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The Arctic Heats Up in the News

The Arctic Heats Up in the News

This brilliant little cartoon by Kevin Kallaugher in this week's number of "The Economist" sums up the "land rush" (or, more accurately, seabed rush) that's on to claim mineral rights at the North Pole.  See this article from "The Guardian" for good background on what's going on here, and this from Reuters.  Also, there's an […]

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Some Bad News and Some Good News

First of all, I have to apologize for being off the airwaves for so long.  We closed on a new apartment on Friday and that's got all sorts of busy work associated with it , and I've been decompressing a little since.  Plus, I had a print article on sustainability at airports that I was […]

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A Big Story, an Interesting Story, and a Challenge

Climate Change "Skeptics" – The big story is that "Newsweek's" cover this week has an arresting burning planet image, and the copy reads:  Global Warming Is A Hoax*  and the asterisked portion says "Or so claim well-funded naysayers who still reject the overwhelming evidence of climate change.  Inside the Denial Machine by Sharon Begley."  Now […]

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And the Winner Is

The Renewable Portfolio Standard!  The House just voted on the RPS amendment and it passed 220-190 , not nearly as close as many had thought.  To reiterate, it requires electricity suppliers to have 15% renewable energy in their mix by 2020.  See numerous references in the posts below to the RPS and to links for […]

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"And Maybe Tomorrow

I'll find what I'm after.  I'll throw off my sorrow; beg, steal or borrow, my share of laughter."*  So anyway, the Energy bill isn't going to the floor today.  In a wide-ranging press conference today, Nancy Pelosi said that the Renewable Portfolio Standard was being "whipped" by Tom Udall of NM and his cousin, Mark […]

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(Yet Another) Update on the House Energy Package

It appears that the Udall-Platts RPS amendment is going to the floor tomorrow.  Here is some coverage, Last Chance: RPS Vote Looming in House, from RenewableEnergyAccess.com, a website with excellent, up-to-date information on renewables.  The National Venture Capital Association's president is quoted here as bullish on the renewable energy industry.  Another arresting bit of news […]

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Another Update on House Energy Legislation

Okay, the suspense, at least on one important item, CAFE, is over for the moment.  The "Washington Post" reports House Drops Tougher Auto Fuel Economy.  Go to Speaker Pelosi's statement in which she says " we will have an opportunity to address this issue shortly.  The Senate energy bill does contain a CAFE provision, which […]

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Update on the House Energy Package

Tuesday Update – Here's what "Congressional Quarterly" is reporting as of midafternoon today:  Deal Clears Way For Friday House Vote on Energy Package.  For one thing, the tax package that the Senate rejected is back.  I lamented its exclusion in June in my post, The Morning After.  (See also earlier posts on how close the […]

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Energy Legislation in the House

We are poised for a big and hopefully exciting week on energy in the House.  At “CNNMoney.com” there’s a good comprehensive read, Energy debate moves to House, on what to look for this week.  As I’ve pointed out, there are a lot of good things that are not going to be subject to much debate, […]

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The International Green Building Movement

Hot off the presses, go here for my Great Decisions Analysis piece on some of the exciting developments in green building across the world. 

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Some Stories I've Been Saving

Sorry that I've been off the airwaves for a few days.  I think I got some sort of food poisoning at lunch on Friday.  It's not even safe being a vegetarian these days.  Plus I've had a few other irons in the fire which needed tending. Anyway, here are some stories that I think have good […]

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Green Flying

I’m working on an article now for a print publication on "green airports."  As Mr. Spock would say:  "Fascinating."  Here's an informative video clip from the European Union on aviation and climate change.  [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/tX1WfZ_Wrq4″ width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]  Really well done.  Also, here's an article from a recent number of "The Economist" – Travelling […]

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More Energy and Congress

National Petroleum Council Report – Okay, I will admit it: Because this was a report by the National Petroleum Council, from a task force led by ex-Exxon chief and vociferous global warming “skeptic” Lee Raymond, commissioned by a presidential administration that has been famously indifferent, if not hostile, to the environment, I didn’t take much […]

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Surfin' the Blogs

"Tell the teacher we're surfin', surfin' USA." From BlueClimate:  A report on an important analysis of Congress' draft energy legislation from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. From DeSmogBlog:  Some informative and fun "TV."     At TreeHugger:  A good review of Chris Mooney's new book, Storm World.  Chris is a really interesting thinker and writer […]

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Congestion Pricing in New York

"The best-laid schemes o’ mice an ‘men Gang aft agley, An’lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain, For promis’d joy!" Congestion pricing, a rollicking success story in London, Stockholm and Singapore, may have taken a massive hit yesterday when the NY State Legislature declined to advance the legislation necessary for New York City to proceed, […]

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