Archives for December, 2011

Comments Off on Energy Savings Help Deliver on Free Shipping Day

Even before more than 2,000 retailers got together to create Free Shipping Day 2011 on Friday, Dec. 16, there have been so many free shipping offers this holiday shopping season than even Santa’s elves couldn’t keep up with them. With FedEx, UPS and the United States Postal Service (USPS) expecting to deliver millions of packages…

Comments Off on Surprise Deal Emerges at United Nations Climate Talks

In a surprise turnaround, the United Nations climate talks managed to produce a new deal to eventually curb global emissions moving forward. In a press release announcing the agreement, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) called it a “breakthrough.” The new agreement marks a break from the Kyoto Protocol, which divided the…

Ohio? No disrespect toward the Buckeye State intended, but when it comes to a compiling of green school in the nation — schools with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-registered and certified projects — you’d have to guess California to be the likely winner, based on sheer size alone. But no, according to the…

Comments Off on Now All GOP Presidential Candidates Express Climate Skepticism

GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman expressed skepticism about the science on climate change, so now all GOP candidates are on the record as doubting either that the planet is clearly warming, or that people are responsible for most of the warming. Of all the GOP candidates, Huntsman had been the most supportive of action on…

Comments Off on Thoughts on GM Volt’s Recent “Rapid Thermal Expansion” Incident

General Motors is on its way to becoming the premier automaker in all technology related to electric vehicle safety and reliability. The recent reporting and follow-up investigation of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) event involving a Chevy Volt (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) is the ideal catalyst for driving EV technology forward and our…

Comments Off on Nuclear Generation Capacity Drops in 2011

After reaching an all-time high in 2010, this year the nuclear power capacity—the amount of electricity that all the world’s nuclear power plants can produce—took a dip. (Related: World Electricity Mix Interactive) The earthquake-tsunami disaster at the Fukushima power plants in Japan, which are still being cleaned up, led many to sour on nuclear energy.…

A sign on Paquet Hall boasts that it is “the first and still the finest berthing” at Pearl Harbor. The three-story Bachelor Enlisted Quarters, built in a U-shape to enclose a palm-lined courtyard, survived the December 7 surprise attack 70 years ago to become a cherished part of the base’s history. This year, the 1927…

The Kyoto Protocol expires in 2012, but there seems little chance that the 17th Conference of the Parties in Durban, South Africa, will end with an international plan on the next steps for climate change. The major sticking point remains how to split the responsibility for emission cuts between developed and developing economies.

Somewhere, pigs are flying and hell must be icing up, because Congress has actually spent some time discussing the electrical grid. As usual, however, they’re locked in another partisan squabble, but procrastinating on addressing the more fundamental danger. Over the past week, the Environmental Protection Agency has been defending its new, tighter air quality rules…

President Obama, frustrated by the extreme political infighting in Congress, took action today to promote part of his green technology agenda. He unveiled plans to move forward with nearly $4 billion in combined federal and private sector energy upgrades to buildings over the next two years as part of something called the Better Business Initiative…