OPINION: Energy Madness
May 2, 2008 09:23 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

For anyone not yet discouraged by the state of U.S. politics, the latest proposal from the presidential campaign trail may cause cynicism to finally triumph over hope. In response to soaring gasoline prices, Senators John McCain and Hillary Clinton have proposed a summer gas-tax holiday-suggesting that motorists will save 18 cents per gallon as a result. That would be a tiny fraction of the dramatic increase in gasoline prices over the past few years, and there's little reason to expect that the oil companies that receive the tax break would even pass it on to consumers.

Dawn of an energy famine
May 2, 2008 08:55 AM - Jeremy Leggett, The Guardian

This week the shape of the global energy crisis came into its sharpest focus yet. The world needs renewable energy fast, but as BP and Shell announced record profits, they also demonstrated that they are in essence retreating from renewables, perhaps with the exception of biofuels. They intend to focus their record billions on expanding production of what remains of traditional oil and gas, plus tar sands and liquid fuels from coal - ruinous in their effect on the climate.

UN: Biofuel Production 'Criminal Path' to Global Food Crisis
May 1, 2008 09:36 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

GENEVA, Switzerland - The United States and the European Union have taken a "criminal path" by contributing to an explosive rise in global food prices through using food crops to produce biofuels, the United Nations special rapporteur on the right to food said today. At a press conference in Geneva, Jean Ziegler of Switzerland said that fuel policies pursued by the U.S. and the EU were one of the main causes of the current worldwide food crisis.

Latest Developments on Farm Bill & Biofuels
May 1, 2008 09:26 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

At a White House press conference yesterday that focused on the U.S. domestic economy, President George W. Bush addressed food prices, the Farm Bill and biofuels. Sheryl Gay Stolberg and David M. Herszenhorn summarized in today’s New York Times that, “With consumer confidence slipping and gasoline and food prices soaring, President Bush delivered an unusually dark assessment of the economy on Tuesday, saying the nation was in ‘very difficult times, very difficult.’”

President Uses High Gas Prices to Bushwhack Arctic Refuge
April 30, 2008 09:52 AM - , Big Green Purse

Gas prices are sending everyone into a state of hysteria. But the fact that the cost of gasoline is skyrocketing should come as no surprise to anyone: the planet has a limited amount of petroleum, and people have been using it up as fast as it gets sucked out of the ground, processed in a refinery, and trucked to the nearest pump.

Key farm-state lawmakers shifting support to cellulosic fuel

The corn ethanol industry could take a nearly 12 percent hit in their subsidies in the next farm bill, as farm state lawmakers shift their support to new cellulosic ethanol. The farm bill agreement that key House and Senate negotiators reached Friday would extend and reduce the tax credit for conventional ethanol and the tariff on imported ethanol. It would also give new subsidies for cellulosic ethanol -- derived from crop debris, woody plants and grasses.

Rising Sun for Electric Cars
April 28, 2008 07:55 AM - , Global Policy Innovations Program

Is my sustainability work consonant with the gravity of the climate crisis and the urgency of the ecological challenges we face? At Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), as a complement to our work on renewable energy hedges, we are working to transform energy use on campus. One project underway is a system of grid-tied electric vehicles (Vehicle to Grid or V2G) combined with a solar photovoltaic charging system and smart computer control.

Transatlantic trade row looms over biodiesel
April 25, 2008 08:34 AM - Reuters

European biodiesel producers said they were asking Brussels on Friday to impose punitive import duties on U.S. biodiesel but their U.S. rivals said they would hit back with a complaint of their own. In a move which could trigger a new transatlantic trade row, the European Biodiesel Board (EBB) said it was formally requesting the EU's executive Commission to hit U.S. imports with anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties due to unfair subsidies.

Sungevity - going solar just got easier
April 23, 2008 09:36 AM - , The Alternative Consumer

California has set the ambitious goal of creating 3,000 megawatts of solar power by 2017 and has put $3.3 billion where its mouth is. Anyone considering taking advantage of these incentives is faced with the challenge of researching vendors, technology and design choices. Bay Area-based, Sungevity, has created an interesting online option for existing home owners by streamlining the site analysis process. Sungevity generates a quote for installing solar panels on your home by simply requiring that you enter your street and email addresses on their website.

13W LED Bulb Can Replace 100W Incandescent
April 23, 2008 08:58 AM - , MetaEfficient

This 13 watt bulb, the Evolux by EarthLED, is said to be first LED light to be able to replace a 100 watt incandescent. The lifetime of this bulb is rated at over 50,000 hours — which is five times longer than a compact fluorescent bulb. Other advantages of LED bulbs is their ability to brighten instantly, and be switched off and on rapidly without problems. They also contain no mercury. LED-based bulbs do, however, require more energy to manufacture that CFL or incandescents.

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