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National Association of Manufacturers: Thin Air 16.9.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Laurie Johnson, Chief Economist, Climate and Clean Air Program, Washington, DC: The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) published a report last week showing a purported cost of $2 trillion per year to the economy caused by federal regulations. The audacity of the release was impressive. For the most part, it essentially...
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Gov. Jindal pushes oil and coal use, rejects climate change rules 16.9.2014 LA Times: Nation
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who hopes to use detailed position papers to build a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, released an energy plan Tuesday that calls for expanded oil and gas production and reversing the Obama administration's efforts against climate change.
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How Modi's India Is Reshaping Asia 16.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
NEW DELHI -- During his spirited campaign for parliamentary elections held earlier this year, Narendra Modi, the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate, hardly spoke about foreign policy issues. Other than a few sharp barbs he aimed at Pakistan, China and Bangladesh -- favorite targets of "nationalist Hindus" -- he kept his counsel to himself on this score. But after his triumphant victory in the elections -- it gave the BJP a majority of its own in the Lower House for the first time in 30 years -- the initiatives Modi has taken to energize foreign policy have confounded his most acerbic critics. He surprised them when he invited leaders of South Asian countries for his government's oath-taking ceremony. His brief interactions with them, and especially with Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, were a pointer to his priorities: he would walk the extra mile to ensure peace with India's neighbors and involve them in the region's economic and social development. NOT GOING SO WELL ...
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Electric Cars are Getting Cleaner, New Analysis Finds 16.9.2014 Union of Concerned Scientists
Sixty percent of Americans now live in regions where electric vehicles (EVs) produce fewer heat-trapping global warming emissions per mile than the most efficient hybrids, according to an updated analysis from the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS). Three years ago, that number was just 45 percent.
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Jindal: Obama hasn't done enough to harness energy 16.9.2014 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that President Barack Obama's administration has become "science deniers," failing to do enough to harness the nation's energy potential....
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Jindal: Obama hasn't done enough to harness energy 16.9.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
WASHINGTON (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that President Barack Obama's administration has become "science deniers," failing to do enough to harness the nation's energy potential.
Even Cynical Bastards Should Take Part in the People's Climate March 16.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
It's hard to give a shit about politics any more. It's hard to want to devote yourself to a cause, get out in the streets; let alone write your congressmen. Seriously, does anyone feel like anything gets accomplished by penning a letter to man who has more reason to listen to a K-Street lobbyist with good media connections than a constituent who is likely to forget to register to vote before his district's arbitrary filing deadline? Even the most civically devoted citizens, which I once considered myself to be, have countless reasons to be skeptical of the power of citizenship these days. But, on September 21 the People's Climate March on New York City is a reason to show what power really looks like, what it can do, and it couldn't be for a more worthy cause. Unlike picking a side during an election, debating a health care law or arguing about who should be taxed at what level, advocating for addressing climate change won't come back to bite you in the ass. It's different from what we have become ...
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RELEASE: Economic Growth and Action on Climate Change Can Now Be Achieved Together, Finds Global Commission 16.9.2014 WRI Stories
RELEASE: Economic Growth and Action on Climate Change Can Now Be Achieved Together, Finds Global Commission September 15, 2014 New report aims to drive action by world leaders, business executives and investors ahead of major summit on climate change Editor’s note: The “Better Growth, Better Climate” report, including infographics and other materials, is available at ...
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Who's in Your Country's 'Social Network'? 16.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
This post was co-authored with Alisa Zomer, Research Fellow at the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy . Leaders from around the world will gather at the United Nations this month to tackle some of our most complex challenges - from climate change , to sustainable development , to the future of cities . Though some skepticism surrounds the efficacy of international organizations like the UN on these issues, the meetings are important networking opportunities for countries. To better understand how countries interact, we are conducting a survey to map their 'social networks.' (Hit the "Like' image below to take the survey). Why we 'Like' We often look to our friends, family, and neighbors for social cues on how to act, what to buy, and even who to follow. These socials norms form the basis of community and often influence individual behavior more strongly than the hard laws that govern society. The social norms of a community can provoke different pathways - sometimes inspiring conformity and other ...
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Emulating 'Exceptional' America 16.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Emulation is the highest form of flattery -- or so it is claimed. The truth of that assertion, though, depends on what form the emulation takes and, indeed, how the initial action originally was construed. Those ambiguities become evident when we consider how American actions in the GWOT has helped shape the behavior of others. Recent events in the Middle East underscore both the radiating influence of the United States as a model and the often perverse effects that can lead to. In truth, the awkward reality about the phenomenon of unintended consequences actually has been apparent for decades. The most striking example that America has set for the world was its invasion and occupation of Iraq. That unilateral act was taken without the imprimatur of any international body, with no casus belli and at variance with norms of non-intervention in the domestic affairs of sovereign states which Washington had been promoting vigorously for thirty years. The logically obvious question of "what if other ...
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White House Denies Truce Between Syrian Rebels And ISIS 16.9.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- The White House on Monday disputed reports that a group of moderate Syrian rebels -- part of the larger coalition that President Barack Obama wants to help fight the Islamic State -- struck a non-aggression pact with the Islamic State. Those reports, which emerged late Friday night , sent shocks through some corners of the foreign policy community, where skepticism has been high over the president's plan to aid rebel factions. According to the stories, one of the main rebel groups, the Syrian Revolutionaries Front, had agreed with the Islamic State that the two groups would not attack each other and would instead focus their efforts on unseating their mutual enemy, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. But White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday during his daily briefing that SRF had issued a statement "indicating they have never ceased hostilities" with the Islamic State, also called ISIS or ISIL. To supplement his point that SRF and the Islamic State were still in conflict, ...
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Lobbyist, lawyer Thomas H. Boggs Jr. dead at 73 15.9.2014 Washington Post

Thomas H. Boggs Jr., who sat for decades at the epicenter of Washington legal, business and political circles as the city’s marquee name in lobbying and political fund-raising, died Sept. 15 at his home in Chevy Chase. He was 73.

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Here's what can become the Airbnb for the electricity grid 15.9.2014 Business Operations | GreenBiz.com

Distributed energy will take the power sector to the next level. We're looking at you, rooftop solar, batteries and smart thermostats.

Here's what can become the Airbnb for the electricity grid
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Resiliency+: Smart Grid Technologies and the Benefits of Two-Way Communication 15.9.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Michael Panfil Source: PSE&G It’s September, fall is around the corner, and with it, the second anniversary of devastating Hurricane Sandy. A smarter, more efficient electric grid should be on the minds of all New Jerseyans. Unfortunately, it’s not. Wired magazine calls America’s power grid the largest machine ever built. Over the past few decades, this grid has been expanded throughout the country to ensure that even remote areas have electricity. Although this is an incredible accomplishment, the grid should also strive to keep pace with the latest technological advances, becoming not just the largest machine ever built, but also a more efficient and resilient one. What is the smart grid? The electric grid of the future is called a smart grid. In reality, a smart grid isn’t any particular gadget, but a portfolio of products and grid improvements that can enable a more efficient, responsive, resilient, and clean electricity system. Technologies that improve consumer options, integrate clean energy ...
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On the News With Thom Hartmann: Senate Considers Amendment on Campaign Finance, and More 15.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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The Bennis Plan: Here Is a Real Strategy for Dealing With ISIS 15.9.2014 Truthout.com
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What Can Small Cities Do to Fight Climate Change? 15.9.2014 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Everyone should know by now that the US needs to adopt policies to restrain its profligate energy use. Per capita, we use the most of any country except Iceland. And no, it's not just because we're richer: Adjusted for GDP, we still use more than everyone except for Australia, Canada, and a few frigid countries in northern Europe. Our huge and wasteful appetite for energy sucks money out of the economy and produces greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. But Congress won't pass a cap-and-trade bill, carbon tax, or any other policy to address it. Senate Republicans even blocked a bill that would have assisted the private sector in purely voluntary conservation measures and saved money by increasing efficiency in federal agencies. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) articulated a common attitude toward energy conservation when he told me recently that we use the most energy per capita because we're ...
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In Vermont, a milestone in green-energy efforts 15.9.2014 Seattle Times: Top stories
Vermont's largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass.
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In Vermont, a milestone in green-energy efforts 15.9.2014 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Vermont's largest city has a new success to add to its list of socially conscious achievements: 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass.
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Will California PUC President Michael Peevey get a record third term? 15.9.2014 LA Times: Business
Legislators, lobbyists and Capitol staffers who deal with energy policy are buzzing about whether Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey will get a record third term.
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