Energy companies are undoubtedly relieved that the BC Liberals, led by Christy Clark, will keep running the province. It means that Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, and Kinder-Morgan’s Trans-Canada pipeline remain on the table - despite a few conditions Premier Clark has already laid out.
On Monday, President Barak Obama nominated the assistant administrator for Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Air and Radiation, Gina McCarthy, as the administration’s new head, replacing Lisa Jackson. On Thursday, however, eight Republicans on the failed to show up for her nomination vote, thereby stalling the process for an undetermined period.
Seattle’s Bullitt Center, opened on Earth Day, is being hailed the world’s “greenest” commercial building. Not only does it have a rooftop array of photovoltaic panels that will produce an estimated 230,000 kilowatt-hours per year and composting toilets, it also has strict energy-usage limits for its tenants - and no onsite parking.
Current global investments in fossil fuels are headed towards a major collision with the world’s carbon budget, say researchers from the London School of Economics and the Carbon Tracker Initiative.
Solar powered bike-docking stations are popping up across New York City in preparation for the launch of the United States’ largest bike-sharing program, CitiBike. The initial roll-out of the program will include 300 stations and 5,500 bikes.
Utility companies, that’s who. David Roberts over at Grist has just posted a fantastic series stemming from a report by the Edison Electronic Institute’s that outlines how the success of small-scale renewables could make utility companies, as we know them, obsolete.