Americans are behind Obama, in the sense that they support the president's concept of a national clean energy standard. But they're also behind, in the sense that the voting public is unwilling to go as far as the president wants to go because of costs.
In DC, our leaders are arguing over how much of our Alaskan wilderness we should open up for oil and gas extraction. In the meantime, some enterprising folks, with a lot less clout but a lot at stake, have decided to go their own renewable way.
The human race will be around in a hundred years, even if oil won't -- in a big way at least. We will have long gone back to living off the land by that point, just as we did before the modern industrial revolution changed life seemingly irrevocably.
Biochar is a unique 'green' technology: it takes carbon that has been captured from the atmosphere during the growing process of plants, and converts it into a soil additive, thereby storing the carbon in the earth.
The bill ensures the vast majority of allowances go to helping consumers, providing a level playing field for energy intensive industries, deploying low-carbon technologies, and preventing deforestation.