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George Soros Investing $1 Billion in Clean Energy

Hedge-fund manager George Soros is the latest billionaire to throw his money behind clean technology.  Soros announced yesterday that he will be investing $1 billion in clean energy technology and only best offers viagra sales in canada will also be spending $100 million to get viagra prescription create a climate policy advisory organization.

He made it clear that his investments would be based on pill price cialis profitability, but should also "actually make a contribution to solving the problem."  He will donate $10 million over 10 years to the Climate Policy Initiative, which will advise policy makers, but also serve as a watchdog group to protect public interest as environmental policies are developed in the cialis prices at true pharmacies U.S., China, Europe and India.

These large investments from leaders in the business world show that clean energy projects are moving away from being just a niche interest to a mainstream one.  Studies have shown the great potential of renewable energy technologies if the funding increases, so the more moguls, tycoons and leaders we can have supporting them, the better.

via Bloomberg


EPA Will Regulate GHG Emissions

As has been assumed for months, the EPA announced it will move forward with plans to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, but it will keep its focus on large emitters -- those that produce 25,000 tons or more of CO2 a year, like power plants and industrial facilities.  Those large emitters account for 70 percent of the country's GHG emissions.

The administration is proposing the new rule to ensure that emissions will be reduced regardless of what happens with the climate bill in Congress, although the buy cialis canada President believes a bill will be passed by the end of the year.  It will also help to prove that the U.S. is serious about controlling emissions leading up to the climate conference in Copenhagen.

The rule will require around 14,000 power plants, refineries and industrial complexes to apply for construction and operating permits where they will have to prove they are using the latest and greatest technology to minimize emissions.  Smaller businesses will be exempt from scrutiny because of the large emissions threshold.

The gases that the EPA will monitor under the rule are CO2, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons and generic online viagra sulfur hexafluoride.  The rule could go into effect as soon as 2011.

via NY Times


Senate Version of Climate Bill More Aggressive on GHG Emissions

The Senate version of the climate bill, updated from the version passed by the House back in June, will be released on Thursday, but a draft has been made available ahead of time.  While similar to the House version, it takes a more aggressive stance on greenhouse gas reductions.

The latest version of the bill calls for a 20 percent cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, where the earlier version called for a 17 percent cut by 2020, but the buy cialis without a prescription goal of an 83 percent reduction in emissions by 2050 remains the same.

Another major change is that it allows the EPA to factor in GHG emissions when considering biofuel-related land use changes, while the House version didn't allow emissions to be considered for the first six years.

Some changes other changes that should appeal to the opposition include more support for new nuclear power and protections for utilities to keep costs in check for emissions permits.

The new draft is 801 pages long and an abridged version is available for download here.  All reports have indicated it faces an uphill fight in the Senate.

via LA Times



Going to San Jose? Bring Your Own Shopping Bag

Reusable shopping bags have become ubiquitous.  They're available at almost every retail store you walk into, but the majority of Americans still aren't using them.  That may change soon as more and more cities are taking away the choice and making them a necessity.

On Tuesday, the City of San Jose voted to place a ban on all plastic and paper bags at stores.

The ban won't go into effect until 2011 - after a lengthy environmental review of its impact.  This will allow all retailers and consumers to become prepared in time.  For stores who still want to offer shoppers a one-time use option, bags made from at least 40 percent recycled materials can be made available, but at a fee.

Other cities, like San Francisco, have banned plastic bags or levied a tax on them, but San Jose is the first to take action on paper ones.  China's ban on plastic bags, while not strictly adhered to, still resulted in 40 billion less bags being used and cut their petroleum use by 1.6 million tons.

We might see more cities inacting these types of bans very soon. It seems plastic bags are starting to cheapest generic cialis uk go the way of the incandescent bulb.  In June, the U.N.'s Environment Program Chief called for a global ban on plastic bag production.

via Treehugger


Airlines Pledging to Cut Emissions by 50%

At the UN climate talks today in New York, an agreement between airlines, airports and aircraft companies to slash emissions by 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2050 will be presented.  If the UN accepts the ordering levitra online proposal, it will be added to the Copenhagen agenda.

This would be significant because not only is the aviation industry responsible for two percent of yearly global emissions, but those emissions weren't part of the Kyoto Protocol.  Adding a commitment like this to whatever agreement comes out of Copenhagen will mean a substantial improvement over Kyoto.

The International Air Travel Association is also promising that all industry growth will be carbon neutral by 2020.

The one downside of this pledge by the aviation industry is that it will undoubtedly raise fares for travelers, at least initially, while new technologies are being developed.

via AFP

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