In every election the presidential candidates are forced to make a bold statement, one way or the other, on the environment. And since this blog is focused on sustainability their positions are an important topic. Here are three of them – climate change, renewable energy, and the EPA – from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
I apologize for the strong Democratic Party bias in this piece, but the Republican Party has yet to embrace sustainability. There are glimpses of it from Mitt Romney, but he is backing away from many of those. And honestly, we need the Republican Party to adopt sustainable ideas to make real progress in this country.
- Supports international efforts to forge a climate change agreement.
- Enacted regulations to double the fuel efficiency of vehicles by 2025.
- Directed the federal government to reduce emissions from its buildings and vehicles by 28 percent by 2020.
- Wary of international climate negotiations.
- Opposes Obama’s new fuel efficiency standards as extreme.
- Believes climate change is happening but not due to human efforts.
- Invested billions in energy efficiency and renewable energy.
- Set ambitious clean energy goals, vowing that 80 percent will come from renewable sources by 2035.
- Supported legislation, now set to expire, that extends production tax credits to the wind industry.
- Opposes extending the tax credit for the wind industry and has vowed to end federal subsidies for renewable energy projects.
- Supports nuclear, coal, oil, and gas in equal amounts to solar and wind.
- As governor of Massachusetts, supported renewable energy authorizing the investment of $24 million.
- Empowered the EPA to draft stricter CO2 emissions standards for power plants.
- Supports proposed EPA regulations limiting emissions of mercury and other toxics from power plants.
- Supports continued federal regulation of oil and gas drilling on federal lands.
- Opposes EPA regulating carbon dioxide emissions.
- Says the states, not the federal government, should exercise control over oil and gas drilling on onshore federal lands.
- Has called for fewer regulations on the nuclear power industry to help revive it.
Even more interesting considering that both this Economist article and the Bloomberg exposé are currently blocked in China.
In recent years China’s leaders have become increasingly concerned that the public’s awareness of the growing wealth gap could lead to social instability. In Beijing, displays of gratuitous overcompensation are a daily reminder that some people, in keeping with a famous dictum of Deng Xiaoping’s, have indeed got rich first. Officials last year even went so far as to try suppressing ads that promote “luxury lifestyles”—lest the have-nots be inspired to rise up and storm the local Lamborghini dealership.
Perhaps even more troubling for the Party is the surge in scepticism over how such wealth seems to find its way into the hands of officials and their families, not to mention into those of their beloved Swiss bankers, English boarding schools and Australian estate agents. Particularly galling are the reports about the great number of officials who have taken to working “naked”. That is to say, many officials are working in China while their wives, children and, presumably, a chunk of the motherland’s money take residence overseas. A report released last year estimated that as much as $120 billion may have been transferred abroad by corrupt officials.
The Chinese media have been given greater freedom to report on corruption and the financial shenanigans of large companies of late. Which makes it all the more striking that reporting on the business activities of the Central Committee’s wives and offspring is still strictly forbidden.
So one can only imagine the consternation caused by yesterday’s sensational exposé by Bloomberg, which details the financial assets belonging to the family of China’s president-in-waiting, Xi Jinping…
More on this story – Wealth and power: It’s a family affair
Confession: Before Geek 2 Chic, I had never been to a runway fashion show. Shocker, right? I’m not totally fashion challenged. I can play dress-up when the occasion arises. But as someone who has ordered over a dozen of the same pair of olive green cargo pants off the internet for the past three years…I’m no fashionista. And yet, two years ago in DC, I fell in love with Geek 2 Chic, the charity-fundraiser conceived by Dr. Mark Drapeau (also known as @cheeky_geeky), Director of Innovative Engagement for Microsoft’s Office of Civic Innovation. “Geek” models, from diverse walks of life, strutting the runway in Wellies, and houndstooth, and distressed leather. Now Geek 2 Chic is making its way across the country, taking LA by storm on May 10th and raising funds for The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). via Pacific Punch
Tickets are still available for $25. The event starts at 6:30 PM on Thursday, May 10th, at Bloomingdales in Santa Monica, and runs until 9 PM for the after-party. // Photo – Geek2Chic
1st place in Greyscale Gorilla’s 5-Second Project contest under the Monster Bash theme.
My animation is a 5 second story about a little vampire that comes to life in paper and gets bashed with a poetic wooden stake – a pencil.
See them all – Greyscale Gorilla – Monster Bash Winners
// Thx to Rob Elliott