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Sign of the <em>Times</em>

Van Jones talks to Grist about his NYT bestseller on the green-collar economy

By now, Van Jones is a familiar face on Grist (heck, he's even got his own tag). David noted previously that Jones has a new book, The Green Collar Economy: How One Solution Can Fix Our Two Biggest Problems, and Jones wrote about the book here earlier this month. This week, Jones' new book made the New York Times bestsellers list, where it currently sits at No. 12. Also topping the list right now is Tom Friedman's Hot, Flat, and Crowded (No. 2), which, as the economy continues to meltdown, makes it appear that readers are looking for some good, …

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Report says energy efficiency significantly boosted California’s economy

California's energy-efficiency measures have created some 1.5 million jobs and saved residents about $56 billion in energy costs since 1972, according to a new study from the University of California at Berkeley. Overall, the study found that the state's efficiency measures freed up billions of dollars that consumers would otherwise have spent on electricity bills and instead injected the cash into other areas of the economy that created more jobs. "Energy efficiency is very good for real incomes, purchasing power, and job creation," said study author David Roland-Holst. What's more, as a result of early action on efficiency, the average …

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Going down

Hybrid production costs may drop two-thirds within 10 years

Bloomberg reports: Toyota Motor Corp., Honda Motor Co. and other carmakers may cut production costs for hybrid systems by 67 percent over the next decade as shipments rise and companies gain experience, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. Gasoline-electric systems on average will cost $1,919 each in 2018, compared with an estimated $5,869 this year as the global market grows 16-fold to 9.6 million units over the same period, the bank said in a report released yesterday. This is remarkable news, especially when you consider that gasoline prices are all but certain to rise to $5 a gallon and higher …

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Florida, part one

A 50 percent GHG cut by 2025 will save Florida $28 billion

Florida Governor Charlie Crist's Action Team on Energy and Climate Change has released its remarkable Final Report. It puts the Sunshine State on the same side of the climate issue as that other sunny coastal state ruled by a Republican (see here). The Action Team finds that an aggressive set of strategies could reduce Florida greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2025 (see figure, click to enlarge). At the same time, the Team finds these reductions, achieved through some 50 policy recommendations covering every aspect of the economy, would bring large economic and energy savings to …

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A preview of Obama's first year: Harry and Louise v. climate legislation

Next president needs a constituency pressing for climate change action

If you listen real hard, you can hear Harry and Louise revving up their SUV, preparing to drive right over any effort to "kill economic growth" or "raise costs on the consumer" with "job-killing" carbon taxes. Green groups still have time to slit the SUV's tires ... but not much time. Barack Obama is poised win the presidential election in less than three weeks, but environmental organizations don't have time to celebrate the Democrat's expected victory. Instead, several leading climate change activists say, enviros need to start organizing now to build a constituency that will support an Obama administration's efforts …

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A defense of Obama's dirty-energy rhetoric, part the second

Obama’s ‘support’ for dirty energy contains conditional clauses that make all the difference

In part the first I made four points about political context: Obama's no ordinary candidate -- given his considerable political liabilities, he is at unique pains to appear reasonable and post-partisan and unexotic. The American people are all-of-the-above on energy -- saying no to particular sources or technologies is perceived as vaguely ideological and interest-groupy. Obama's effort to capture a few key red states means that he needs the votes of working class whites -- he won't get them bashing coal. Greens have nowhere else to go -- Obama's job in the campaign is to pull in swing voters, not …

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Live, baby, live

Architecture 2030’s challenge targets would provide five times the energy as offshore and nuclear

Because America's energy crisis is adversely impacting our economy and national security, it is critical to take a realistic look at the energy solutions currently being proposed by politicians, industry, and the media. Architecture 2030 in its latest E-News Bulletin illustrates that the centerpiece of America's proposed "Bold Energy Plan," consisting of 45 new nuclear plants and offshore drilling, would supply a meager three percent of the 118 QBtu of energy that the Energy Information Administration projects America will consume in 2030. The other proposed big idea is "clean coal" technology, which is at best 15 to 20 years out, …

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Castens on TV

The Chicago NBC affiliate recently interviewed Tom Casten about waste heat recovery.  Granted, they chose the second-most attractive member of the Casten family for the eye-candy ... but other than that, I think it's a decent video.

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A failing grade

NOAA’s arctic report card shows stronger effects of warming in Greenland and permafrost

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released its annual Arctic report card with grim findings: Temperature increases, a near-record loss of summer sea ice, and a melting of surface ice in Greenland are among some of the evidence of continued warming in the Arctic, according to an annual review of conditions in the Arctic issued today by NOAA ... One example of these changes in arctic climate is the autumn air temperatures which are at a record 5 degrees C (9 degrees F) above normal, because of the major loss of sea ice in recent years. The loss of …

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I'll match your economy bailout and raise you one climate plan

European Union sticks by GHG plan, United Kingdom goes for 80 percent cut

Eastern Europeans and others seeking to use the current financial meltdown as an excuse to roll back climate commitment have failed (for now). The BBC reports: European Union leaders agreed to stick to their plan to cut greenhouse gases -- despite a surprise demand by Poland and six other member states to drop them to ease the impact on industry struggling with the global credit crunch. Speaking at the end of a two-day summit, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said: "The deadline on climate change is so important that we cannot use the financial and economic crisis as a pretext for …