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GM Signs “Climate Declaration”

Maker joins VW in addressing issues for climate change.

by on May.03, 2013

GM's rooftop solar array in Baltimore, Md., reflects its commitment to the environment.

General Motors has become the first automaker among 40 major U.S. companies to sign a “Climate Declaration” collectively asserting that responding to climate change is good business.

The campaign is organized by sustainable business advocacy group Ceres, a long-time critic of GM’s environmental positions over the years, and its Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy, or BICEP, coalition.

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Signers of the declaration, such as GM, are calling for policymakers to address climate change by promoting clean energy, boosting efficiency and limiting carbon emissions.


Ford Criticized for Its Continued Membership in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Lobbying and rhetoric heat up as Senate Committee passes contentious climate bill. Billions of your tax dollars are at stake.

by on Nov.05, 2009

Half of U.S. electricity generation comes from coal, which emits enormous quantities of greenhouse gases.

Burning coal emits large amounts of greenhouse gases as it makes half of the U.S.'s electricity.

The Union of Concerned Scientists is calling on its membership to put pressure on William Clay Ford Jr., chairman of the Ford Motor Company, to make a public break with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and “its stance of denying the science and need for action on climate change.”

The action from the pressure group comes as the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee passed over the objections of Republican members the “Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act” this morning, setting the stage for the rest of the Senate to move forward with controversial climate change legislation.

The bill sets a short-term target of reducing green house gas emissions 20% below 2005 levels by 2020. Critics contend that to do so will wreck the economy. The act also establishes a “cap-and-trade” system to reduce U.S. greenhouse gases.

At stake are billion of dollars in credits — or taxpayer giveaways — to power and oil companies in voluntary greenhouse gas emissions trading markets or in mandatory emissions trading markets, if they are legislated.

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Like the already passed House bill, the Senate bill requires periodic scientific assessments to ensure the program is operating effectively. Unlike the House measure, the bill would retain the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to require emission reductions from the oldest and dirtiest powerplants.


Can Recycling and Land Reuse Practices Really Fight Climate Change?

New EPA report claims positive possibilities.

by on Sep.21, 2009


EPA also ruled earlier this year that greenhouse gases are a threat to public health and welfare.

Much progress can be made to reduce the nation’s greenhouse gases through recycling, waste reduction, smart growth, and by reusing formerly contaminated sites including “brownfields,” according to a report just issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA says, not without controversy,  that climate change is primarily the result of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and its effects will worsen over time in the absence of regulatory action. EPA also ruled earlier this year that greenhouse gases are a threat to public health and welfare.

“Opportunities to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions through Materials and Land Management Practices” claims that 42% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are influenced by materials management policies. These include the impacts from extracting raw materials, food processing, and manufacturing, transporting, and disposing of products.

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EPA says another 16% to 20% of emissions are associated with land management policies. That includes emissions from passenger transportation, construction, and from lost vegetation when greenfields are cleared for development. In addition, the equivalent of 13% of U.S. emissions is absorbed by soil and vegetation and can also be protected or enhanced through land management policies.


EPA Offers Tips to Save Energy and Fight Climate Change this Summer

The energy used in an average home contributes more greenhouse gas emissions than a typical car.

by on May.12, 2009

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Simple changes can reduce high summer electric bills.

With summer and the high costs of cooling right around the corner, EPA is offering advice to help Americans reduce both energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions by one third through Energy Star.

The energy used in an average home costs more than $2,200 a year and contributes more greenhouse gas emissions than a typical car.

“A few simple changes will help create real reductions in high summer electric bills and provide a hefty cut in greenhouse gas emissions in the bargain,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “It’s important that we all do our part to confront climate change, especially when it can help save money during these challenging economic times.”    (more…)