Noteworthy News

Tax Programs to Finance Clean Energy Catch On
Over the years, as Rick Murphy helped expand his family’s auto business in Edina, Minn., outside Minneapolis, he wanted to install solar panels to cut the electricity bills, but the upfront cost was too high.
Plug is pulled on electric car booster's meeting with Obama
Paul Scott, who sits on the advisory board for Sustainable Works, got an invitation to a DNC fundraiser in Santa Monica and hoped to tell the president about the merits of electric cars. But the invitation was rescinded and his large donation returned.
Tesla's 90 second battery swaps will power EVs faster than gas pumps fill tanks
Tesla founder Elon Musk has mentioned battery swap service stations as an even faster alternative to charging for EV drivers, and tonight the company showed just how efficiently it can be done.
Obama Readying Emissions Limits on Power Plants
President Obama is preparing regulations limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, senior officials said Wednesday. 
Surviving the Next Gulf Oil Spill
Down here on the Gulf of Mexico, the air is heavy with expectation as we await the arrival of billions of dollars in fines from companies involved in the BP oil-well blowout, which spewed millions of gallons of oil into the gulf over three months in 2010.
L.A. City Council OKs ban on plastic grocery and carryout bags
Los Angeles on Tuesday became the largest city in the nation to move toward a ban on plastic grocery bags, with the City Council barring them in supermarkets, convenience stores and any big retailer that sells groceries.
Bloomberg Plan Aims to Require Food Composting
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who has tried to curb soda consumption, ban smoking in parks and encourage bike riding, is taking on a new cause: requiring New Yorkers to separate their food scraps for composting.
The E.P.A. Backs Off on Factory Farms
The Environmental Protection Agency is obliged under the Clean Water Act to monitor America’s waterways and shield them from the toxic runoff from factory farms.
Climate change could slash snowfall in Southern California mountains
Climate change is likely to wipe a lot of the white from those postcard winter scenes of Los Angeles ringed by snow-capped mountains, according to new research.
Department of Energy’s Crusade Against Leaks of a Potent Greenhouse Gas Yields Results
Every year, the United States Department of Energy’s far-flung operations generate millions of tons of climate-warming greenhouse gases.