Politics

Clean tech goes east

On the environmental front, we generally hear much bad news coming out of China. China has experienced extraordinary economic growth (annual increases in GDP of 8-9%), much of it at the expense of the environment. The stats are real and bleak. Just to highlight a few from a previous World Bank report (pdf): - Between 2000 and 2005, energy consumption… read more →

Stop throwing rocks

  • May 18, 2011
  • Politics
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Last week, the Sierra Club’s California lobbying arm issued a letter (.pdf) urging Governor Jerry Brown to “re-evaluate” California’s cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emission, particularly the program’s rules regarding use of offsets. A quick refresher on what’s been going on here in the Golden State. In 2006, then-Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law California’s Global Warming Solutions Act, known… read more →

2012, already?

Though I should have seen it coming, I was still a bit taken aback when the first fundraising appeal hit my inbox last week after President Obama announced (to no one's surprise) that he would be running for re-election in 2012. So soon, I thought? As you may have heard, the President's team will attempt to raise a billion dollars… read more →

Fox News goes “carbon neutral”

Occasionally we see examples of how it should be done - the prototype of a corporate sustainability program that makes good business sense, articulates long-term goals (and sticks with them), and acknowledges the importance of environmental issues for companies across multiple industries. The fact that one such example is News Corporation, the parent company of Fox News and the Wall… read more →

Climate action rebound

Like many discoveries, it was accidental. But it nonetheless confirmed a market trend that we’ve been seeing over the past few months: carbon offsetting is on the rise. It started with a technical glitch in our email renewal system (for which we apologized and are still sincerely sorry). A string of renewal emails erroneously went out to a large segment… read more →

The end is nigh?

Against the backdrop of the failure of comprehensive climate change legislation and the ongoing attacks against environmental protections already in place, now feels like an appropriate time to turn to a more basic question: are we doomed? A lot is riding on the answer, so it's no surprise that both scientists and economists have put quite a bit of effort… read more →

Smarten up, people

Though it’s been brewing for a while, there was still something surprising about this recent article in the New York Times walking through the complaints mounting against California utility PG&E’s smart meter program. When reports broke during initial deployment that some meters were recording inaccurately, it was hard not to sympathize with both the consumers forced to appeal to PG&E… read more →

Committed to reducing my impact

I was emailing with a friend the other day, bemoaning the way I've been flying much more than I want to. Lately I've become a fan of the new Skype beta, which allows 3-way video. The service is good enough that I have been able to cut out some air travel, which makes me think that even if they start… read more →

Update on California Propositions 26 and 23

By now most everyone paying attention to climate change knows that Californians rallied to hand Proposition 23 a smashing defeat. As a result, the state’s landmark greenhouse gas control law, AB32, will not be suspended. Many of you may also know that Proposition 26 passed, which isn't such good news from an environmental point of view, as I pointed out… read more →

No on 23, and No on 26 too!

Last week I decided to get political with a post explaining how anyone in California who cares about fighting climate change needs to vote No on Proposition 23, and hoping that anyone outside of California who cares about fighting climate change would tell their Californian friends to vote No on Proposition 23. This week I could write almost the same… read more →
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