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If our leaders can't stand up to the vested interests of Big Oil and Big Coal, then we must do it ourselves. It is time for a change.

The Power and Energy of the Fossil Fuel Industry

Amidst the devastation that is, or perhaps was, the Gulf Coast, an immense spill in China, thousands of abandoned offshore wells continuously leaking, and the effects of GHG-driven climate change becoming increasingly apparent, one could have thought that now is the time for climate legislation. But alas, no – as evident in the wake, (and I mean wake) of the…

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News Break: Senate “Gang of Ten” Forges Compromise Energy Bill Before August Recess

A bipartisan group of Senators calling themselves the “gang of 10” were finally able to package a compromise bill on Friday aimed at breaking the persistent deadlock in the Senate over energy issues. On one side are Republicans that have remained in lock-step with President Bush’s chiding Democratic opposition to lifting the ban on oil exploration and development offshore and in the Arctic…

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Beware Of The Nonsense In Climate Change Business Consulting

So you run a business serious about reducing your carbon footprint and, having done everything that you can do by yourself, you’re now ready to seek the help of an outside consultant to make some operational changes. What should you be on the lookout for? And which consultancy is best suited to match your needs? In looking to find external experts…

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A Project Revived: Shell Looks Into Feasibility Of Adding Limestone To Oceans To Combat CO2

Adding lime to sea water helps dramatically reduce CO2 levels in the atmosphere, according to new scientific research which is being funded by Shell. Lime increases alkalinity in the water, which boosts its ability to absorb CO2. It also reduces the water’s tendency to release the CO2 back into the atmosphere again. Shell is funding a feasibility study into the logistics of large scale…

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Gore Challenges Country: 100% Electricity Production From Sources Producing No Carbon Emissions

In a bold “Apollo-like” statement, delivered today from Washington D.C., former Vice President and Nobel Peace Laureate Al Gore challenged the nation to commit to a renewable energy economy, and to do it now – within the next ten years. Proposing that all electrical generation come from renewable, non-carbon emitting sources is …achievable, affordable, and transformative”, Gore said. Stating that the common problems facing the…

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Melting Ice – An Indicator For Carbon Markets

Carbon trading is annoying. Company X might happily announce that they’ve purchased carbon credits on an exchange to wipe out their carbon footprint, but the people trading the credits perform their duties only through information that has little or nothing to do with the factors directly impacting carbon emissions. There’s an unacceptable dichotomy between regular financial markets and the reality of carbon markets.  Financial markets…

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Georgia Judge Blocks New Coal-Fired Power Plant

Construction of the $2 billion 120 megawatt Longleaf power plant was blocked yesterday by Fulton County Judge Thelma Wyatt Cummings Moore, overturning a ruling that would have allowed the first coal plant to be built in Georgia in 20 years. Environmentalists cite Moore’s ruling as the first time a judge has applied the April 2007 ruling from the Supreme Court…

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