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Federal Energy Legislation

After working in government for 11 years (in a state environmental agency) and having been an environmental and political activist for a fair number of years before, during and after that, I have come to have a healthy skepticism — okay cynicism — about the reach of good public policy in legislation and actual real […]

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"The Shape of Things to Come"*

Sorry that I've been off the air since early last week.  Wednesday through Friday, I was attending the annual conference of an international scholarly association, for which I am the newsletter editor.  I also gave a paper there.  Saturday, it was an all-day rugby tournament, a fundraiser for an injured clubmate of ours.  Yesterday, I […]

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Notes and Quotes

As always these days, there's an awful lot going on.  Here are what I hope you'll find to be pretty interesting items: Carbon Dioxide by U.S. States , The A.P. took USDOE data and analyzed it and found some interesting numbers.  Not surprisingly, some of the leading states for population lead the nation in carbon […]

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The White House

No matter how you slice it, global warming or climate change, according to a news search on Google, U.S. President George Bush's announcement yesterday got a lot of attention.  There are over a thousand stories on Bush and either "climate change" or "global warming."  From Bangkok to Bloomington, from Vladivostok to Vincennes, what the White […]

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Green Power Conferences

This events firm, "established in 2003 by a team of professional, environmentally aware event experts," have held conferences with over 4,000 attendees from 76 countries.  You should check out their upcoming events and visit their "live" blog from the conference they're holding now in London.  They've got interesting content, including some "vlogs."  One post, "7 […]

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Green Tech, Low Tech, Clean Tech, New Tech

I continue to be fascinated by the burgeoning of all sorts of new approaches to generating energy and saving energy.  I mentioned in my post from May 16 on the Large Cities Summit that George David, the CEO of United Technologies, had some fascinating things to say about using energy and the potential for radically […]

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Good Grief, More Carbon Markets

So, earlier this week I dropped in to the Carbon Finance & Investment Summit , "Where Carbon Players Come To Do Business."  Okay.  I sat in on two sessions:  Carbon Funds' Plans And Strategies In The Carbon Space and Private Equity And Hedge Funds' Plans And Strategies In The Carbon Space.  Of the twelve worthy […]

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Africa and Climate Change

My colleague, Derek Catsam, has been doing some great work on Africa. One of his latest posts is on Africa and Climate Change. See some of the important themes he's developing, including Capetown as a "green" city. While you're visiting, read up on some of the many important issues associated with Africa and Derek's astute […]

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Some Different Angles

Carbon Offsetting , I've touched on offsets a few times along the way since March:  in "The Business of Green" and in Markets, and of course, in the last post below from Kate Hamilton on Carbon Expo. Here's a succinct description of offsets from a "NY Times" article from May 8, Sale of Carbon Credits Helping […]

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Carbon Expo

There's an event in New York this coming week called the Carbon Finance & Investment Summit which I'll visit and on which I'll report.   I talked about the carbon market, and others, in the post from April 19, Markets.   I then mentioned an event in Cologne, Carbon Expo, that took place at the beginning of […]

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C40 – The Finale

Yesterday morning, they had a press conference to wind the summit up. As I sat waiting for Ken Livingstone to start the proceedings, I thought about how long it had taken to get here. Finally, there’s enormous momentum from governments at all levels, as well as from industry and finance, and all working with the […]

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More Climate Summit

On Wednesday, L.A.’s mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, announced his city’s Green LA plan, which incorporates a commitment to 35% use of renewables by 2020.  The Green LA plan is not unlike “PLANYC” in emphasizing energy efficiency, renewables, mass transit and alternative fuels for surface transport, etc. The afternoon session, “Cities Can Thrive in a Low-Carbon Economy,” was led […]

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Large Cities Summit

The Summit started in earnest yesterday.  Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London, and Chair of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, had some opening remarks, including these which are very direct indeed.  (The C40 is in partnership with the Clinton Climate Initiative.  I'll have more to say about President Clinton and the CCI in a later post.) In a separate […]

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Solar Boating and Green Building

Solar Boating and Green Building

The C40 Large Cities Climate Summit kicked off on a gorgeous spring day today in the Big Apple.  Thirty-two mayors are here with their delegations.  There are 46 cities represented, from six continents. There's been considerable press on this, a couple of hundred by Google's count, including this from Reuters "London mayor says cities lead […]

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Meetings

Bonn – The UNFCC has big meetings going on now in Bonn.  The scientific and technological advice wizards as well as the policy wonks, aka the Subsidiary Body for Implementation (SBI), have been hard at work since May 7.  There are 2,000 participants from governments, business and industry, environmental organizations and research institutions.  Next week, […]

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