On April 8, a federal magistrate judge issued the first major ruling in a California fracking lawsuit, finding that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by failing to take the necessary “hard look” at the impact of hydraulic fracturing when it sold oil … More >
Very little shocks me anymore. But I was shocked – SHOCKED! – to discover that one space in our house which takes up only about 5% of the floor space draws more than 20% of the KWH our house consumes in a day.
Can you guess which room this is? It … More >
A few days ago, The New York Times cancelled its “Green Blog,” dedicated to environmental and energy news. The Times told readers to look for environmental policy news on the “Caucus blog,” dedicated to politics, and energy technology news on the “Bits blog,” dedicated to the business of technology. The demise of the Green … More >
As we have chronicled earlier on the Legal Planet blog, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)’s court-ordered rulemaking on Enterprise Writing Standards for Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs resulted in thousands of public comments in response to the Agency’s Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) — the overwhelming majority in … More >
The Solyndra uproar and the recent International Trade Commission decision to investigate Chinese solar panel manufacturers threatens to distract us from what we need most: a proactive, long-term clean and sustainable energy strategy.
If you look beyond the partisan politics that has recently engulfed the solar industry, two irrefutable facts stand … More >
Particularly given Governor Perry’s presidential candidacy, I thought it would be interesting to see how Texas is doing on air pollution. Perry’s record has been controversial, but the Texas environmental quality agency has a graph showing improvement in ozone levels over the past decade:
However, in considering this graph, it’s … More >
I’ve taken this information from the websites of some of the Republican contenders. What they say about their policies and records may not be exactly objective, but it’s interesting to see how they’d like to be perceived on environment and energy. Here are four takeaway points:
Republican primary … More >
There is a growing concern about climate change and much of the worry pertains to the implications of climate change for food and agriculture. There is emerging evidence that increased heat beyond a certain threshold is likely to reduce yields and that climate change will require adaptation and change in … More >
Energy poverty cripples development prospects. Where people don’t have access to modern energy services, like reliable electricity, their ability to earn a livelihood is sabotaged. That’s why UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called — admirably — for “a revolution that makes energy available and affordable for … More >