November 24, 2012 |
The Heartland Institute, a libertarian think tank skeptical of climate change science , has joined with the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council to write model legislation aimed at reversing state renewable energy mandates across the country. The Electricity Freedom Act , adopted by the council's board of directors in October, would repeal state standards requiring utilities to get a portion of their electricity from renewable power, calling it "essentially a tax on consumers of...
September 25, 2008
Alternative energy and environmental services should create more than 20 million jobs worldwide by 2030, a U.N. report says. The report adds: · 2.3 million workers already have alternative-energy jobs, half in biofuels. · Green jobs are not readily available for the world's 1.3 billion working poor (43 percent of global labor). · Solar energy should add 6.3 million jobs, wind power 2 million. SOURCES: Reuters, U.N. Environment Program (www.undp.org)
August 1, 2008 |
If peak-oil theorists are right, the decades ahead will see steadily rising crude oil prices and a mad rush toward alternative sources of energy. And if they're wrong, the decades ahead will probably still see a mad rush toward alternative energy. Call it clean tech, green tech or alt energy; by any name, it's likely to be a fast-maturing investment sector in the years to come. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean it'll be an easy one in which to turn a little bit of money into a lot. Silicon Valley is into green tech in a big way, and soon it will fund its...
October 17, 2009 |
The hydrogen car may have legions of fervent fans, but Energy Secretary Steven Chu apparently is not among them. Earlier this year, the Nobel Prize-winning scientist essentially zeroed government funding for the clean vehicles and came close to mocking their potential, saying the technology needs four "miracles" before it can become widely adopted. "Saints only need three," he cracked in a magazine interview. But the hydrogen car is back. On Thursday, the Senate agreed to restore nearly all the money for...
January 17, 2013 |
At the recent annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union , scientists presented evidence of climate change proceeding more rapidly than they had imagined 15, 10 or even five years ago. After a brief hiatus due mostly to the economic downturn, they noted, global greenhouse gas emissions are rising again. Arctic sea ice is retreating at an unprecedented rate, sea levels are rising more rapidly than anticipated, and the sea-surface temperatures that drive tropical storms and hurricanes are rising, too. ...
June 25, 2009 |
The Spanish professor is puzzled. Why, Gabriel Calzada wonders, is the U.S. president recommending that America emulate the Spanish model for creating "green jobs" in "alternative energy" even though Spain's unemployment rate is 18.1 percent -- more than double the European Union average -- partly because of spending on such jobs? Calzada, 36, an economics professor at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, has produced a report that, if true, is inconvenient for the Obama administration's green agenda, and for some budget assumptions that...