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Playing the Energy Lottery

Terry Tamminen | Posted 11.04.2013 | Green
Terry Tamminen

Given that more than half of the states in the U.S. have various incentives or mandates for solar, why wouldn't Congress consider catching up to China with this policy on a national level?

Dirty Power for San Francisco? Say S'hell No!

Tom Dalzell | Posted 06.23.2013 | San Francisco
Tom Dalzell

The basic idea of communities controlling more of their own power mix in order to lower costs, increase renewables and protect the environment is sound. But the Shell contract with San Francisco will create no new renewables while raising green house gases.

Is Energy Obama's Internet?

Theodore Johnson | Posted 02.04.2013 | Green
Theodore Johnson

Just as President Clinton presided over the Internet boom that accompanied rapid economic growth in the late '90s, the nation may be on the verge of an energy boom that will define the Obama economy -- and his presidency's legacy.

Reality Trumps Magical Thinking Time to Act on Climate Change

Michael Northrop | Posted 01.18.2013 | Green
Michael Northrop

No, Mr. Akin, women do not have a magical ability to suppress a rapist's sperm. No, Mr. Rove, Fox News did not miscall the Ohio vote. And no, climate deniers, climate change is real, happening now, and we've got to address it.

Regaining Its Mojo: A Seven Point Action Plan for Repowering America

Ron Pernick | Posted 12.10.2012 | Green
Ron Pernick

Make no mistake: Like past industrial shifts, from railroads and telephony to airplanes and computers, U.S. leadership in clean tech is not a fait accompli. It will require carefully orchestrated actions. The choice is clearly ours.

Issa Slams Obama On Energy Failure

The Huffington Post | Erin Mershon | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans have jumped on the latest failed solar company, lambasting it as another example of the Obama administration's "politically ...

Longmont Company To Build Nation's First Biofuels Plant

Posted 05.24.2012 | Denver

A Colorado-based biofuels company announced a partnership Wednesday to build what will be the nation's first commercial biofuels plant with an expecte...

Help This New England Church Become More Efficient

Susanna Murley | Posted 03.07.2012 | Green
Susanna Murley

Recently, a Planet Forward member emailed me to ask how her church should become more energy efficient, especially considering their tight budget.

For Clean Energy, Politics Is Bad Business

Brian F. Keane | Posted 01.16.2012 | Green
Brian F. Keane

Until we get serious about discussing clean energy's benefits to consumers -- more choices, more energy independence, more cost savings -- and stop focusing on how politics gets in the way, the industry will fight to go mainstream.

The Supply and Demand of Renewable Energy

Dennis V. McGinn | Posted 11.26.2011 | Green
Dennis V. McGinn

After many "false starts," renewable energy technologies are beginning to take hold. As those technologies scale up, their costs decline.

An Opportunity We Can't Afford To Miss

Jakada Imani | Posted 11.02.2011 | San Francisco
Jakada Imani

We've heard it before -- "green jobs are on the way!" Just a few years later, the economy crashed and green jobs became fewer and farther between than anticipated. But a weak economy doesn't make the bad air any less harmful.

Defense and Aerospace Industry Should be Redirected to Renewable Energy Technology

Lloyd Chapman | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green
Lloyd Chapman

If we redirected 25 percent of defense spending to renewable energy, we could spur competition and innovation amongst the top defense contractors for federal renewable energy contracts instead of military contracts.

What It Takes to Preserve Environmental Justice in California

Jakada Imani | Posted 08.08.2011 | Los Angeles
Jakada Imani

Critics of the California Environmental Quality Act claim it is inconvenient and expensive to consider the economic and health impacts on residents. They could not be more wrong.

Green Shoots for Oil Independence

David Burwell | Posted 07.26.2011 | Green
David Burwell

Green shoots prophesying accelerated declines in American oil consumption are cropping up everywhere. Even before the recession, total domestic oil consumption was in decline and the trend accelerated as the economy lagged.

How China Plans to Leapfrog the American Economy (And it's Not What You Think)

Ian Fletcher | Posted 07.25.2011 | Books
Ian Fletcher

Beijing makes plans in very long increments. They, unlike our own election-cycle worshiping rulers, think through where they want their country to be 100 years from now. This is why China is busy economically colonizing Africa and is making fools of us in Afghanistan

The Obvious Solutions Newt Gingrich Is Missing

Andy Mannle | Posted 07.20.2011 | Green
Andy Mannle

Newt Gingrich is an ideas man. He's all about solutions. But by environmental solutions, he means solving problems the fossil fuel industry has with environmental regulation.

Denver's Sustainable Future

James Mejia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
James Mejia

Sustainability must be at the heart and conscience of all the city of Denver does -- now and in the future. We can no longer afford the days of wanton consumption.

USDA Accomplishments in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency

Sec. Tom Vilsack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sec. Tom Vilsack

Through investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, farms and rural small businesses across the country can reduce their energy consumption and energy expenses.

Upside Down on Clean Energy

David Fenton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Fenton

In America today, the truth is upside down on clean energy. We have allowed ourselves to be successfully tarred as the people who will hurt the economy by the fossil fuel forces who will guarantee the economic decline of America.

Addressing Climate Change: It's the Economy, Stupid

Mary Ellen Harte and John Harte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte and John Harte

If candidates don't stand up for green energy, then don't vote them in -- because it's not just our health, our national security, or the devastating climatic consequences -- it's the economy, stupid.

This Labor Day, Green Companies and Union Workers Building a Sustainable Economy Together

Kimberly Freeman Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kimberly Freeman Brown

The employers in our report and their responsible business and labor practices mark a shift toward a more sustainable model for workers, shareholders, and the planet.

Change? Green Jobs Advocate Faces Prison for Dropping Banner, BP and Massey Go Free?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

A legendary nonviolent advocate dropped a "Green Jobs Now" banner down the hallway of the Hart Senate Office Building. He faces up to three years in prison. Let's put this bizarre situation in context.

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
DK Matai

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post....

Where Businesses That Support Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Should Go

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan Kim

It turns out that when it comes to climate change, US businesses aren't so conservative after all. That's why a group like American Businesses for Clean Energy is so important.

Exposed: Texas Big Oil Funding Petition to Kill California's Anti-Pollution Legislation

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jonathan Kim

Oil refiners Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp. are funding a petition drive to get a measure on the ballot suspending AB 32, California's landmark law to limit greenhouse gas emissions.