Californians Reject One Anti-Environment Initiative But Vote For Another

Two propositions appeared on the ballot which could gut California’s Global Warming Solutions Act or AB 32. Proposition 23 would have suspended AB 32 until the unemployment rate stayed at 5.5 percent for one year. Fortunately, 61.4 percent of Californians voted against Proposition 23. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said of Proposition 23’s defeat, “This was a … Continued

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Smoke Filled Clouds Won’t Cast A Shadow on the Solar Industry

In a way, saying that we should continue to use coal instead of solar because of the cost of installing solar is too high is not that different than saying we should take showers using bottled water because the cost of installing indoor plumbing is too high.

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CDP Pushes Cities to Disclose Their Climate Impact

CDP points out that the world’s population is becoming even more and more urban. Cities only occupy about 2% of the world’s land, but house half of its population. Despite the contributions of agriculture to pollution and climate change, the CDP-Accenture report maintains that cities could contribute up to 80% of the globe’s total emissions. The effects are numerous: many of these cities are in coastal areas, making them vulnerable to rising oceans. Health issues are numerous, especially on children and the elderly. Tourism and the local business climate could be affected as well. Not all is lost, however.

Largest Donor To Prop 23 Has Ties To Alberta Tar Sands

By now if you know anything about California’s ballot initiative Proposition 23 then you are familiar with the Texas oil company Valero. Besides being the largest donor to the pro-Proposition 23 campaign, Valero has ties to the tar sands in Alberta, BC, Canada. The Texas oil company owns several Alberta area refineries. Bill Day, Valero … Continued

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Green Jobs or Asthma? San Diego CEOs Organize to Defeat Prop 23

Passage of this proposition would effectively repeal the landmark Clean Energy Law, AB32. In anticipation of AB32 being implemented, the group has seen a boom of clean energy technology businesses that has created more than 500,000 new jobs and $9.1 billion in private equity investments to our state. In fact, clean technology jobs are growing at a rate 10 times the average of other industries.

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Welcome to Detroit: WindSpire Moves Towards a Sustainable Future

The Net Impact Conference 2010 at Ann Arbor, Michigan, officially begins this afternoon.  But if you are flying into Detroit Metro Airport en-route to the conference, you may be in for a unofficial greeting of this years theme “a vision for a sustainable decade.”  You will see renewable energy in action.

A Look At Prop 23 Donations

Looking at the donations given in support of Proposition 23 is interesting. The top donor is a Texas-based oil company, Valero, which gave a total of $5,075,315. Last week, Valero gave $1 million, according to Maplight.org figures. The second largest donor is Tesoro, another Texas-based oil company, which gave a total of $2,040,637. Last week … Continued

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Proposition 23’s Eclectic Opposition Versus Its Oily Supporters

California ballot initiative Proposition 23 is pitting out-of-state fossil fuel companies against a plethora of people who oppose it, including Bill Gates and Google Inc. co-founder Sergey Brin. Both Gates and Brin have recently contributed to the anti-Proposition 23 campaign. Add President Obama to the list of those opposed to the proposition. “The president is … Continued

Supporters of Prop 23 Suffer From Pinocchio Syndrome

The Pinocchio syndrome is in strong evidence this election season, particularly when it comes to the California ballot initiative Proposition 23. A debate last week at UCLA about Proposition 23 is evidence. The debate involved Dorothy Rothrock, California Manufacturers and Technology Association (CMTA) Vice President and Terry Tamminen, CEO of Seventh Generation Advisors. Listed below … Continued

Is Google’s Dive Into Undersea Power a New Model for Renewable Growth?

Nature abhors a vacuum, and since the economy is part of nature (and not the other way around!), it should not be surprising to see that in the absence of any meaningful government action on climate change, a development that will surely drive billions of investment sooner or later, other players are going to step … Continued

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Prop 23 Morphing Into Prop 26: Both Clean Economy Killers

By Jay Kimball, founder of 8020 Vision Support for Prop 23 is waning. That’s good news, but the fight is not over. If you didn’t like Prop 23, you’re really not going to like Prop 26. Out of state big oil was backing Prop 23, and seeing that as a lost cause, they are shifting … Continued

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India: From Dirty Fuels to Clean and Green in 60 Seconds?

By Suzanne York As a nation of 1.1 billion people and growing, with a robust economy, India is a crucial player on the global climate stage.  Will it move from its current reliance on fossil fuels, especially coal, or will it take steps to a clean energy future, and balance an expanding economy and populace … Continued