Energy

July 9, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer notes high gas prices are doing what Congress has taken decades to do – make the vehicle fleet more fuel efficient. He sees Congress repeating the mistake now with cap and trade - instead of gas taxes.</p>
The Washington Post
July 9, 2008, 9am PDT
<p>The Guardian U.K. observes that the end of cheap oil is changing driving habits, boosting public transit use and encouraging localization. In short, they are making America a bigger place.</p>
The Guardian
July 8, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>With gas prices at more than $9 per gallon in Britain, driving habits are changing.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
Blog post
July 7, 2008, 10am PDT

Basic Elements

Mike Lydon
Blog post
July 7, 2008, 10am PDT

In my recent post outlining Council's approval of the EcoDensity Charter and Initial Actions I referenced that two new rezoning policies approved by Council (Actions A-1 and A-2) may give Vancouver the highest green requirements for private-sector building design and large site design in North America. Here are these two policies that are in effect as of May 13, 2008. 

Brent Toderian
July 7, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>City officials in Lockhart, near Austin, consider allowing golf carts on arterial streets.</p>
Fox 7 KTBC Austin
Feature
July 7, 2008, 5am PDT
Former Maryland Governor Parris N. Glendening says that Americans are tired of feeling like victims and are ready for innovative changes in how they live and get around.
Parris Glendening
July 3, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>The Bureau of Land Management has reversed course on a proposed moratorium on the construction of solar projects on public land.</p>
Las Vegas Sun
July 3, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>Austin and a number of other cities are working to reduce the carbon footprint left by their fleets of city vehicles. Austin officials are looking for ways to offset their remaining emissions.</p>
Austin American-Statesman
July 3, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>In an effort to reduce shipping costs, Wal-Mart is cutting its food miles and passing the savings on to customer by selling locally grown produce.</p>
The Philadelphia Inquirer
July 2, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>British Columbia's carbon tax went into action this week, raising the price of fossil fuels by just over two cents. Despite some tax concessions in other areas, many drivers remain opposed to the carbon tax.</p>
The Globe & Mail
July 1, 2008, 10am PDT
<p>Unless international carbon-capping treaties are implemented, fossil fuel consumption (with their greenhouse gas emissions) will increase 50% by 2030, largely resulting from growth in energy consumption in China and other developing nations.</p>
Associated Press via Google News
July 1, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>The article suggests that rising gas prices, enduring subprime mortgage crisis, and some changing demographics (i.e., the aging of Baby Boomers) are all contributing to the greater popularity of central city neighborhoods.</p>
The Chicago Tribune
June 30, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>The Bureau of Land Management, with a pile of solar power plans on its desk, declares a moratorium on building on public land until they can do environmental impact studies.</p>
The New York Times
June 29, 2008, 1pm PDT
<p>A Delaware energy company has agreed to buy power from a proposed offshore wind power farm that could now be built by 2012. The agreement gives more clout to the proposed power farm, which has been debated in the state for years.</p>
The News Journal
June 29, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>High water levels are straining hydroelectric power generators in Oregon, where too much energy is being created.</p>
The Oregonian
June 28, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>With unprecedented demand, Amtrak is hampered by years of neglect. The agency is unable to handle all the new customers resulting from high gas prices and plane tickets and is struggling to replace aged equipment and pay for increased fuel costs.</p>
The New York Times
June 26, 2008, 2pm PDT
<p>Inventor, visionary, and architect Buckminster Fuller used design to tackle problems including homelessness and environmental degradation.</p>
Democracy Now!
June 26, 2008, 7am PDT
<p>The economics of long commutes are forcing many to the conclusion that suburban living is no longer viable, and suburban housing prices are falling accordingly.</p>
The New York Times
June 26, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>A grassroots group is working to remove barriers to erecting clotheslines, which are commonly banned by apartments buildings as a blight. The group is pitching their work as an energy conservation effort.</p>
Rutland Herald