Climate Bill Introduced By The House

2 04 2009

A new bill from the House Democrats, called the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, would create the first federal requirements to boost energy efficiency and ensure that a quarter of the nation’s electricity comes from renewable sources.

The bill, introduced on March 31, would cut the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from 2005 levels by 2020, and by 83 percent by 2050.

Henry Waxman

Henry Waxman

House Energy and Commerce Chairman, Henry A. Waxman (Calif.) and Rep. Edward J. Markey (Mass.), chairman of the subcommittee on energy and the environment, created the first draft of the bill.

Edward Markey

Edward Markey

“I think this bill is a game-changer that takes the best of industry’s and environmentalists’ ideas,” Markey said.

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Size Matters

24 03 2009

The latest car from India’s Tata Motors is worth every penny. In fact, it’s the cheapest car in the world with some models selling at $2,200 a car. The pint-sized Tata Nano also gets outstanding gas mileage, averaging 50 miles per gallon, making it the most fuel efficient car in India.

Tata's Nano

Tata Nano

However, despite the obvious benefit of conserving gasoline, some criticize how easily it can be mass produced and worry that Nanos will only add to India’s traffic problem, even going as far as predicting a “disproportionate impact on greenhouse gas emissions.” Also the vehicle “has minimal exhaust filters and an engine that can burn kerosene, which is even dirtier than gas.”





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4 03 2009

United States:
Switchgrass

Switchgrass

Switchgrass

Soybeans

Soybeans

Soybeans

Corn

Corn

Corn

Brazil:
Sugar Cane

Sugar Cane

Sugar Cane

Europe:
Sugar Beet

Sugar Beet

Sugar Beet

Wheat

Wheat

Wheat

China:
Cassava

Cassava

Cassava

Sorghum

Sorghum

Sorghum

Southeast Asia:
Miscanthus

Miscanthus

Miscanthus

Oil Palm

Palm

Palm

India:
Jathropa

Jathropha

Jathropha

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