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The future of garbage in Palo Alto, CA

What’s in your trash receptacles? Palo Alto is in the process of crafting a new Recycling and Composting ordinance to restrict recyclables and compostables from the garbage.

On January 27, 2010, the City of Palo Alto conducted its first public meeting regarding the proposed Recycling and Composting Ordinance. ... read more

RollingStone's Enemies of the Planet: Warren Buffett Heads the List

RollingStone has published an article on the individuals who are single-handedly posting the biggest threat to our planet.   It is an interesting list and includes:

  • Warren Buffett - the dubious number 1 spot who seems to be banking on the failure of the clean energy bills with huge investments tied to coal.
  • Rupert Murdoch -  #2 due to the Fox News propaganda machine.
  • Sen. James Inhofe - who proudly guarantees that the GOP will be able to block carbon curbing legislation and bemoaned not landing in the number 1 position on the RollingStone list.
  • George Will - for writing lie after lie in his column - thus using his reputation as the Conservative Intellectual to give credibility to disinformation.
  • John McCain - Flip-flopping to try and save his political life.

The common theme to the list seems to be age (most on the list are over 70, wtf - they don't need the planet that much longer?)... read more

Copenhagen: A Win or a Loss for Obama and the Environment?

I've been reading a lot of the criticism aimed at Obama in the wake of Copenhagen summit.   Just when it seemed that COP15 would end with no progress at all, Obama helped broker a non-binding agreement with clear targets.   But what good is a non-binding agreement anyway?   The reality is that a legally binding agreement as a prerequisite would have meant no agreement.... read more

Here Comes Copenhagen! What will the U.S. Do?

The Copenhagen U.N. climate talks are coming up and much of the world is wondering if the U.S. will finally commit to CO2 emissions reduction goals.  Meanwhile, the Kerry/Boxer climate change bill hobbles through Congress and may end up toothless  (much like health care) as compromise in Senate makes it difficult for anything of substance to get through.   However, I received this video in my email from Environment California that reminded me that while our Fed lumbers along, State can and are making a difference.   Leading the way are California and New Jersey.  Thanks for the reminder and kudos to the states taking the lead.... read more

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Do electric cars really help the environment? Are they 'green'?

Are hybrid and electric vehicles batteries a Green alternative or add hazardous chemicals to our landfills?

Visiting the West-Coast Green conference in San Francisco this past week confirmed the feel-good and coolness of electric vehicles. Photo from hybridcars.com: Photo from hybridcars.comPhoto from hybridcars.com: Photo from hybridcars.com

I would definitely be a happy camper if I win the electric bike or electric tricycle raffle!... read more

How to move the public on climate action?

Many Americans believe climate change is an impending environmental threat that faces us in the next millennium, however, although global warming is considered the biggest threat, most people are not committed to making the choices and lifestyle changes that are required. 

While, global temperatures are rising, weather conditions change across the world, the Arctic ice cap is melting, scientists and environmentalists are presenting urgent warnings about climate change, politicians, business leaders and financial ventures incentivize, stimulate and invest in new Green technologies - people acknowledge the threat, but are still not taking personal actions to reduce the problem.

Today, a number of scientists acknowledge that some climate change may not be reversible.

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Ted Kennedy: A Friend of the Environment

Ted Kennedy: A Friend of the EnvironmentI was saddened to hear the news of Ted Kennedy's passing.  Even though his brain cancer diagnosis was grim, it still was sad to lose such an important, progressive, and influential person in American politics.

As a resident of Massachusetts, I've happily voted for Senator Kennedy, but the funny part is that since I've lived here, nobody ran against him.  I guess nobody wanted to bother running against the Liberal Lion!

Senator Kennedy did so many wonderful things throughout his career, from helping immigrants and the working class to the environment.   He cared so deeply about so many things, and Ted Kennedy was certainly a friend to the environment and the green movement.

A few highlights for what Senator Kennedy stood for when it came to the environment...... read more

San Diego Goes Electric

San Diego is trying to get ahead of the curve and spearhead the next stage in automotive history.  I recently wrote about how the California city will be one of five designated spots for Nissan to sell its new Electric Vehicle, the Leaf. Nissan chose this city because it is part of a giant Department of Energy battery funding project.  The city will receive $400 million to create infrastructure for a new all electric fleet.  All this goes together with a recent announcement from the San Diego Gas &amp... read more

The Clean Energy Summit is ON!!!

Starting on Monday, Las Vegas hosted a positively heavenly summit.  The National Clean Energy Summit 2.0 is a place where the great political movers and shakers come to speak and share ideas about governmental policy.  The event is organized by the Center for American Progress and the Energy Future Coalition.  Just so you know who seems to be backing this group it put out a memo explaining the benefits of natural gas and building efficiency.  Natural gas and building interests checked.

The National Clean Energy Summit 2.0... read more

Jon Stewart Interviews DOE Secretary Steven Chu

A great interview between Steven Chu, Department of Energy Secretary, and Jon Stewart, host of the daily show.  I actually enjoy the begining part with "cap and trade" a little bit more.  Let us know if you like these type of features at KeenforGreen.com.

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