Community-wide greenhouse gas emission measures from 2011 show that Berkeley’s emissions are down 8% since 2000, but to meet our city’s Climate Action Plan goal, we need to be 33% below 2000 levels by 2020 and 80% below by 2050. Staff from the City of Berkeley have been tracking greenhouse gas emissions from these areas:… Read more »
After the latest auction of greenhouse gas emission “allowances” under the state’s cap-and-trade law, the trend of slowly rising carbon prices at auction show that the new system is working. What’s working for the new system less well is Gov. Jerry Brown – he has “borrowed” funds raised from these auctions to balance the General… Read more »
Assembly member Nancy Skinner has introduced legislation that would help our schools save lots of money in the future by investing in energy efficiency upgrades today. AB 1186 establishes a dedicated school energy efficiency program for deep energy retrofits of public K-12 schools. Districts that have made similar upgrades have saved hundreds of thousands of… Read more »
EarthJustice blogger Brian Smith says, “When an environmental organization tells you the age of coal is over, it’s fair to dismiss that as mere wishful thinking. But when an international economic magazine says the same thing, people sit up and pay attention.” The Economist recently published “A Burning Issue,” an article heralding the beginning of… Read more »
Can the pond beat petroleum at the pump?