Study: Hybrid Owners: Wealthy, Active, Educated and Democratic
December 4, 2007 05:44 PM -

NEW YORK - Democratic, wealthy, educated and active are four adjectives that describe today's hybrid vehicle owner, according to a recent analysis from Scarborough Research, a consumer and media research firm.


Renewable energy stocks soar on energy bill hopes
December 4, 2007 02:55 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The shares of renewable energy companies rose on Tuesday in anticipation of Congress approving an energy bill that environmentalists have hailed for tough action on automobile fuel efficiency.

In afternoon trading on the New York Stock Exchange, shares in LDK Solar Co Ltd <LDK.N>, which manufactures solar wafers, were up over 18 percent at $38.35 and Trina Solar Ltd <TSL.N> gained 5.26 percent to $47.65.

Fuel costs push Delta, Southwest to warn on losses
December 4, 2007 02:15 PM - Chris Reiter and Kyle Peterson, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Waning consumer confidence and soaring fuel costs caused Delta Air Lines Inc <DAL.N> to warn of a possible operating loss on Tuesday, while Southwest Airlines Co <LUV.N> said it would restrict capacity growth to brace for tougher times ahead.

CEOs Sweat Energy Costs, But Remain Upbeat On Economy
December 4, 2007 01:20 PM - Scott Malone, Reuters

BOSTON (Reuters) - Chief executives' view of the economy improved in the fourth quarter, although they have become far more concerned about energy prices than they were a year ago, according to a survey by the Business Roundtable.

Let There be Light - for the Next 35 Years: the Green Gift That Keeps on Giving
December 4, 2007 01:18 PM -

SAN FRANCISCO - Imagine receiving a gift this year that you'll still be using in 2042. Not only that, it also puts greenbacks in your pocket while helping the planet go green.



It's called  the "Pharox" lightbulb and it gives consumers another way to reduce their carbon footprint via this new LED lighting technology.

Energy Deals Enables New Boston Hotel to Go Green
December 4, 2007 12:29 PM -

WALTHAM, Mass. - Boston's Hotel Indigo will soon receive a substantial portion of its electricity, space heat, swimming pool heat and domestic hot water directly from an on-site cogeneration facility, providing 100 kW and 732,000 btu's per hour of energy while offsetting up to 328 tons of CO2 gas each year.

AskPablo: Should I buy a hybrid?
December 4, 2007 08:22 AM - Pablo Paster, Triple Pundit

I began by researching the prices and fuel economy of five hybrid vehicles and their non-hybrid counterparts: Ford Escape, Honda Civic, Nissan Altima, Saturn Aura, and the Toyota Camry. The Saturn Aura Hybrid is not priced much higher than the standard model but some research showed that this vehicle is a bit of a joke in the hybrid vehicle world. It's mpg increase is not impressive, the electric motor is weak, and the vehicle can apparently only run in fully electric mode up to 3 miles per hour. For these reasons I have excluded the Saturn Auro from the results. The Toyota Prius is also notably absent, a decision made due to the fact that the Prius is a hybrid specific vehicle and there is no non-hybrid baseline vehicle to compare it to.

Japanese company investing $16.6 million in California Wind Energy
December 3, 2007 12:54 PM -

Tokyo, Escondito, Calif. - Oak Creek Energy Systems, Inc., announced today that it has received approval by a majority vote of its shareholders to allow Marubeni Corporation of Japan (MARUBENICORP 8002) to acquire a controlling interest. The transaction will occur through a $16.6 million equity investment in Oak Creek Holdings, Inc., a newly formed parent holding company. Oak Creek, a leading California renewable energy company in development, construction and operation of wind energy projects, will also enter into a Development Agreement which will give it the opportunity to be Marubeni's exclusive wind energy development partner for North America.



Chicago’s Alleys Turning Green
December 3, 2007 09:09 AM - Alana Herro, Worldwatch Institute

A new initiative will help make Chicago’s 1,900 miles (3,000 kilometers) of alleyways more sustainable. The miniature streets behind homes and buildings, used mainly for garbage collection and parking access, keep main roads cleaner and less congested but are prone to flooding. The city’s innovative Green Alley Program promotes improved construction techniques and materials that can improve drainage, reduce runoff, and relieve strain on the city’s aging sewer system.

"Naughty" nations in a coal lot of trouble in Bali
December 3, 2007 07:35 AM - Reuters

BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) - It's not easy being green. Particularly if you are big polluters Saudi Arabia, the United States and Canada. All three earned the first "Fossil of the Day Awards" at U.N.-led climate change talks in Bali on Monday, with each receiving a little sack of coal adorned with their national flags at a mock award ceremony filled with boos and laughter.

The awards, a daily feature of annual Kyoto Protocol gatherings, are presented by youth delegations from around the world to heap scorn on nations accused of having less-than-green views.

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