Archive for February 21st, 2013
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 the rest of this entry »
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 the rest of this entry »