The percentage of Americans saying there is solid evidence of global warming has steadily increased over the past few years. Currently, 67% say there is solid evidence that the earth’s average temperature has been getting warmer over the past few decades, up four points since last year and 10 points since 2009.
Discard your stereotypes: people in the U.S. own fewer passenger on average than in almost all other developed nations.
Americans love cars. We pioneered their mass production, designed iconic autos from the Model T to the Deville to the Corvette, and are a major exporter as well as importer. It's practically a part of the American national identity. But it turns out, according to a new paper from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace on worldwide car usage, that American per capita car ownership rates are actually among the lowest in the developed world...
Intrigued by new energy management software, the Utility Accountant by Load IQ, Siemens decided to underwrite a small-scale beta test of it in Germany. Liking what they saw, they opted for another beta test, at 10 times the size of the first one. What’s so appealing? Load IQ’s Utility Accountant enables property or facility managers to monitor the energy consumption each of their appliances across multiple buildings in real time at once on one screen. AT&T is testing it too.
Both President Obama and Mitt Romney claim to want to expand America’s access to conventional fuels and green energy. But their energy plans have very different flavors.
Mr. Romney claims his plan can create 3 million new jobs and give the economy a $500 billion boost by cutting regulations and instituting a more aggressive policy for oil exploration. Mr. Obama has made clean energy a priority, but his proposal that at least 80 percent of the nation's electricity production come from renewable energy by 2035 includes "clean coal" and "efficient" natural gas – a nod toward a more "all-of-the-above” strategy...
The G.O.P. platform approved Tuesday in Florida included tough language on many expected issues like abortion, but also takes a stand on an issue that has historically been out of the party’s mainstream: Agenda 21.
“We strongly reject the U.N. Agenda 21 as erosive of American sovereignty, and we oppose any form of U.N. Global Tax,” the platform reads.
Agenda 21 is a 1992 United Nations resolution that encourages sustainable development globally. Although it is nonbinding and has no force of law in the United States, it has increasingly become a point of passionate concern to a circle of Republican activists who argue that the resolution is part of a United Nations plot to deny Americans their property rights...
No matter who wins the election this November, the fact remains that in order to govern well the next President and Congress will have to place energy innovation at the center of any plans for economic growth.
There is one simple reason for this. The energy sector is already changing rapidly and radically beneath our feet, right now. It is being driven by disruptive technologies that are fundamentally altering the old ways of doing business. Utilities can’t wait to plan for future growth and reliability; they must place their bets on tomorrow’s smart energy technologies today. Banks need to put capital to work right now in infrastructure investments, as a hedge against inflation, to earn stable returns for the pensioners whose savings they manage. And upstart companies are already building new, wired, and IT enabled technology businesses to tap the hundreds of billions of dollars of energy we waste each year as a new market for growth...
Thanks to some vigorous student activism, the era of ubiquitous Styrofoam in the Los Angeles Unified School District is over. The decision makes LAUSD the first school district in the nation to issue such a ban.
Two and a half years ago students in the Environmental Studies Magnet program at Thomas Starr King Middle School in the Silver Lake section of Los Angeles were assigned a project which required them to carry around their own trash for a week. Students saw first-hand how the majority of their trash was single-use disposable plastics, and one of the major sources was the polystyrene—commonly known as Styrofoam—trays from the cafeteria. A trip to a local recycling facility taught them that the trays aren't being recycled—recyclers won't accept Styrofoam that's not clean.
A new study commissioned by the UK's Department of Energy and Climate Change reveals that nearly half of all Britons know what a smart meter is. That compares to about one-third or less according to most studies in North America. But that doesn't mean everything is rosy. One out of five people oppose smart meters, the survey revealed, and only one in three is supportive.
In a landmark ruling that has been seen as a major victory for thermal generators, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday vacated the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR), finding that it violated federal law. The EPA must now continue implementation of the Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR) until it can promulgate a replacement, which likely will not happen until at least 2014, industry analysts said.
Atlantic City Electric's $37.4m DA project is set to help customers conserve energy. Part of that plan includes deploying 25,000 power demand-limiting devices, intelligent grid sensors, distribution automation technology and other grid communication infrastructure.
On Nov. 14-15, the Climate Reality Project held its second annual “24 Hours of Reality” marathon, spending an entire day and night live-streaming events and panels around the globe to highlight various aspects of the climate crisis. (This year’s theme was “dirty weather.”) More than 100 people — elected leaders, scientists, business people, and activists — appeared on panels and millions tuned in to watch.
Grist's David Robers caught up with Climate Reality founder Al Gore around hour 18 of his all-nighter and asked him about current U.S. climate politics, carbon taxes, and natural gas.
Smart meters and advanced metering infrastructures (AMI) took a big step forward in 2012 on the path to supplanting legacy meters as the dominant way of monitoring energy consumption in homes and businesses across the United States and abroad.
The energy positions of the presidential candidates and their respective parties have come into focus more sharply over the last two weeks. The Republicans and Democrats have both published their platforms, and the Republican nominee, Mitt Romney has published his energy plan.
For campaigns that have been at each other's throats on many issues, there's a surprising overlap between the rhetoric of Romney and President Obama on energy—both favor "all-of-the-above" approaches that include domestic energy sources such as fossil fuels and renewable energy. Both support funding energy research and development through organizations such as the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Energy (ARPA-E). Both talk up the possibility of energy independence, and bewail the inability of every president since Richard Nixon to achieve it.
Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), once the poster boy for smart meter rollout snafus, is touting its approach in engaging business and residential customers over variable pricing programs.
In the case of business customers, PG&E must apply dynamic pricing to its small- and medium-sized business customers by November, under a mandate by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to align electricity prices with costs, improve reliability of the grid and manage environmental impacts associated with peak use.
Annual energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions fell 2.4% in 2011 compared to the level in 2010. Several factors combined to produce this drop, including slower economic growth, weather, and changes in the prices of fuels, which played out differently in major economic sectors. Energy-related carbon dioxide emissions have declined in the United States in four out of the last six years.
Before President Obama took office, the U.S. had 25 gigawatts of wind power, and the government’s “base case” energy forecast expected 40 GW by 2030. Well, it’s not quite 2030 yet, but we’ve already got 50 GW of wind...
The Scottish government said it signed a deal with domestic companies to build a tidal energy system that will be the first such device owned communally.
Scotland signed a fabrication contract with domestic companies Steel Engineering and Nova Innovation to build a tidal turbine system that will help power the industrial sector for a small community in Shetland. The government said it would be the first such system owned by the community.
Taxing carbon offers a deficit reduction alternative to traditional tax-and-cut remedies that have yielded political stalemates in Congress, according to a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) released Monday.
The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded $43 million to 19 teams working to improve energy storage...
Increasing interest in storing energy for the nation's power grid and the desire to extend the range of electric vehicles is attracting millions for research and development of more efficient battery systems.
Because of the high costs that go along with managing peak power demands, the investments needed to keep the grid reliable, and the integration of renewable energy sources, better batteries are seen as an important solution.
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