Terry Tamminen, former secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency, is president of Seventh Generation Advisors, an operating partner at Pegasus Capital Advisors, and author of "Cracking the Carbon Code: The Key to Sustainable Profits in the New Economy."
Congress is reluctant to approve both because each will mean new and higher costs for American consumers at a time when they can least afford them..
If Copenhagen delegates want to know where the solutions to both the current climate and economic crises will come from, they need to look at the work of enterprising governors in the U.S. and Brazil.
Of the estimated 20,000 people converging on the UN climate conference in Copenhagen, half are expected to be under the age of 30. Other than the anti-war campaigns of the 1970s, it’s hard to recall a movement that has been so embraced, even motivated, by the world’s youth.
My wife’s grandmother, Sadie, will turn 103 next month. Of all the things that might concern or interest her, she lay awake the other night worried that world leaders won’t solve the climate crisis before its too late.
Look for President Obama to sign climate change legislation into law in April, a barrage of carbon footprint commercials on TV, a sustainability label from Walmart and the election of green governors.
State regulators just set energy efficiency standards for new TVs, but the Consumer Electronics Association isn't happy about. It should be. If past is prologue, this new regulation will drive innovation in the form of exciting new technologies that can be adapted for other products.