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Gore movie inspires ‘carbon offsets’ sales

The success of Al Gore’s global warming shockumentary An Inconvenient Truth has created a very convenient truth for companies that sell “carbon offsets,” reports today’s edition of The Tennessean: Rising sales. Meanwhile, it turns out that the company from which Gore gets his own carbon offsets spends very litle of its revenue on carbon-offsetting projects, according to a recent study by …

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Kite-Assisted Cargo Ship Successfully Completes Maiden Voyage

Back in December, we told you of a new company called Skysails that was reintroducing the concept of harnessing the wind on the open seas to save fuel for cargo ships. For its maiden voyage, it would travel from Germany to Venezuela, the United States and Norway under the assistance of a $725,000 computer-controlled kite. Now, after …

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Gore Goes Green

Sign seen in front of Al Gore’s mansion in Nashville’s posh Belle Meade neighborhood Thursday afternoon. Here’s the link to the meeting agenda for the next meeting of the Belle Meade Board of Zoning Appeals, which includes Gore’s solar project. (Belle Meade is a section of the city of Nashville that governs its own zoning.) No details on the size of …

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NASA’s much-ballyhooed data showing that 1998 was the warmest year on record for the Earth the USA was, uh, wrong. A blogger found a Y2K bug in the data algorithm, NASA climatologist James Hansen, and NASA has now issued corrected data. The warmest year on record for the Earth the USA: 1934 – 1998 was the second-warmest. The third …

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Industrialization = Cleanliness

While the modern environmental movement often portrays capitalist industrial societies as the world’s biggest pollution problem, Forbes notes something interesting about the top-25 cleanest cities in the world: Most of them are in wealthy industrialized democracies. Turns out, all that industrialization created wealth which, in turn, buys the things (mass transit, especially) and pays for the policies that create a …

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Out of Africa: A Grand Plan for Powering Europe Via the Sun

Global-warming prophets warn of a world becoming more desert-like, but, ironically, a measure of salvation from that future just might come from one of the world’s greatest deserts. Europe is considering plans to spend more than 5 billion English pounds – about $10.3 billion – to build a string of giant solar power stations along …

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The 60mpg Hybrid Hummer

Jonathan Goodwin Performs Motor Miracles   Jesus turned water into wine, and Henry Higgins did his best with Eliza Doolittle, but who woulda guesed that the “Hummer”, that proverbial eco-monstrosity could be transformed into a 60mpg green machine? Let’s face it – some of us may be concerned about global warming, but will never drive anything …

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What are the metrics? What do we consider? Lessons from Examining the French economic situation?

When considering an energy future, a driving question is what drives decisions.  What do we “count” when it comes to “cost”. The current “cost” structure for energy has many internalized and many externalized costs.  For example, when it comes to coal, there are questions as to whether and how to count its medical impact (through mercury pollution, …

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Gore’s Solar Panels: Bad Investment, So-So Environmentalism, Good Politics

As the Zoning Appeals Board of the Nashville sub-city of Belle Meade considers Al Gore’s request for a conditional-use permit to install solar panels on the roof of his mansion during its meeting Tuesday night*, I thought I’d take a look at the economics of solar power for the home of perhaps the world’s leading advocate for …

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Seeking Adventure? Try VentureOne

Venture Vehicles, Inc. is an innovative, environmentally-friendly personal transportation company based in Los Angeles, California. According to their mission statement, they are “dedicated to changing the world of personal transportation by creating a revolutionary new class of vehicles that is ultra-clean & efficient, safe and exhilarating to drive.” The VentureOne (pictured) is one example of this …

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Aerotecture: Integrated Vertical and Horizontal Urban Turbines

I just caught a really cool video on the architectural idea of integrating vertical and horizontal-axis turbines into urban design and planning. From a company called Aerotecture comes the Aeroturbine — a quiet, vibration-free, bird-safe, turbine that can be installed on existing rooftops or built into the architecture of new buildings to provide clean renewable electricity at its site …

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