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Democratic EPA Moves Decisively on Coal

February 2nd, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

The Obama administration is moving ahead with not one, but three EPA rules that will start to reduce our use of coal, (by far the worst emitter of greenhouse gases in the nation) to move the nation towards a cleaner, safer, healthier energy future, despite misuse of the Senate filibuster by Republicans who are paid to support coal


Each Ton of CO2 Worth $40 in Health Costs

February 1st, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

Surprisingly, in climate policy discourse, the cost/benefit analysis of the health benefits has not been a consideration - because the focus has been on just minimizing the cost of the transition to renewable energy


Utility-Scale Distributed Solar Gets Blast-Off in California

January 23rd, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

Other states could learn from this innovative idea. Distributed solar could be a way that cities with regions of urban blight to re-purpose all those empty big box stores so their roofs could supply neighbors with power, and in the process, bringing about urban renewal and lots of clean energy American jobs


Rooftop Solar Installations Growing Faster than Utility-Scale Solar

January 10th, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

Private solar installations are really taking off nationwide. In just two years, (about the same length of time it takes to get a pair of 250 MW solar power plants approved in California, for example), homeowners and businesses have added that much power to the Californian grid, just from individual rooftops throughout the state


First Carbon Tariff Will Tax CO2 at the Border

January 1st, 2010 | by Susan Kraemer

The first carbon tax to reduce the greenhouse gases from imports comes not between two nations, but between two states. Minnesota has passed a measure to stop carbon at its border with North Dakota


China Requires Utilities to Buy All the Electricity Generated By Renewable Energy Companies

December 26th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

This weekend the main Chinese legislature adopted an amendment to the renewable energy law, requiring that utilities buy all the electricity produced by renewable energy generators. Power enterprises refusing to buy power produced by renewable energy generators would be fined up to an amount double that of the economic loss of the renewable energy company


$100 Billion Opportunity for Waste-To-Energy Companies in Developing World

December 26th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

Here's an opportunity to wisely spend some of the $100 billion that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton promised at Copenhagen to cut the greenhouse gases of developing nations by aiding in the development of renewable energy infrastructure to by-pass fossil fuel dependence. Apparently one in four Chinese cities and seven out of 10 counties are without sewage-treatment plants, according to the People's Daily


The Fossil Party and the Future Party

December 6th, 2009 | by Susan Kraemer

One of the hardest parts of checking foreign news sources - to find out what others think of the emissions reductions targets their countries are bringing to Copenhagen - is deciphering the meaning of all those political parties' names. Who knows which side each of these is on, when it comes to climate change



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