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Culture of Denial

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Former VP Al Gore highlights the parallels between the fiscal crisis and climate change denial

Kate Sheppard for The Huffington Post: Former Vice President Al Gore sees parallels between the last two and a half weeks of budget chaos on Capitol Hill and the climate crisis: Many will deny there's a problem -- until they are ultimately compelled to take action by forces beyond their control. "The tendency by many members of Congress to deny the reality of the government shutdown and the......read more

Obama Announces Government Emissions Targets

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The largest consumer of energy in the US aims for 28% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

President Obama announced yesterday that his administration will aim to reduce the federal government's greenhouse gas emissions 28% over the next decade. “As the largest energy consumer in the United States, we have a responsibility to American citizens to reduce our energy use and become more efficient,” said President Obama. “Our goal is to lower costs, reduce pollution, and shift......read more

The GMO Clampdown

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Monsanto and GMO lobbyists are feeling the heat from governments

Ocean Robbins for The Huffington Post: It hasn't been a good week for Monsanto and the rest of the biotech industry. Just three days ago, Mexico banned genetically engineered corn. Citing the risk of imminent harm to the environment, a Mexican judge ruled that, effective immediately, no genetically engineered corn can be planted in the country. This means that companies like Monsanto will no......read more

Plastic Bag Ban Passed in L.A. County

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County to become the largest government entity in the country to enact a ban.

When the effort to ban plastic bags across California failed this past August, we were bummed. But we also knew that it would open the door for local governments to do what the state legislature could not. Lo and behold, it was announced today that the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has stepped up and passed a ban on plastic bags in grocery and convenience stores. Since the ban only......read more

South Korea's Green Mission

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Government hopes to spur a green revolution by pouring cash into clean industry.

South Korea is taking bold steps to become a global green leader. Under the country's national “green growth” plans, released last year, the government has pledged $97 billion worth of funding for environment-related industries, and another $36 billion toward renewable energy. The planned influx of cash is aimed to help the country achieve lofty environmental goals by 2020, including a......read more

House of the Rising Sun

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Government announces plans to install solar panels at the White House.

Last month, Bill McKibben (author of "Eaarth") and 350.org tried to get solar panels installed on the White House. They were quietly rebuffed by the White House and we thought that was it. Not so. Yesterday the Department of Energy announced that solar panels and a solar water heater will be installed at the presidential mansion by next spring. The announcement, which comes just in......read more

Oil Spill Triggers Criminal Inquiry

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As latest attempt to stop leak fails, government initiates criminal probe into disaster.

President Obama vowed to pursue criminal inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, a few hours before Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced that federal authorities have opened criminal and civil investigations. Shares of BP PLC plunged 13 percent after it was revealed that the latest attempt to fix the leaking well failed. The selloff knocked $18 billion off BP's market......read more

Obama Orders Freeze on Offshore Drilling

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President concedes neither oil companies nor government were prepared for worst-case scenario.

In Washington on Thursday, President Obama addressed widening public anger over the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, ordering a moratorium on offshore drilling in U.S. waters. The announcement reverses a previous decision to expand offshore drilling off American coastlines. At the White House press conference, the President also said there was too much complacency in goverment prior......read more

Modeling Corporate Climate Action

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In the face of government paralysis, companies take action on climate change.

It’s easy to get the impression that there is no hope for climate action. Perhaps you’ve heard that the recent DC snowstorms buried any chance to pass a comprehensive energy and climate bill. Or that hacked emails have set the climate movement back a decade. We have a completely ineffectual Senate, a gun-shy EPA, and a dysfunctional global climate community. Our political leadership seems to......read more

Solar Power From Space?

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Japanese government plans to capture solar energy in space and send it to Earth via laser or microwave by 2030.

The Japanese government recently chose a group of companies and research teams who are assigned to achieve this ambition, a dream worth billions of dollars, to produce clean energy in an unlimited amount in the next few decades. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) hopes that the ambitious plans will help ease the country’s energy problems as well as provide a solution for global......read more

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