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Paper cuts

I first became an environmental activist in 7th grade. I completed a homework assignment for Mrs. Dibbs' science class on the blank side of a printed piece of paper that would have otherwise been thrown away. Mrs. Dibbs praised me for the content of my work, but docked me half a grade for poor presentation. Despite my effort to explain… read more →

The TerraPass store: your reviews please!

It seems far longer than three months ago that we began selling energy-saving gadgets at TerraPass. Since then, hundreds of you have cut down on standby power with the Smart Strip, measured your appliance's power usage with the Kill A Watt or kept your tires fully inflated with the LED Tire Alerts. Now we need your feedback -- our product… read more →

Adventures in carbon pricing

A federal carbon tax in the U.S. appears to be a political dead letter, but all sorts of interesting experiments in carbon pricing are underway regionally. First: the California Assembly this week votes on the California Clean Car Discount Act, a "feebate" system that imposes a direct charge on sales of gas guzzlers and uses the funds to reward buyers… read more →

Comparing climate change plans

Per request, I wrote up a post comparing Hillary, Obama, and McCain on climate and energy policy. The post was long and dense and boring, so I threw it away and instead wrote the following long, dense and absolutely riveting primer on what to look for in a good climate change plan. These principles apply to cap-and-trade style programs, because… read more →

Dial F for fish

This has roughly zero climate change relevance, but it's nifty and green and perhaps you'll find it as useful as I do: text the message "fish <fish name>" to Blue Ocean's Fishphone (30644) to receive an assessment of whether the filet you're planning to purchase for dinner is environmentally kosher. So, for example, when I text "fish cod" to 30644,… read more →

Lance Armstrong: more bike commuters, please

Lance Armstrong will soon unveil his 18,000-square-foot Austin-based bike shop, Mellow Johnny's (named after the Tour de France's yellow jersey -- or "maillot jaune"). The goal of the shop is to promote bike culture and bike commuting: "This city is exploding downtown. Are all these people in high rises going to drive everywhere? We have to promote (bike) commuting..." Showers… read more →

TerraPass project comments: an update

Our new comment page. When we launched our comment period we weren't sure how the community would react. After a week, we're pleasantly surprised with the volume and quality of the comments. First, we want to thank all of you that wrote in. You should have received a personal email, and we'll be gathering and responding to your feedback, questions,… read more →

Just cruisin’

It's one of the great aspirational vacations: visiting the major cities of the world while living in luxury aboard a cruise liner. These days, with satellite TV you don't even have to miss the big game. It's just a shame about the environmental issues. Cruise lines are working hard to improve their image. Advanced water purification systems and engines that… read more →

Politicians talking science

The proposal to have a presidential science debate has been getting a surprising amount of traction. After ringing up a billion prominent endorsements, the organizers of the proposed debate have now picked a date (April 18) and have sent out invitations to the remaining candidates. The idea behind Science Debate 2008 is straightforward: Given the many urgent scientific and technological… read more →
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