over Climate Change

As a sign of growing corporate support to climate change legislation, a string of companies have left the chamber in recent weeks.  Exelon, one of the largest utilities in the US and the third to leave the Chamber, made the announcement Monday. The Chicago-based company sells electricity and gas in four states and is the … Continued

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Can California Meet Renewable Energy Goal with a Mandate?

Just before the California legislative season ended in mid-September, lawmakers passed two bills that would require 33 percent of California’s energy to be generated from renewable resources by 2020—a more aggressive goal than what the three-year old AB32 (California’s Global Warming Solutions Act) had set and the most aggressive renewable energy requirement in the nation.

Democrats Boxer and Kerry to Introduce Climate Legislation in Senate

If Democratic Senators John Kerry and Barbara Boxer are successful Wednesday, they might nudge Senate negotiations on climate change a bit closer to, well, starting. Kerry and Boxer are scheduled to introduce some global warming legislation – the Boxer-Kerry bill – on which they collaborated for some nine months. The Senators hope the bill will … Continued

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Quitting the US Chamber of Commerce: The Newest Eco-Fad?

Now that a third large utility has dropped out of the US Chamber of Commerce over its stance on climate change legislation, the question arises: is this just a passing squall or the beginning of a serious public relations brouhaha? Exelon, the country’s largest provider of gas and electricity, has joined Pacific Gas & Electric … Continued

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Why the G20 Is Not About Climate Change — And Shouldn’t Be

It seems as if every gathering of more than two political leaders these days is being trumpeted as an opportunity to advance the fight against global warming, and when those said leaders go home without having secured any sort of promise or commitment on that front, the meeting is seen as a failure. The most … Continued

EPA To Require Mandatory Report of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a final ruling for mandatory reporting of greenhouse gases (GHG) from large emissions sources in U.S. on September 22, 2009. The EPA calls the ruling a “comprehensive, nationwide emissions data.” Facilities that emit 25,000 metrics tons or more of carbon dioxide a year will be required to report their … Continued

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Kansas City’s Green Impact Zone – A Vision for 21st Century Urban Renewal

By Andrea Buffa, The Apollo Alliance U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II (D-Mo.) had a vision for how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) could benefit the urban core of Kansas City, Missouri, where he served as mayor from 1991 – 1999. The city would create a 150-block “Green Impact Zone,” where federal dollars could … Continued

Is Arnold Schwarzenegger a Renaissance Man in the Green Fight?

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is geared up for the green fight, Reuters reports. The actor-turned-politician recently told sources he’s ready to use his resources – whether they be political or Hollywood-related – to help the Obama administration succeed in creating a more sustainable world. His comments underscored both the U.S.’s role in the worldwide green … Continued

Age of Stupid Inspires UK Campaign to Dramatically Cut Emissions

The Age of Stupid was more than just a disturbing film -— for many it was a serious call to action. At a September launch in Great Britain, Age of Stupid Director Franny Armstrong unveiled the 10:10 Campaign to great fanfare at the Tate Museum, with thousands of individuals and businesses promising to cut their … Continued

Stockholm and IBM Drive Intelligent Transport

Intelligent transport seems more like an oxymoron than a green transportation initiative, especially in the U.S., but with impetus from IBM there are positive results to report on two fronts: city congestion and pollution. The controversial debate about using taxes and fees to control wasteful driving habits while helping the environment could enter a new … Continued

Senate Blocks Proposal to Keep Bush-Era Offshore Drilling Policy

The issue of whether or not to drill for oil and gas along the Atlantic and Pacific coasts has come to a head again, this time in a Senate’s vote Wednesday against keeping the Bush-era offshore drilling policy in place. Could it be that, by shooting down this policy, Senators opened the door for a … Continued

REALLY, MEG? Suspending Climate-Change Legislation AB32 is Backwards Thinking

Editor’s note: The following was published earlier on CleanTechnica by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom in response to Meg Whitman’s Op-Ed suggesting that California Governor Schwarzenegger put “a moratorium on most AB32-related rules. And if he does not, [she] will issue that order on [her] first day as governor.” CleanTechnica is doing its best to … Continued