Archive for April 21st, 2009

Congress Begins "Mother of All Climate Weeks"
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Designed to coincide with Earth Day, Congress has begun three full days of hearings on climate and energy bills in the House and the Senate—according to Politico, it’s the “mother of all climate weeks.” A parade of 54 witnesses, including EPA head Lisa Jackson, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, trout fishermen, Catholic priests, green business leaders, and yes, Al Gore, will testify on global warming while Congress deliberates on t…
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Partisan discord weighs down energy policy

WASHINGTON–Democrats and Republicans share some common goals in terms of energy policy–both parties want a diversified energy portfolio and a lower dependence on foreign oil. With different motives for achieving those goals, however, as well as opposing views on how to accomplish them, partisan politicians in Congress could stall the …

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Ed Begley Jr. On QVC This Earth Day

Ed Begley Jr. On QVC This Earth Day
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Ed Begley, Jr., star of the award-winning hit series “Living with Ed” and author of “Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Life,” is scheduled to make his QVC debut this Earth Day at 7 PM (ET) and 10 PM (ET), to demonstrate and share ways to reduce impact on the planet.

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I had lunch with Ed yesterday and I have to say he’s the real deal. As many times as he’s talked about the environment, he just never gets tired of sharing his thoughts and passion abo…
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Toyota is readying a new, cheaper Prius
Toyota Motor Corp. said it won’t change the price tag on its next-generation Prius when the hybrid hits U.S. showrooms in late May.

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The 6 Greenest Republicans in Office

The 6 Greenest Republicans in Office
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There have been few times in recent memory when Republicans have gotten as bad of a rap they do now—especially on the environmental front. It’s easy to point fingers and blame the entire party for the US being late to the table on important green issues like climate change, and renewable energy. But that just wouldn’t be accurate. True, attempting to address such is…
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Cosmic Log: Celebrate Earth and space

Cosmic Log: Celebrate Earth and space

Earth Day is a great opportunity to celebrate our planet, reflect on ways to protect it — and widen your planetary perspective as well.Science editor Alan Boyle’s Weblog: Earth Day is a great opportunity to celebrate our planet, reflect on ways to protect it — and widen your planetary perspective as well.

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Cool the Earth Teams Up with the Climate Project to Reach More Youth
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Score another one for “An Inconvenient Truth.” The founders of Cool the Earth, a group that does climate education in the San Fransisco Bay Area, started the project after being inspired by Al Gore’s hit film. Now Cool the Earth is partnering with Gore’s Climate Project to grow their influence and reach even more young people with their green message….
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100 MPG Bright IDEA Unveiled Today

100 MPG Bright IDEA Unveiled Today

Bright Automotive has been hyping their 100-mpg concept vehicle for months, and today, it was finally revealed. It’s not much to look at, but luckily, the IDEA has a lot of impressive features that should make it very appealing.

The IDEA plug-in hybrid is designed specifically for commercial and government fleets. It has a 30-mile all-electric range before the hybrid engine takes over, which achieves 70 mpg. So, if you drove it 100 miles in one trip, you’d only use one gallon of gas, but the car would become less efficient over longer trips that didn’t include recharging the battery. Regardless, it’s still a huge increase in efficiency over standard commercial fleet vehicles, which average less than 15 mpg.

Bright’s CEO John Waters has said that the company needs $400 million in DOE loans or the equivalent in raised capital in order to meet its target rollout at the end of 2012. Although a base price hasn’t been set for the IDEA, the company claims that a fleet company with 250 vehicles would save more than $500,000 a year by switching to the IDEA from traditional vehicles.

Bright is entering a market that has so far been overlooked by EV makers and seeing as public and private fleets purchase around 500,000 cars a year, it’s both a market that is in desperate need of an efficiency makeover and one that could payoff big for Bright.

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TranquiliT Adds Something Green to Your Wedding With Eco-Friendly Bridal Gowns
TranquiliT may be better known for its downward-dog-friendly garb, but the erstwhile yoga-wear label is now rocking the frock, matrimonial style. Outfit the femmes of your bridal party—bride, bridesmaids, and flower girls—in 95 per…
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Preserve Offers Free Shipping to Celebrate Earth Day
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Over the years Eric Hudson’s company, Preserve (formerly Reycline), has done some great things that we here at TreeHugger have been following. It all started with the launch of the Preserve toothbrush and the product list has grown from there. From the Preserve Jr. Endangered Species toothbrush to the <a href=”http://www.treehugger.com/file…
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Bush-era chemical rule is overturned

Bush-era chemical rule is overturned
The U.S. government will once again require companies to fully disclose the toxic chemicals they release into the air, onto land and into water.

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DOE Ranks Greenest Utility Companies, Spots Positive Trends

The Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has released its annual lists of utility companies that are leading the way in renewable energy programs. The DOE compiled lists in these categories: total sales of renewable energy to program participants, total number of participants, percentage of customer participation, green power sales percentage, and lowest price premium for green power. Unsurprisingly, utilities in Texas, Oregon and California topped most of the rankings.

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During their analysis, the DOE uncovered some positive trends. As of the end of 2008, more than 850 utilities now offer renewable energy programs and renewable energy sales increased by 20 percent over 2007.

Renewable energy sales reached over 5 billion kWh in 2008 and more than 600,000 customers are participating in these programs. Wind makes up the largest amount of renewable energy generated in these programs.

While progress of any kind is good, we need these numbers to be even higher. All of the programs that made the DOE’s list are voluntary programs, so, whether you live in one of the winning utility’s service areas or elsewhere, call your power company and sign up for its renewable energy program. If it doesn’t offer one, ask why not. The easiest way to get these numbers up and even more utilities on board is to ask for it.

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Innovative Ways To Save Water:The Inflatable Shower Curtain
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We love showing innovative ways to save water. When Elisabeth Buecher of Central Saint Martins College was given the design brief “How can your shower fight water overconsumption in either a disturbing or a gorgeous way, using innovative materials, printing techniques and inflatable technology?” She responded:

This shower curtain slowly inflates around you while you shower. It leaves you only a few minutes to take your shower before trapping you. She claims “My Shower curtain is a green warrior”…
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