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Nation's Premier Intercity Greenway Completes Year of Record Growth

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2010 | 1:38 PM

A national treasure is developing - quickly. Largely under the radar during its first major decade of development, the East Coast Greenway (ECG) now has a 2,900-mile route stretching from Maine's border with Canada to Key West, Florida. It is the urban sister to the Appalachian Trail, yet...

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East Coast Greenway Grows Faster Than China

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 10:36 AM

Great Recession Doesn't Stop Trail Progress

Amidst the horrific oil spill it's nice to see solid progress on one of our nation's premier oil independent transportation corridors. The East Coast Greenway (ECG) just released its State of the Trail Report 2010, revealing that the 3,000-mile trail from Maine...

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Gulf Oil Disaster: It's Time to Bike and Walk

(41) Comments | Posted April 30, 2010 | 1:44 AM

I can't tell you how sad I am to read the details unfolding from the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster. Not only did 11 workers lose their life in the explosion days ago, but now an oil spill bigger than Delaware and Rhode Island combined is killing plants...

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The Best Green Vehicle for 2010 and the Decade Ahead

(2) Comments | Posted January 19, 2010 | 10:41 AM

When conversations start flying about the best green vehicle 2010 has to offer, names like the Toyota Prius and the Chevrolet Volt will no doubt come up. Compressed Natural Gas vehicles may even enter the discourse. But I'm here to put forward a vehicle that has lingered in the shadows...

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Greenways Can Achieve Most of 2020 US Climate Goal

(2) Comments | Posted December 15, 2009 | 11:15 AM

As world leaders gather in Copenhagen to negotiate international strategy to lower global greenhouse emissions, I'd like to share a vision for part of the solution. Greenways and other improvements in bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure can make make a huge impact lowering emissions in the coming decade. Some economists and...

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America's Transportation Leaders Embrace the East Coast Greenway

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2009 | 2:44 PM

This past week, our East Coast Greenway began to move from a solely grassroots initiative to a project also backed by the most important transportation institution in the country. We have great relationships with many of the state Departments of Transportation (DOTs), but achieving federal partnership interest will effect...

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Pedaling Climate Action

(2) Comments | Posted August 14, 2009 | 5:14 PM

I got a call a few weeks ago from my good friend and former college roommate, Pablo Torres from Durham, NC. He said he and his girlfriend, Gabrielle Trapenberg, were planning to ride their bicycles from New York City to DC (a 300-mile journey) as part of the 2009 Climate...

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AWEA: Record US Wind Power Growth in First-Half 2009

(3) Comments | Posted July 28, 2009 | 4:39 PM

US wind capacity continued its impressive growth in the second quarter while fossil fuel consumption continued to fall. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) just released their second quarter report, and it's full of surprisingly upbeat news for a sector hard-hit by the recession. The resilience of wind power...

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New Rochelle Biker Friendly

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2009 | 2:40 PM

Most of the time we think of NYC innovating policy and then sharing it with the local suburbs and beyond. But this summer, New York City's suburb of New Rochelle has passed a groundbreaking policy for the region that will hopefully make its way to NYC. The policy helps New...

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New Report Predicts Record Wind Power Growth Ahead

(10) Comments | Posted July 21, 2009 | 6:56 PM

A new wind power report just came out of the US Department Of Energy that bodes very well for future wind power growth. After a difficult year in 2009, record growth is expected to continue 2010-12. In fact, wind power is expected to be the biggest source of new...

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EIA: US Emissions Diving More Than 4% in 2009

(1) Comments | Posted July 7, 2009 | 5:43 PM

As I wrote last month would probably happen, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) lowered its estimate for fossil fuel energy demand in 2009, translating into a huge drop in greenhouse gas emissions. Emissions projections for coal, oil, and natural gas were all lowered in its July Short Term...

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Why NYC is Not a Top 10 Green City

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2009 | 3:04 PM

Mother Nature News celebrated the renewable energy efforts of Austin, the recycling of San Francisco, the green roofs of Chicago, and the bikeways of Portland. But they left our fair City of New York out of their list of top 10 green US cities. Now it's up to all...

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The Human Toll of Fossil Fuel Use

(4) Comments | Posted June 30, 2009 | 12:50 PM

Most of my posts have focused on the environmental and public health impacts of burning fossil fuels due to their greenhouse gas emissions. But the 12 deaths from a liquefied petroleum gas explosion on an Italian train today are an important reminder that reduced emissions are not the only...

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Government Report: US Emissions Projected to Tank ~3.5% in '09

(1) Comments | Posted June 10, 2009 | 10:08 AM

The US Energy Information Agency (EIA) has further lowered its emissions projection for 2009 this month, as I said in May, was likely. Lower coal consumption drives the reduction, based on a drop in industrial demand for fuel and the substitution by natural gas for coal for electricity...

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US Bike Sales Higher than Car Sales in 2009

(27) Comments | Posted May 26, 2009 | 7:45 PM

During the first quarter of 2009, more bicycles were sold in the US than cars and trucks. While the Great Recession is hurting bike sales, they didn't fall as fast as automobiles. Around 2.6 million bicycle purchases were made, compared to less than 2.5 million cars and trucks that...

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Oil & Gas Prices Back on the Rise

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2009 | 2:13 PM

The prices of oil and natural gas appear to have bottomed now. But with inventories near record levels, a quick price spike much higher doesn't seem sustainable in the short-term. Yesterday, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) weekly petroleum report clearly showed that recessionary low demand continues to dominate...

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Kansas Wind May Power Graceland

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2009 | 5:37 PM

We've all heard of Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) within states, directives that at least a chosen percentage of a state's electricity be provided by renewable energy sources. Goals range from 25% renewables in NY by 2013 to 12.5% in NC by 2015. But the American Council on Renewable Energy...

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US Electricity Emissions in Freefall

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2009 | 11:34 AM

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) US electric power estimates for January and February just came out. And the numbers are dramatic. Net generation in January was down ~3.3% from January 2008, largely on lower demand from industrial users. February showed an even greater ~6.9% nosedive in net generation...

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The Vatican To Go Fully Solar

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2009 | 12:44 PM

Only a few days after Roman Catholic Easter, the tradition's faith leaders announced a plan to care for God's Creation by harvesting energy from sunlight. Solar photovoltaic (PV) power exists in a small scale all over the world, from arrays less than 1 kW to a couple dozen MW....

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Oil Report Shows Global Carbon Emissions May Fall in 2009

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2009 | 1:51 PM


For the first time since the last oil shock of the early 1980s, global greenhouse gas emissions are poised to fall significantly. The International Energy Agency (IEA) just released its monthly oil report within which they lowered oil demand projections by 1 million barrels per day (Mbd)...

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