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HOME STAR: This is kind of a big deal

There are several energy and climate bills floating around in the Congress right now, including the Kerry/Boxer (or Kerry/Graham/Lieberman) Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act (which has been in the works since – but not because – I thanked them here) ; the Bingaman/Murkowski American Clean Energy Leadership Act, or ACELA; the Cantwell/Collins CLEAR […]

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America’s Greenest Building Code

Last week, the California Building Standards Commission unanimously adopted the first-in-the-nation mandatory Green Building Standards Code, also known as “CALGREEN”.  The new standards take effect starting January 1, 2011 and will require all new buildings in the state to be more energy efficient and environmentally responsible.  The new CALGREEN code will require: a 20 percent […]

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Climate Killers

Happy New Year, and Happy New Decade everyone!  Here’s to hoping we can make big strides this year in our efforts to save energy, reduce waste, and generally try to keep the Earth as hospitable to human life as possible. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, there are some pretty vocal people who are still working […]

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Top 9 of 2009

Today is the last day of 2009, or, if you take the long view, the last day of the first decade of the new millenium.  There are many outlets devoting copious amounts of coverage to what a miserable year 2009 was, as well as giving plenty of room to “Top 10” lists of the last […]

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Copenhagen Concludes

Copenhagen wrapped up over the weekend with, at best, a whimper.  There was no legally binding agreement settled on… about the best that came out of the conference was the fact that the world agreed to “limit the global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius”.  And that’s pretty much it.  Unfortunately, if we want to […]

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Copenhagen … Continues

So much for keeping you up to date with news from the United Nations COP15, aka, the Copenhagen Climate Conference, as it happened.  It turns out that not a lot has gone on that was worth reporting, aside from a brief kerfuffle on Monday when much of the developing nations’ delegation walked away from the […]

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Copenhagen Commences

Ah, Copenhagen.  You’ve been getting all sorts of action this year, haven’t you?  First you crush our hopes of having the Olympics in Chicago and now you gather our world leaders together via their 1,200 limos and 140 private planes … to a conference on the deleterious effects of pollution on our global climate.  But […]

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“When Al Gore sees his shadow, it means the Earth is dying”

I had the absolute privilege of seeing Al Gore here in Portland last Thursday, at an event where he was standing up in support of our gubernatorial candidate Bill Bradbury (who himself seems like a committed supporter of environmental issues).  I’m happy to say that after departing Portland, Al Gore traveled to New York, where […]

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Rogue Wave

First of all, no, this post is not about the outstanding indie rock band called Rogue Wave.  (Although they are quite good and I do encourage a listen.) This post was actually inspired by a somber anniversary that I missed last week, and I’ll use it to make an analogy to get where I’m going.  […]

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Thank you, Senators

“Thank you” is not a phrase I imagine many of us utter in the direction of U.S. Senators these days.  I, myself, tend to think that there are many Senators who are so far deep in the pockets of corporations that not only are they NOT representing the interests of the American people, they are […]

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