January 18, 2013 |
In a report that asserts America's competitive position in clean energy is lagging, the Pew Charitable Trusts on Thursday advocated the adoption of a national clean-energy standard that sets milestones for deployment of renewable power. The Pew Clean Energy Program said the green-power industry would benefit from the adoption of a national standard similar to those adopted by 29 states, including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Renewable-energy portfolio standards require utilities to assure that a fixed percentage of electricity is generated from clean-energy sources.
September 30, 2008 |
The presidential candidates' energy proposals couldn't be more different, and Pennsylvanians should be especially concerned about how this particular debate turns out. Democrat Barack Obama has a plan to invest in clean, homegrown, renewable power that would create 5 million "green-collar" jobs, improve national security, and decrease our dependence on foreign oil. Republican John McCain wants to follow the current administration's lead, embracing...
June 21, 2010 |
Barack Obama doesn't do the mundane. He was sent to us to do larger things. You could see that plainly in his Oval Office address on the gulf oil spill. He could barely get himself through the pedestrian first half: a bit of BP-bashing, a bit of faux-Clintonian "I feel your pain," a bit of recovery and economic mitigation accounting. It wasn't until the end of the speech - the let-no-crisis-go-to-waste part that tried to leverage the Gulf Coast devastation to advance his cap-and-trade climate-change agenda - that Obama warmed to his task.
January 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - President Obama, having watched his Republican adversaries pound him for weeks, got his turn Tuesday, using his State of the Union speech to land the first major counterpunch of the still-forming 2012 election. It came before a prime-time audience of millions that the GOP candidates can only envy, even if their fiery debates are turning heads. Obama didn't mention Mitt Romney or Newt Gingrich in his third State of the Union address. But the GOP contenders were never far from mind.
March 8, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The CEO of the nation's biggest nuclear power producer says Congress should get out of the way as the nation moves toward natural gas and other forms of clean energy. John Rowe, CEO of Chicago-based Exelon, which is the parent of Philadelphia's Peco Energy Co., said that in trying to boost "clean" energy - wind, solar, nuclear and natural gas - Congress and states have enacted or proposed bills that would burden consumers, cripple markets and increase federal debt but do little to clean up the air. In a speech to the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute, Rowe said his message to lawmakers is simple: "I'm asking that Congress do nothing.
October 14, 2011
A low-wattage LED-light conversion project at Ursinus College in Collegeville is among 13 clean energy projects that received $3.7 million in grants Friday from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority. Ursinus will receive $120,645 to add to its $41,514 investment to retrofit 214 parking lot and walkway lights with LED lights, reducing annual electricity costs by about $20,000. The Allentown Commercial and Industrial Development Authority also received a $500,000 grant to go toward a $31 million biogas project at Allentown's wastewater treatment plant.
February 24, 2005
STATING at the annual World Economic Forum, "If America wants the rest of the world to be part of the agenda it has set, it must be part of their agenda, too," British Prime Minister Tony Blair challenged President Bush to show a commitment to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions globally if he wants to stay in Britain's good graces. Blair has a point. Here in Pennsylvania, we are the third-largest producer of energy nationwide, and the largest energy exporter in the nation. The emissions generated from these energy plants is the No. 1 pollutant in the state and have lowered our air quality, contaminated the majority of the water sources in the state and resulted in more than 35,000 environmentally triggered asthma attacks a year.
November 15, 1986 |
Smarter than Albert Einstein, hunkier than Don Johnson and even nicer to his horse than Roy Rogers, physicist David Lovell is a unusual movie hero for the '80s: an ecologist hellbent on developing safe energy. His colleagues might think he's crazy, but Dr. Dave (Stephen Collins) is certain that sound waves can be harnessed and used as an energy source. The audience might think it's crazy, but Choke Canyon is an amiable adventure picture, essentially an extended Magnum P.I. episode with good cinematography and better politics.
July 19, 2010
ICAN'T BELIEVE how much those solar trash cans cost. What a waste of money. Me personally, I don't use them and know others who don't. For all that money, they should have made them open up automatically. I can't stand touching that handle that the whole world has touched - it's so dirty! I walked three blocks one day with my trash in hand because I didn't want to touch the dirty handles. To me those cans are useless. It was money wasted. Cynthia Perkins, Philadelphia
February 28, 2009 |
Vice President Biden convened the White House's Middle Class Task Force in Philadelphia yesterday for a daylong inaugural hearing on the promise of prosperity in thousands of "green" jobs expected to be created by the drives to make the nation energy-independent and reduce global warming. The event, in the Irvine Auditorium at the University of Pennsylvania, featured questions from six cabinet secretaries, testimony from eight experts, and a bevy of public officials, including Mayor Nutter, touting their early embrace of the coming green economy.