McKinsey Report Cites $1.2 Trillion in Potential Savings From Energy Efficiency – NYTimes.com

‘A new report on energy efficiency from the consulting firm McKinsey found that the United States could save $1.2 trillion through 2020, by investing $520 billion in improvements like sealing leaky building ducts and replacing inefficient household appliances with new, energy-saving models.’

via McKinsey Report Cites $1.2 Trillion in Potential Savings From Energy Efficiency – Green Inc. Blog – NYTimes.com.

Offshore wind could be next wave for U.S. | Reuters

‘The United States has experienced a surge in investment in wind power over the past four years, more than tripling its ability to turn wind into electricity. But construction has been entirely on land and largely in America’s rural midsection — leaving open the costly challenge of how to transmit power to the densely populated coasts where it is most needed.’

via Offshore wind could be next wave for U.S. | Green Business | Reuters.

House climate bill was flooded with last-minute changes – LA Times

‘Reporting from Washington — Less than 24 hours before the House approved its landmark energy and climate bill last month, Rep. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) got several paragraphs added to the 1,200-page measure — additions expected to be worth millions of dollars to companies that install solar panels.’

The article mentions several of these amendments, which were added to consolidate crucial support for the bill:

“…There were about 300 pages of last-minute amendments, many designed to make money for industries and constituencies important to fence-sitting lawmakers.”

via House climate bill was flooded with last-minute changes – Los Angeles Times.

Obama's Opening Remarks | U.S./CHINA Strategic & Economic Dialogue

July 27, 2009

Obama opened a two day U.S. / China meeting with a statement addressing several important issues, including the need for cooperation on climate change:

“The United States and China are the two largest consumers of energy in the world. We are also the two largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the world. Let’s be frank: Neither of us profits from a growing dependence on foreign oil, nor can we spare our people from the ravages of climate change unless we cooperate. Common sense calls upon us to act in concert.

Both of our countries are taking steps to transform our energy economies. Together we can chart a low carbon recovery; we can expand joint efforts at research and development to promote the clean and efficient use of energy; and we can work together to forge a global response at the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and beyond. And the best way to foster the innovation that can increase our security and prosperity is to keep our markets open to new ideas, new exchanges, and new sources of energy.”

See Obama’s complete statement via whitehouse.gov briefing

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