Actor Pierce Brosnan, famous starring in several installments of the James Bond franchise, has lent his support to a campaign to save beluga whales in Alaska.
There are only 284 beluga whales in Cook Inlet, Alaska but that hasn’t stopped the Apache Alaska Corporation from preparing to launch a deadly (more…)
President Obama’s 2013 budget caused a lot of smiles this week among energy efficiency advocates – even if it is more of a wish list than anything else. Obama calls for about $1.2 billion in spending for energy efficiency.
What’s this mean to the energy efficiency industry?
We’re still over 10 months from election day, but President Obama’s first major campaign advertisement of the 2012 cycle is already hitting the air . After three years of a term characterized by flailing finances and dissipating foreign wars, the ad touted the president’s record in a somewhat surprising area: green energy technology. (more…)
Amid all the negative publicity that Solyndra’s failure has brought to the Administration’s cleantech efforts, one cleantech program has received broad bipartisan support: DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-e). In 2012, ARPA-e will receive $275 million, a 53% increase from the prior year with both the House and the Senate supporting significant (more…)
The United States has implemented a variety of policies in the effort to cut back gasoline use. For example, the Obama Administration has invested federal dollars into GM’s electric vehicles. The EPA has introduced new fuel economy standards which are to be implemented over time, gradually becoming stricter. The government has also promoted (more…)
When we say at DOT that safety is our number one priority, we are not kidding around. And today, as part of that important goal, President Obama signed into law the Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty, and Job Creation Act.
Last April, following several fatal pipeline accidents, (more…)
On Dec. 16, the Obama administration is expected to finally release new standards for protecting us from mercury and other toxic heavy metals from power plant emissions. All of us have reason to be glad, but parents (and anyone who might ever want to be a parent) should especially welcome this long (more…)
As part of Toyota's commitment to our nation's environment and public lands, today we announced that we have made a $3 million grant to the National Environmental Education Foundation to improve the capacity of community-based organizations, often called "friends groups", who are helping to protect (more…)