Monday, April 6, 2009
The supreme court recently decreed that the EPA (environmental protection agency)could make its own rulings on whether protecting fish and other aquatic life is worth the cost required to upgrade the plants causing the pollution under the clean water act. While this direct ruling resulted in the retrofitting of 500 plants it has massive implications in how it will be used as a precedent for future rulings. The act of allowing the EPA to have increased direct regulation of corporations is a big legal step and could prove to have major consequences for the environmental policy of the future.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
|The Colbert Report||Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c|
|ThreatDown - Icebergs!|
The beginning of this threat down is important, clearly though, the number one threat is the most important, and is destroying the moral fiber of our nation.
While the plans for emissions are met with abundant optimism over seas they aren't catching on as well at home. Facing criticism ranging from the classical concern that it will stifle the economy, to the fear that cap and trade policies will increase taxes, and increased energy costs for consumers.
On a side note these polar bears, despite there seemingly cheery appearance, are not fans of global warming.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Electric Vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular in the United States, but what policies have helped to spur this development or are being in created in response to it? In San Francisco 3 EV charging stations are being installed next to city hall, as was reported by cnet. This local policy is a good reflection of how public policy is shaped by consumer interest and trends. As our energy crisis worsens more and more resources are being put into the production of EVs and there practicality, affordability and overall awesomness are rapidly increasing. This last point is exemplified by the Tesla Aero EV (pictured below) which does 0-60 in under 3 seconds, faster than a Lamborghini.
While San Francisco is hardly a representation of the American public it is still a good first step in public policy towards the creation of a more sustainable country.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009
In this video, put out over the summer, Obama talks about what he proposes to do with his clean energy initiatives and what kind of new energy he will pursue. This begs the question how will we go about harnessing these powers to provide realistic suppliments, if not substitutions to a gas and coal powered economy.
Here are some cool solutions to these problems.
Solar via the science channel show Ecopolis:
A cool new innovation plus a good basic explanation of solar energy, plus an adorable accent.