With the introduction of a new solar lease program in Washington, D.C., there's now really no reason for the White House not to go solar...
For the next week on Capitol Hill, Republicans and Democrats will tussle over whether or not to include a renewable electricity standard (RES) in legislation that may be put to vote in the Senate within the next week.
Harry Reid has had a disappointing week, to say the least. Lacking the votes to advance a comprehensive climate change bill, the Senate majority leader yesterday was forced to introduce a scaled-back bit of energy legislation. Reid did receive a consolation prize Wednesday, however, in the form of a missive from corporate America.
For those of you near the nation's capital, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathalon deserves a visit. The biennial event -- which this year runs through October 18 -- challenges 20 college teams from around the world to design, build and operate the best solar-powered house.
Early Friday evening, the House narrowly passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES), a monumental -- and mammoth -- piece of legislation (PDF) that, among other things, aims to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. Reactions to the bill's passage have been varied. Republicans, by and large, have been critical of the bill's perceived cost and complexity. As to be expected, Democrats have been broadly supportive. Greenpeace has outright deemed it a failure, aruging that the cap-and-trade scheme envisaged doesn't go far enough in restricting emissions over the short term. Other environmental organizations have been notably more positive, with the president of the Natural Resources Defense Council calling the bill's passage a “dramatic breakthrough for America’s future.” Meanwhile, President Obama Administration has welcomed the 219-212 vote in favor of ACES: