Beyond Green Building: Morning Round-Up

Posted on: September 27th, 2007 by Patrice Frey

Like a Virgin: -- National Review. This past February, Richard Branson announced the “Virgin Earth Challenge,” a $25 million prize for the development of “a commercially viable design which results in the removal of anthropogenic, atmospheric greenhouse gases so as to contribute materially to the stability of Earth’s climate.” His aim was to unleash the creative energies of innovators and inventors around the globe with the promise of a substantial economic reward.  If federal policymakers are serious about encouraging climate-related technological innovation, they would match or replicate Branson’s efforts. 

Pay-As-You-Go Solar – ENN.  You want solar but can't afford it? Purchase the power, not the panels.  That's what the solar energy company Sun Run Generation is doing. The company  announced a partnership with REC Solar,a company providing residential and commercial solar electric systems, to offer homeowners in California a discounted way to buy solar power. Homeowners have the option of purchasing solar energy the same way businesses have for years, by purchasing power instead of panels. 
US Businesses Conflicted About Adopting Climate Change Practices – ENN. While U.S. businesses are concerned about compliance costs related to climate change legislation, those same companies still believe that the federal government should be doing more to combat global warming, according to a new survey. 

Hidden Hazards of Air Fresheners – ENN. Washington - Could the floral scent of your air freshener contain toxic chemicals known to cause birth defects? NRDC recently tested 14 different air fresheners and found that 12 contained chemicals called phthalates (pronounced thal-ates), chemicals that can cause hormonal abnormalities, birth defects and reproductive problems. Even air fresheners marketed as "all-natural" or "unscented" contained the hazardous chemicals.  

New Analysis Shows Energy Bills Would Let Global Warming Emissions Rise for Decades – Environmental Defense. New analysis shows that energy legislation passed by the House and Senate would let greenhouse emissions continue to increase for the next three decades, even if the best fuel-saving and renewable energy provisions in both bills were combined in conference committee.  

Lead, Follow, or Move Aside – NYT.  Tom Friedman – it’s good to not have to pay for your columns again (NYT ditches “Times Select.”)   Leadership is about “follow me” not “after you.” Getting our national climate regulations in order is necessary, but it will not be sufficient to move China [to do the same.]. We have to show them what Wal-Mart is showing its competitors — that green is not just right for the world, it is better, more profitable, more healthy, more innovative, more efficient, more successful. If Wal-Mart can lead, and California can lead, why can’t America?

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