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September 16, 2009 | Bulbs and Bimmers

Jens F. Laurson & George A. Pieler: Banning the Edison bulb is an outrageous example of legislative overkill. Energy efficiency is an important issue, but governments have not the right to dictate their people what kind of light they have to use. Laws addressing such personal decisions are a gross violation of one’s right to privacy.

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September 11, 2009 | G20 Need to Push Green Technology Markets

Global Green Recovery Task Force: In a report commissioned by the Policy Planning Staff of the German Federal Foreign Office, an online task force conducted by the Atlantic Initiative with 26 experts from Germany, the US and the UK, derived green technology market recommendations in three broad areas: 1) generating new sources of revenues to fund green technologies; 2) intensifying dialogue on existing national green policies; and 3) spurring new international co-operation on green technologies.

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October 9, 2009 | Climate Change Stresses US-Economy until 2050

On June 26th, the US House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES Act). It provides for a 85% reduction in green house gas emissions by 2050. The costs entailed would lead to a greater decline in gross domestic product (GDP) than otherwise anticipated, up to 3.4% by that date. Accounting for inflation and disregarding the effects of the ACES Act, the

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September 14, 2009 | India's Poorest Could Benefit From Change to Renewables

With the upcoming climate summit in Copenhagen this December, India’s government has to define its long-term strategy to fight possible environmental disaster. India, in particular, is likely to be one of the countries most strongly affected by climate shifts. The argument which allocates the burden of cutting carbon emission to the nations responsible for the atmospheric pollution, the western

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September 14, 2009 | US Prepares for a Future Without Oil

America’s hunger for oil is increasingly difficult to satisfy.. Oil is the most in demand resource, covering 40% of the total US energy needs and 95% of fuel consumption. However, the US needs to rethink its position: forecasts predict a 25% rise in worldwide fuel consumption by 2030. The era of cheap petroleum is over and the US is now intensively looking for alternative transportation fuels and

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September 14, 2009 | Cleantech: Sino-American Cooperation Could Provide a Breakthrough

The world’s two largest CO2 emitters, the US and China, are working hard to find a solution to climate change. In addition to drastically reducing oil imports and improving environmental protection measures, the two countries are heavily focusing on the development of clean technologies. However, instead of accepting the challenge on their own, the two states should instead cooperate with each

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