FROM THE EDITOR
California Turns On the Power to EVs with New Bills
Forty percent of all electric cars sold in the U .S. are rolling on California highways. In the last four years, more than 100,000 plug-in cars have been sold in the state, according to the Plug-in Electric Vehicle Collaborative. Now, California is about to raise that market share: the goal is one million EV’s on the state’s roads by 2023. That’s the point of several bills signed recently by Governor Jerry Brown, to make EV’s more affordable for low-income residents and to install charging stations in apartment buildings in low-income neighborhood. Other legislation allows EVs to use car pool lanes and offers assistance to car-sharing programs. It’s the best example of how state-level legislative and executive decisions are boldly filling in the outline of a sketchy national energy policy.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – At the UN Climate Summit this week in New York City, which will include the U.S. President Barack Obama and over a hundred other world leaders, much of the focus is likely to be on the role of global companies in meeting the climate change challenges. Policymakers around the world are keen to hear the voice of business and see clear commitment and actions on the reduction of their carbon footprint.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - The recent Miss America pageant has put domestic violence high on the American news agenda, when pageant judge Kathy Ireland asked Miss Florida asked about the video of NFL star Ray Rice abusing his future wife in an elevator, and her decision to stay with him. Ireland asked, “As a woman, what do you think of her decision?” Miss Florida answered the question in 20 seconds.
(3BL Media/Just Means) - There’s a global race going on at the moment in search of renewable, clean types of energy to enable a transition from our current fossil fuel-based economy to a sustainable way of life. These include solar, wind, hydrogen and biofuels, among others. Natural gas is also being pursued as a transitional alternative.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) are a potent greenhouse gas used in refrigeration, air conditioning and insulation. HFCs are 10,000 times more potent than carbon dioxide, which is the most common greenhouse gas. Under the United Nation’s Montreal Protocol, there is an increasing level of support to phase out HFCs globally. However, the use of these ozone-depleting HFCs is growing at a rate of up to 15 percent every year in the United States.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – More than 340 global institutional investors representing over $24 trillion in assets worldwide have issued a statement calling on governments to create a platform for consistent, economically relevant and dependable carbon pricing. This appeal has set the stage for the UN Climate Summit that is about to convene to facilitate a global climate agreement in 2015, according to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP).