Politics

Sea change at the SEC

By Erin Craig Like a frog in slowly heated water, we don’t tend to notice momentous changes happening right around us if they’re happening slowly enough. One such change, a big, momentous, but oh-so-slow change, made itself visible just briefly last month and it’s worth highlighting. Deep in the bowels of the Securities and Exchange Commission, a Feb. 2013 letter… read more →

What can we expect to hear from President Obama in his State of the Union address?

Climate change was a central topic in Obama’s inauguration speech in January. We hope that this means that more will be done in the fight against climate change, but politicians have failed to live up to their promises before. Can we expect to see the decreased fossil fuel consumption and foreign energy dependence, and a rise in domestic renewable energy… read more →

Carbon surcharges arrive on US flights

It's finally here. The first overt economic deterrent aimed at US consumers for their emissions of greenhouse gases has arrived on our shores. Figuratively, at least. This past week, most major US airlines levied a $3 ticket surcharge on all flights to and from European Union (EU) nations after a European court determined that the “EU Aviation Directive” can and… read more →

Transit. It’s taxing.

One of the less heralded benefits of the 2009 Recovery Act is a change in pre-tax commuter benefits. As with pre-tax health care and child care plans, commuter benefits allow you to set aside some of your paycheck before it’s taxed, and use that money to pay commute expenses - transit passes and parking. Employers also benefit from commuter benefits… read more →

This land was made for you and me

Before I start, I want to make a quick comment on behalf of the TerraPass Footprint (because we’ve gotten a lot of comments over the past few weeks, and I think there’s a bit of a misunderstanding of what the purpose of this blog is). The following content is MY opinion, and my opinion alone. While this blog is managed… read more →

Finally, a breath of fresh air for California cap-and-trade

If all goes according to plan, something rather amazing will happen this Thursday. The California Air Resources Board is set to consider, and probably adopt in final form, a market-based greenhouse gas emission control regulation. I wish this weren’t such an accomplishment. I wish I were not amazed. After all, market-based environmental controls have been in place in California since… read more →

Sign the petition for renewable energy!

One of the ways the White House encourages public participation in government is through online petitions. A recent petition caught our attention, and we'd like to encourage everyone to take a look and sign-on if you agree! The petition is to extend a program aimed at companies which invest in new renewable energy projects. For many years, the federal government… read more →

What do climate deniers and the Olympics have in common?

  • September 14, 2011
  • Politics
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For one thing, they seem to have their science wrong (or at the very least, need to hire a better publicist). A couple of weeks ago, Bloomberg reported that the London 2012 Organizing Committee (LOCOG) is “dropping” its carbon offset scheme, which it had formally pledged as part of its bid to host the 2012 Olympics. I don’t know that… read more →

The transparency of plastics

  • August 17, 2011
  • Politics
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I was going to take a break from the plastics talk, since I just blogged about Styrofoam, but it seems like other plastics have surfaced in the news this week. The Plastic Disclosure Project (PDP) is expected to officially launch this September. Modeled after the Carbon Disclosure Project, the PDP is an effort supported by a group of investors, who… read more →
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