Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Green Headlines: August 11, 2010

How not having a car became Hollywood shorthand for loser (Slate)
Summary: Greenberg is just the most recent film in which a character's non-automobility—whether for lack of a car or for lack of the ability to drive—is used for comic effect, whether as a metaphor for a deeper personality flaw or as a token of marginality and/or plain creepiness. As the humorist Art Buchwald once observed, "People are broad-minded. They'll accept the fact that a person can be an alcoholic, a dope fiend, a wife beater and even a newspaperman, but if a man doesn't drive, there's something wrong with him."

LA pushing to become nation's mass transit leader (Washington Post)
Summary: The region famous for jilting the street car to take up a love affair with the automobile is trying to rekindle its long ago romance with commuter rail.

New Survey Says 76% of Californians Favor High-Speed Rail (HSR News)
Summary: A new survey (admittedly conducted by a pro-HSR group) says that an overwhelming 76 percent of Californians are in favor of the state's plan to build a high-speed rail line.

Solarbuzz: US Solar Market To Grow Tenfold by 2014 (Solarbuzz)
Summary: Despite a challenging domestic economic environment, the U.S. solar market grew 36% in 2009, according to the United States PV Market 2010 from Solarbuzz. This growth was, however, not nearly as strong as the region's 62% growth in 2008. California accounted for 53% of US PV on-grid installations, and is expected to maintain its strong position in 2010.

Southern California Edison Awards 36 Contracts for Utility-Scale Solar Rooftop Project (MarketWatch)
Summary: Southern California Edison (SCE) awarded 36 contracts to independent power producers for a total of nearly 60 megawatts from photovoltaic solar panels that will produce emission-free energy for SCE customers. The panels will be installed on 31 unused rooftops and five ground-mount sites in SCE's service territory.

California's clean energy future threatened by federal delays, state officials say (LA Times)
Summary: Plans for a massive expansion of clean energy in California are being jeopardized by federal foot-dragging, according to state officials who say that more than 20 nearly shovel-ready solar and wind projects are being held up by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Chevron and City of Brea begin construction on 1.8 MW solar project (PV Magazine)
Summary: Chevron Energy Solutions, along with the city of Brea, has started construction on a 1.8 megawatt (MW) solar and energy efficiency project, in California, the U.S. It is hoped that, when completed the project will save the city more than USD$13 million and reduce city energy use by 40 percent and is expected to be completed next year.

Los Angeles DWP Moves to Add More Wind, Solar Generation to Energy Mix (Sunpluggers.com)
Summary: The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has moved forward on solar, wind and electricity transmission projects as it begins transitioning to increased use of renewable energy.

U.S. Crackdown Forces Calif. To Yank Home Solar, Energy-Retrofit Loans (NY Times)
Summary: California pulled funding for its home solar and energy-retrofit loans yesterday in response to federal mortgage overseers' negative ruling on the program.

Graphene: Solar Cells of the Future? (Alternative Energy)
Summary: A southern California University team has come up with what could be the alternative new breed of economical and flexible solar cells.

Green Transition Scoreboard™ Tops $1.6 Trillion in 2010 (Ethical Markets)
Summary: The Green Transition Scoreboard™ from Ethical Markets, the independent global multi-media company, tracks total private investment in companies growing the green economy since 2007. The mid-2010 update shows a rise to $1,646,719,228,993 from $1.24 trillion at the end of December 2009.

50 Best Twitter Feeds To Stay On Top Of Green News (Top Online Engineering Degree)
Summary: With the green movement consistently gaining momentum thanks to the passionate efforts of activists worldwide, those interested in learning more about its philosophies and applications desire to dig up as many news stories as possible.

Biotech offers promise for producing fuel (LA Times)
Summary: The announcement of an altered bacterium with fuel-production abilities is the latest breakthrough in the fast-expanding field of 'synthetic biology.'

USPS Goes Green (Alternative Energy)
Summary: In strict adherence to guidelines released by the Department of Energy, the United States Postal Service gets on a fast track to reach the goal for energy reduction. Green roofs, green buildings and an optimally efficient management system of energy consumption form part of the energy-reduction strategy.

As the green economy grows, the 'dirty rich' are fading away (Washington Post)
Summary: Big business is more divided on energy and the environment than ever before, and the growing rift reflects major power shifts in the economy.

Events:


What: Rally for 30/10 Jobs
When: Friday, August 13th, 12 p.m.
Where: L.A. City Hall, South Lawn (Main and 1st)


What: Mayor Villaraigosa's Bike Summit
When: Monday, August 16th, 9 A.M. to 11 A.M.
Where: Board Room of the MTA Building
One Gateway Plaza, Los Angeles 90012

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