Posts tagged environmentalism

It is crucial that the lawmakers in Washington, D.C., understand that the economy is a wholly owned subsidiary of the environment.
All pollution and all waste is lost profit. It’s stuff companies pay for but can’t sell. One secret to business is to see pollution and waste as a red flag for untapped profits, and seek to reduce, reuse, or recycle it to create value.
Bill Coors, as quoted here. It’s relevant to something I’m working on these days.

U.S. carbon emissions up nearly 4% in 2010


U.S. emissions of the main greenhouse gas rebounded nearly 4 percent last year as factories ran harder while the economy recovered and as consumers boosted air conditioning during the hot summer, the government said today.

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of oil, coal, and natural gas, which accounts for about 80 percent of U.S. overall greenhouse gas output, rose 213 million tonnes, or 3.9 percent, last year, the Energy Information Administration said.

It was the first rise in the emissions blamed for global warming since the recession pushed them down in the previous two years and the largest increase since 1988.

“In 2010 manufacturing industries showed a strong recovery from the 2008-9 recession and energy-intensive manufacturing experienced high growth as well,” which contributed to the rise, the EIA said in an annual report.

The emissions boost in 2010 “likely does not signal a new trend in emissions growth,” as the total amount emitted was below levels hit in 2007 and 2005, the EIA said.

In fact, the United States has made some progress on reducing emissions as many utilities have been switching to burning natural gas, which releases less CO2 than coal.

In addition, U.S. CO2 emissions from vehicles could ease in coming years as the Obama administration has already passed efficiency standards and is considering making them tougher.

Still, last year’s rise shows that U.S. emissions are now mostly dictated by changes in the economy. Without a comprehensive energy policy, President Barack Obama’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions about 17 percent by 2020 from the 2005 levels—which he made at an international conference on global warming—remains a challenge.

“The fact that emissions fell in 2008 and 2009 gave some people false comfort,” said Michael Levi, an energy and environment expert at the Council on Foreign Relations.

“The reality remains that you’re not going to hit the targets Obama has set out without concerted policy to achieve them.”

I would also just like to remind everyone that the targets Obama set are incredibly weak and we’re not even close to reaching them. This is what we call not even trying a little.

Slow clap.

(via notable) onearth:

A PR firm working for Dow Chemical asked author Anna Lappé to contribute a video about the future of water for Dow’s flashy new “virtual conference” called “The Future We Create.” Here is Lappé’s submission. It was rejected.

Another thing the last-minute budget deal, which isn’t actually a deal yet at all, doesn’t have: policy riders meant to get in the Environmental Protection Agency’s way. This should probably be a bigger headline than it currently is.

In the face of massive disasters like Australia’s near-biblical floods and the BP oil catastrophe, Americans seem to be taking a personal approach. It’s no wonder, with the failure of the Copenhagen climate summit and the inability of the U.S. Senate to pass a climate bill, global action is a distant dream. In its place we have local and personal efforts.
The Atlantic is optimistic about collective efforts toward sustainable living.
This awesome zero-emission electric sportbike is coming to market.

This awesome zero-emission electric sportbike is coming to market.