Why Dismantling California’s AB32 Is Bad for Small Business

By: Cynthia Verdugo-Peralta When it comes to achieving sustained economic recovery in California, it seems that some individuals, who presently have the bully pulpit, are asking all the wrong questions—and not surprisingly, coming up with all the wrong answers.  They wonder–“What can we do to ‘protect’ California’s economy from AB32 (the state’s landmark energy security … Continued

EPA’s GHG Reduction Scenarios for Transport Sector

Environmental Protection Agency says various reduction scenarios could result in vehicle emission reductions of up 27 percent through 2030, which explains their recent actions on greenhouse gas regulations in the transport sector and general GHG reporting requirements for all companies. EPA also says that implementation of those scenarios could reduce the transportation sector’s cumulative oil consumption … Continued

The Problem With Oregon’s Business Energy Tax Credit

Oregon’s Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) allows businesses without ties to green energy buy credits at a discount and reduce their state income tax bills. There is a problem with the BETC. As Treehugger.com put it, Walmart “raked in $11 million by taking advantage of it—without ever touching a solar panel or a wind turbine.” … Continued


What Does Yvo De Boer’s Resignation Mean for Climate Change Negotiations?

Yvo de Boer, head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, dropped a bomb shell when he announced his resignation last week. His last day will be July 1. He will join the consultancy group KPMG as global adviser on climate change. This leaves the UN with just a little over four months to … Continued


What Corporate America Can Learn from the Grateful Dead

Editor’s Note: In its original form, this article used many phrases pulled (but not quoted) from Joshua Green’s article in the March issue of The Atlantic, which served as its inspiration. We’ve therefore revised the post. Our apologies to Mr. Green. Though I wasn’t born until 1978, I was a follower of the Grateful Dead. … Continued

Beyond Olympic Glory: Athletes Blast Canada’s Tar Sands Industry

The Winter Olympics this year in Vancouver, BC, is a little more than the usual venue for endless corporate advertising and big money sponsorship of “amateur” athletes, thanks to the Sierra Club and its campaign against Canada’s tar oil sands extraction industry. A few prominent winter athletes are joining with various international environmental groups in … Continued

Brace for Impact: the West Coast Anticipates Electric Vehicles

It’s hard not to see the flurry of activity preceding Dec 2010’s slated electric vehicle launches as an expression of joyous excitement. A range of stakeholders are taking action, and coordinating to prepare for widespread electric vehicle ownership. But are they in fact preparing for a new Golden Age in transportation, for the most significant … Continued


House Resolution Passed in Utah: Climate Change a Conspiracy

Hundreds of private e-mail messages and documents hacked from a computer server last November caused a stir among global warming skeptics, who said they show that climate scientists conspired to overstate the case for a human influence on climate change. These events, combined with constant back and forth debate, have left people here in America, … Continued

What The U.S. Can Learn From Denmark About Health Care

President Obama touted the merits of computerizing health records last year. “This will cut waste, eliminate red tape, and reduce the need to repeat expensive medical tests,” said Obama. “It won’t just save billions of dollars and thousands of jobs — it will save lives by reducing the deadly but preventable medical errors that pervade … Continued


Is the Tea Party the Alternative Energy Party?

I have to be honest. I don’t know much about the Tea Party movement. But as someone who sees our two party system as offering little more than the illusion of a real and effective democracy, I applaud any group that stands up and forces the status quo to take notice. In fact, after doing … Continued

Commerce Secretary Organizes Climate Change Office

A little-known agency within the Commerce Department, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will become the Obama Administration’s focal point for climate change information and services. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke says NOAA is launching a separate unit, NOAA Climate Service, to address the nation’s “fast-accelerating climate information needs.” The agency is also creating a … Continued


Is Climate Change Legislation Dead in 2010?

The latest chatter on the Hill is that climate legislation is not likely to pass this year. High jobless numbers, financial reform and the health care debate continue to thwart efforts focused on the environment. It is possible that the Senate will settle for an energy-only bill and call it a day. The likelihood of … Continued

Groups Sue California Over Low Carbon Fuel Standard

Last week the American Trucking Association (ATA) and the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association (NPRA) filed a lawsuit against California’s low-carbon fuel mandate, which calls for the state’s petroleum dependence to be reduced by 20 percent by 2020. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) adopted the standard last April. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. … Continued

China Now World Leader in Smart Grid Investment

Just imagine if we were only now building our first electric infrastructure. Of course that would mean that we’d be decades behind our other modern counterparts. But it would also mean that we’d be in a position to build it using the very latest and best technology. That is exactly the position China is in … Continued


Why Electric Vehicles Worry California Power Regulators

Though historically high gas prices provide a strong market demand for electric vehicles (EVs) in California, it is the state with an electric grid that is the least able to support these cars. With automakers set to launch at least a dozen EV models by 2012, California’s electricity regulators are scrambling to respond to the … Continued