ON US Green Policy

Energy efficiency and sustainability improvements are increasingly seen as an indicator for overall quality of management of companies and taken into account by stock market analysts in order to assess to long-term viability of an investment.

ON-green-policy! The stock markets do not intrinsically care about the environment. If they do, it is because financial analysts recognise the tangible advantages of more efficient companies over their unsustainable competitors. This development delivers very strong and credible arguments for green investments and policies favouring the green economy. Voters and politicians should take notice.

Source: Environmental Leader

You wouldn’t necessarily think of Los Angeles as a ecological first mover but times are changing – in California even faster than elsewhere. So here comes the good news: plastic bags will soon be banned in Los Angeles. Starting with big stores and then including small stores. And no, plastic[more]

Natural gas production and consumption is linked to Methane leaks that almost outdo the lower greenhouse gas emission of natural gas compared to alternative fossil fuels. In order for natural gas to have a positive effect on climate change, methane leakages needs to be cut by 2/3 a very ambitious ta[more]

Polynesians were smarter than today US Hawaiians. What looks like a bold statement and is of course too generalised has some truth in it as far as fishing is concerned. In ancient times, fish catch dictated how many people the islands could sustain and was therefore highly regulated. A very sophisti[more]

Investments in green energy overtook investment in fossil energy in 2010. The US took in $48 billion in public and private financing, making it the gobal leader of renewable energy development. So far, good news for the USA. On the downside, much of this investment was triggered by expiring federal [more]

In a surprisingly bold move, US President Obama set ambitious emission targets (1,000lbs of carbon dioxide for each megawatt hour) for new power plants, which will basically prevent the construction of new coal power plants. The only fossil energy source that will be able to comply with the new regu[more]

US President Obama does not allow uranium mining in the Gran Canyon. Withstanding pressure from the industry and Republicans, he protected 1m square acres in the natural treasure from mining operations. On-green-policy. It sounds like a no-brainer. The Grand Canyon is one of the beautiful sites in t[more]

Traditionally buying and building decision are taken with accounting mainly for purchasing costs. While the upfront paying for building a new house or buying a new car may seem the most relevant factor and intuitively comprehensible, it is only one – and actually quiet incomplete – part of the r[more]

For years citizens presented increasingly overwhelming evidence that hydraulic fracturing used in gas and oil drilling is tainting drinking water. Buying off plaintiffs and closing off evidence the fossil industry has somehow managed to create the impression that there is no proven link between che[more]

For the first time, at least since industrialisation, global investments in renewables have outstripped investments in fossil energy generation. According to Bloomberg, despite economic crisis on the horizon, 187b US$ have been invested in clean energy production. Clearly, nobody can talk of a negli[more]

US highways are in a bad shape, one out of nine bridges are “structurally deficient”. Some 40 years after being built, upkeep is getting more expensive while available funding is decreasing. Due to falling mileage and better fuel efficiency of US cars, the 18.4 cents fuel tax per gallon [more]

Clear words from a surprising actor: Completely unsuspicious of being a leftwing, tree-hugging dreamer, the US military conceives the US reliance on fossil fuels as a threat to national security. Emerging crisis of any sort are very likely to drive up prices and the resulting financial and social pr[more]

Developed countries have pledged US$ 30bn until 2012 and US$ 100bn until 2020 for mitigating climate change. In all likelihood and considering the dire state of many public finances, a promise involved politicians don’t expect to keep. Therefore, the question arises where the money could come[more]

Plentiful rain and now melting snow has completely filled many reservoirs and exhausted their overflow capacities the US North-West. To the extent actually that operators are now forced to produce excess electricity destroying demand for the output of the many wind power stations in the region. In [more]

Shale gas is booming in the US  and Canada and according to some sources is bound to become to most important source of primary energy in the region. However behind the suspiciously optimistic assumptions, some insiders reveal worrying figures seriously questioning both its ecological and econom[more]