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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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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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

New York Seeks Proposals to Convert Fleet Vehicles to Plug-in Hybrids

Date: 17 Aug 2006 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has issued guidelines for vendors to obtain funding under the New York State Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) Technology Initiative. The goal of the program is to accelerate the conversion of the state’s hybrid vehicle fleet (500-600 vehicles) into plug-in hybrids.

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