Moving Beyond What Al Gore’s Told You About Global Warming

Date: 18 Jan 2007 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A recent column by David Morris published on Alternet provides a review of George Monbiot’s new book Heat: How to Stop the Planet from Burning. The book picks up where Al Gore left off on global warming, offering real solutions without sugar-coating the large personal sacrifices they will require.

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New Report – Lessons from the Pioneers: Tackling Global Warming at the Local Level

Date: 10 Jan 2007 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States, Press Release | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Our January 2007 report, Lessons from the Pioneers: Tackling Global Warming at the Local Level looks at ten of the most visible and successful cities involved in global warming solutions and finds that reducing GHG emissions below 1990 levels will be a major challenge.

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A Strategy For Tweaking Existing Federal Energy and Farm Biofuels Policy

Date: 19 Dec 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Biofuels won’t single-handedly solve the climate crisis, nor will they deliver energy independence. But a base of widely dispersed, farmer- and citizen-owned biofuel plants can displace significant amounts of fossil fuels — while also building local economies. ILSR’s recent column in Grist Magazine outlines a federal energy and agriculture strategy to move us in the right direction.

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ILSR Calls on Congress to Fix Cellulosic Ethanol Mandate

Date: 5 Dec 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

One of the first orders of business for the new Congress should be to eliminate a single sentence in the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The language was added in the waning hours of the conference committee negotiations. According to ILSR, if it does not, the commercialization of ethanol made from cellulose could be delayed.

The article below by David Morris provides and overview of the mess.

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Selection of Energy Ballot Initiatives Will Greet Voters Next Tuesday

Date: 1 Nov 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Citizens in cities and states across the country will be casting their votes on some interesting energy issues on November 7th. Ballot initiatives ranging from a renewable energy portfolio requirement in Grand Forks, ND to increasing taxes to fund global warming programs in Seattle, WA will give citizens an opportunity to decide directly which path their communities will take. Democratic energy in action!

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Farmer Ownership Should Be Federal Focus in Building Cellulosic Ethanol Industry

Date: 11 Sep 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

A new report issued by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance urges the U.S. Department of Energy to change its piecemeal approach to commercializing ethanol from cellulose and develop a comprehensive strategy. "The future of American agriculture may depend on this," says David Morris, Vice President of ILSR and author of Putting the Pieces Together: Commercializing Cellulosic Ethanol.

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Farmer Ownership Should Be Federal Focus in Building Cellulosic Ethanol Industry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 11, 2006 Contact: David Morris, 612-276-3456, dmorris@ilsr.org Farmer Ownership Should Be Federal Focus in Building Cellulosic Ethanol Industry Full report Putting the Pieces Together: Commercializing Cellulosic Ethanol – September 2006 Minneapolis, MN – A new … Read More

Report: Putting the Pieces Together – Commercializing Cellulosic Ethanol

Date: 5 Sep 2006 | posted in: Energy, From the Desk of David Morris, The Public Good | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This September 2006 report by David Morris examines federal policies supporting cellulosic ethanol production and advocates that the Federal government adopt strategies that support farmer-owned biorefineries.

On June 14, 2006 the U.S. Department of Energy issued a Request for Information (RFI) — regarding the most beneficial and efficiency way to consider implementation of Section 942 — of the Energy Policy Act. We are concerned that by focusing on a single policy tool–a large government purchase–the RFI undermines holistic thinking.

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California Dream: Solar and Climate Legislation Aplenty

Date: 1 Sep 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

California has moved renewable energy and environmental responsibility to new levels with the passage of a solar power bill and two pieces of greenhouse gas emissions legislation. The solar power law raises net metering ceilings for utilities by five times from their previous levels. One climate bill will establish a cap on greenhouse gas emissions in California and could lead other states to take a similar step.… Read More

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