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What's Next for the Green Economy II - The Sequel

Why the Midterm Elections Cannot Stop the Green Economy
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Back when President Obama was elected in 2008 I wrote a blog post about "What's Next for the Green Economy". At the time we were in the midst of economic turmoil, and expectations ran sky high for what Obama would achieve, including action on climate change and the growth of the green economy, as well as turning around the entire economy. Now it's time for the sequel--Revenge of the Republicans. Another election has come with power switching hands, and the economy is still in rough water--I can't help but wonder once again what this means for the green economy. The more I think about it the more I see there is more than one answer to this question. If you're looking for the U.S. Government to take sweeping action on climate change, odds are things don't look good. But in other ways the prognosis for the green economy remains strong. Here's why.
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Back when President Obama was elected in 2008 I wrote a blog post about "What's Next for the Green Economy". At the time we were in the midst of economic turmoil, and expectations ran sky high for what Obama would achieve, including action on climate change and the growth of the green economy, as well as turning around the entire economy. Now it's time for the sequel--Revenge of the Republicans. Another election has come with power switching hands, and the economy is still in rough water--I can't help but wonder once again what this means for the green economy. The more I think about it the more I see there is more than one answer to this question. If you're looking for the U.S. Government to take sweeping action on climate change, odds are things don't look good. But in other ways the prognosis for the green economy remains strong. Here's why.

The Breeder's Dilemma

Can you call yourself an environmentalist and still have kids?
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Our decision to start a family didn’t come down to anything resembling the cold calculus of a greenhouse gas inventory (though we did make a spreadsheet with columns for pro and con). It was more a decision from our heart than our head about whether to bring another U.S. consumer into a world possibly dipping its toe into the sixth Great Extinction. And consume he will. Americans are some of the biggest greenhouse gas emitters in the world, and compared to most of our brethren around the world we look like Gullivers in the land of the Lilliputian, emissions-wise. As much as my wife and I have done to reduce our daily impact on the planet, I just guaranteed the perpetuation of that impact for generations to come. Is this my parting gift?

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Our decision to start a family didn’t come down to anything resembling the cold calculus of a greenhouse gas inventory (though we did make a spreadsheet with columns for pro and con). It was more a decision from our heart than our head about whether to bring another U.S. consumer into a world possibly dipping its toe into the sixth Great Extinction. And consume he will. Americans are some of the biggest greenhouse gas emitters in the world, and compared to most of our brethren around the world we look like Gullivers in the land of the Lilliputian, emissions-wise. As much as my wife and I have done to reduce our daily impact on the planet, I just guaranteed the perpetuation of that impact for generations to come. Is this my parting gift?

The Proposition 23 Jobs Battle: Choosing to Flight Climate Change or Create Jobs. Or Do Both.

Who says we can't create jobs and save the world at the same time?
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This election season one of the most contentious battles in California is over Proposition 23 which proposes to roll back and delay the implementation of AB32, California’s landmark bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Those in favor of Proposition 23 say we can’t afford to implement AB32 and fight climate change now, that it will cost us jobs. The measure would delay AB32 until the state’s unemployment rate falls to 5.5% for a whole year. Others say that Proposition 23 (delaying AB32) will do just the opposite, killing jobs, while AB32 would be the job creator. Their positions appear diametrically opposed, total opposites. Who is right? 

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This election season one of the most contentious battles in California is over Proposition 23 which proposes to roll back and delay the implementation of AB32, California’s landmark bill to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Those in favor of Proposition 23 say we can’t afford to implement AB32 and fight climate change now, that it will cost us jobs. The measure would delay AB32 until the state’s unemployment rate falls to 5.5% for a whole year. Others say that Proposition 23 (delaying AB32) will do just the opposite, killing jobs, while AB32 would be the job creator. Their positions appear diametrically opposed, total opposites. Who is right? 

New Report: Growing Water Scarcity in US is 'Hidden' Financial Risk for Investors Owning Utility Bonds

Los Angeles, Atlanta utilities face increasing risks, according to report’s water risk assessment
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Growing water scarcity in many parts of the United States is a hidden financial risk for investors who buy the water and electric utility bonds that finance much of the country's vast water and power infrastructure, according to a first-ever report on the issue released today by Ceres and Water Asset Management.

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Growing water scarcity in many parts of the United States is a hidden financial risk for investors who buy the water and electric utility bonds that finance much of the country's vast water and power infrastructure, according to a first-ever report on the issue released today by Ceres and Water Asset Management.

Book Discussion: Out of the Cage by Burt and Marjorie Liebert

Come join us! Together we can build A New World! Sponsored by World Centric and the Humanist Community
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Sponsored by World Centric and the Humanist Community: 

Come join us! Together we can build A New World!
 
A discussion based on the new book, Out of the Cage
 
Discussion Leaders: Burt and Marjorie Liebert, Authors
 
Out of the Cage is a creative story of dedicated pioneers who set out to build a carbon-neutral, sustainable economy. It is a handbook for you and me to create a truly glorious society.
 
Admission is free and open to the public.
 
Thursday, October 28 7:30 PM
World Centric Community Space Wheelchair Accessible
2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto, CA 94306 
Press Release

Sponsored by World Centric and the Humanist Community: 

Come join us! Together we can build A New World!
 
A discussion based on the new book, Out of the Cage
 
Discussion Leaders: Burt and Marjorie Liebert, Authors
 
Out of the Cage is a creative story of dedicated pioneers who set out to build a carbon-neutral, sustainable economy. It is a handbook for you and me to create a truly glorious society.
 
Admission is free and open to the public.
 
Thursday, October 28 7:30 PM
World Centric Community Space Wheelchair Accessible
2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto, CA 94306 

Rideshare to the Jon Stewart Rally & Elections with Ridebuzz.org: Restore the Sanity!

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Ridebuzz.org has launched online ridesharing services to help rally goers, voters and holiday travelers reduce their carbon footprint and save on travel dollars. In many cases, ridesharing is the only way for people to get from A to B – as many populations are under-served in America and can’t access viable transportation. Sharing resources is a highly cost-effective option to meet community needs.

Rideshare to the upcoming Jon Stewart and Colbert Rally

October 30, 2010 in Washington, DC

Check here if you need/offer a ridshare to the rally.

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Ridebuzz.org has launched online ridesharing services to help rally goers, voters and holiday travelers reduce their carbon footprint and save on travel dollars. In many cases, ridesharing is the only way for people to get from A to B – as many populations are under-served in America and can’t access viable transportation. Sharing resources is a highly cost-effective option to meet community needs.

Rideshare to the upcoming Jon Stewart and Colbert Rally

October 30, 2010 in Washington, DC

Check here if you need/offer a ridshare to the rally.

Valero, Tesoro and Occidental Face Shareholder Pressure for California Proposition 23 Support

Investors File Resolutions Challenging Company Political Spending Policies and Procedures
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Responding to the oil companies’ financial backing for California’s controversial Proposition 23, investors today announced they have filed shareholder resolutions with Occidental Petroleum (Occidental), Valero Energy Corp. (Valero) and Tesoro Corporation (Tesoro) requesting Board-level review and oversight of the companies’ political expenditures and policies. Proposition 23 aims to suspend California’s landmark global warming law and, if passed, would undermine national efforts to reduce pollution causing climate change.

 

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Responding to the oil companies’ financial backing for California’s controversial Proposition 23, investors today announced they have filed shareholder resolutions with Occidental Petroleum (Occidental), Valero Energy Corp. (Valero) and Tesoro Corporation (Tesoro) requesting Board-level review and oversight of the companies’ political expenditures and policies. Proposition 23 aims to suspend California’s landmark global warming law and, if passed, would undermine national efforts to reduce pollution causing climate change.

 

CARBON TradeEx AMERICA Closes on Successful Note

Optimism Towards Future Legislation in the U.S. Prevails
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(3BLMedia/theCSRfeed) Chicago/London/Washington - October 5, 2010 - After two days of lively conference sessions, exhibitor presentations and interaction on the exhibit floor, Carbon TradeEx America came to a close last week at the McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.  

California Companies in BICEP Coalition Urge Prop. 23 “No” Vote

Ballot Measure Would Cost Jobs, Investment; Risk California’s Market Lead in One of 21st Century’s Great Emerging Industries
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California-based Levi Strauss & Co., eBay Inc., Symantec, Clif Bar & Company and The North Face – all internationally known brand names – today urged California voters to reject the Proposition 23 ballot initiative. They said it would effectively kill the state’s landmark air pollution and clean energy law – and with it the kind of technological innovation opportunities that create many jobs.

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California-based Levi Strauss & Co., eBay Inc., Symantec, Clif Bar & Company and The North Face – all internationally known brand names – today urged California voters to reject the Proposition 23 ballot initiative. They said it would effectively kill the state’s landmark air pollution and clean energy law – and with it the kind of technological innovation opportunities that create many jobs.

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