Bloomberg Businessweek On Hurricane Sandy: “It’s Global Warming, Stupid”

It's Global Warming, Stupid.You know our Presidential candidates are talking about climate change now. They might’ve skipped over climate change in all of their debates but now they need to show their leadership skills and deal with the Hurricane Sandy aftermath.

I sure hope voters will stop making excuses for their candidate’s inaction before Sandy. Because unless you’re voting for Jill Stein, your Presidential hopeful hasn’t cared as much about our climate as they have about their re-election / election. One isn’t less worse than the other – Obama and Romney both ignored climate change until they could spin Hurricane Sandy into a votes and a nice photo op.

Check out the article “It’s The Global Warming, Stupid” in Bloomberg Businessweek and lets hope our leaders refer to Hurricane Sandy as a turning point in how we deal with, and not debate, the reality of climate change. [Buzzfeed]

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Energy Efficiency: Making It A Red States VS Blue States Thing Isn’t Going To Make It Better

Red States vs Blue States on Energy Efficiency

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Yesterday, Grist.org posted an article, Why are all the ‘most efficient states’ blue states?, about the correlation between how states voted in the 2008 election and how they fared in American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy’s recent study on the energy efficiency of each state. The article explains how the blue states are more energy efficient and tended to vote for Obama whereas the red states are less efficient and voted for McCain. One of the comments below the article sought to push the blue vs red further by also comparing the same map of the US to draw the same link to obesity rates in each state.

Grist’s comparison is interesting but my fear is that articles like this magnify the differences and will only make the red states redder and the blue states bluer. It’s the greasers vs the socs all over again and it’s pushing both sides further apart. The solution has to transcend politics.

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Google Leads Coalition Urging Obama To Support Universal Smart Meters

This article originally appeared at BusinessGreen.com, and is reprinted with permission.

April 6, 2010 – James Murray, BusinessGreen.com – A group of over 45 energy, investment and IT firms, as well as a number of green NGOs have joined forces this week to call on US president Barack Obama to explicitly support the roll out of advanced smart meter technologies for every household and business in the US.

In an open letter to the president orchestrated by the Climate Group and backed by a host of big name technology and energy firms, such as Google, AT &T, Intel, GE, HP and Verizon, the coalition asks the administration to ” adopt the goal of giving every household and business access to timely, useful and actionable information on their energy use”.

“By giving people the ability to monitor and manage their energy consumption, for instance, via their computers, phones or other devices, we can unleash the forces of innovation in homes and businesses,” states the letter. “At the same time, we can harness the power of millions of people to reduce greenhouse gas emissions – and save consumers billions of dollars.”

Specifically, the group recommends that the administration launch a White House-led research programme to work out the best way of providing consumers and businesses with energy use information, while establishing effective privacy rules.

It also called for the administration to direct federal agencies to ensure that the availability of energy data forms part of a wide range of existing low carbon and energy projects, such as Obama’s home weatherisation, energy efficiency grants, appliance standards, home and commercial building programs, and clean tech R&D funding programmes.

The group added that there was a strong commercial case for supporting the roll out of smart meters and smart appliances capable of automatically turning off when not in use, noting that studies have shown they can help to cut household energy use by around 15 per cent.

Writing on Google’s official blog, the company’s Energy Policy Counsel Michael Terrell said that the group, which hosted its first event in Washington DC yesterday, would now work together to develop policy proposals that could help improve the availability of energy use data.

Most of the companies signed up to the group have a vested interest in the development of new smart meter and smart appliance technologies, with Google, for example, investing heavily in its recently launched PowerMeter online toolset.

The Obama administration has repeatedly signaled its support for smart grid technologies, earmarking large chunks of the stimulus package for investment in large-scale smart grid trials. However, the president has stopped short of emulating a number of European governments by setting a target date for the universal roll out of smart meters.

Jubbling’s Take: Having real-time access to your homes energy consumption is the equivalent of having a speedometer in your car. We consider this a Jubbling no-brainer.

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