Archive for February 21st, 2013

This week, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced an innovative initiative to draw more tech companies to the five boroughs and connect locals to jobs. The “We Are Made” in NY campaign is one of several strategies in place to expand the high-tech industry in the state, following recent expansion of high-tech centers at local universities. Read more

Credit: Kim Seng.

Credit: Kim Seng.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has joined the legion of organizations and political groups speaking out against California’s cap-and-trade auction, the second of which took place on Tuesday, Feb. 19.

California’s Global Warming Solutions bill (Assembly Bill 32) has been controversial since it first became law in 2006. But the biggest impact of the bill has only just taken affect this year, as a cap on carbon emissions kicks in. But the biggest complaint most have with the bill relates to the California Air Resources Board (CARB)’s auction, where businesses can bid from a fixed pool of permits to emit carbon above the cap. The auction is being used a revenue generation opportunity by the state of California. Read more

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Although experts are predicting the U.S. could become energy self-sufficient by 2030, the country may hit another major landmark this year. In 2013, America is projected to surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the largest worldwide producer of liquid fuels. Read more

Improvements in cellulosic ethanol production would allow companies to utilize switchgrass and other plants that have little use or economic value. Credit: Margaret Broeren.

Improvements in cellulosic ethanol production would allow biofuel makers to utilize switchgrass and other plants that have little or no economic value. Credit: Margaret Broeren.

A recent study at Michigan State University found that biofuels grown on “marginal lands” from perennial crops like wild grasses and flowers can provide roughly the same amount of biofuel per year as food crops, while eliminating twice as much CO2 at the same time.

This is consistent with the findings of the Land Institute, where research is being conducted on the development of food crops from “herbaceous, perennial, vegetative polycultures,” following the remarkably resilient example of wild prairie. If this could be done practically at commercial scale, it would be far more efficient and sustainable than today’s chemically dependent monocultures. Read more

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