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Green Worker Cooperatives

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 01/12/2009 - 11:13am

Making business healthy and profitable in the South Bronx
When environmentalists approach poor communities of color, often the first impression they make isn’t very promising. “The mainstream environmental movement is full of rich, white people who try to tell people of color what to do,” says Omar Freilla, the founder of Green Worker Cooperatives, a grassroots, green enterprise in the South Bronx.

Is the Nation Ready for Obama's Energy Plan?

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 11/14/2008 - 10:32am


If President-elect Barack Obama enacts the energy plan he laid out during his campaign, American taxpayers will each get a $500 rebate check -- funded by a windfall profits taxes on big oil companies.

But that's just for starters. Besides taxing oil giants more, Senator Obama's detailed 30-point energy agenda calls for big changes to address carbon emissions, fuel efficiency for vehicles, and domestic and renewable power and efficiency.

While many candidates' platform promises are cast aside when political opposition looms, the Obama energy plan seems integral to his promise to get the economy restarted, some experts say.

Will Oceans Be Our Best Source of Clean Power?

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 10/17/2008 - 12:11pm

If certain challenges can be overcome, wave power could be a major clean energy source for the half of the world's population.

The resource is clean, renewable and vast. In fact, it covers 70 percent of the planet. That would be the ocean, with endless waves and ceaseless tides that can be harnessed to create electricity with zero carbon or particulate emissions. If logistical, environmental and efficiency challenges can be overcome -- a big "if" -- this could be a major clean energy source for the half of the world's population who live within 50 miles of coasts.

Smoke Stacks Spew Green in Richmond

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 09/12/2008 - 11:40am

Newspaper reporters who cover the city of Richmond like to say it’s a great town to write about because of the “Three Cs,” which refers to crime, corruption and Chevron.

stacks.jpg The Richmond City Council has long been an easy date for any organization or business willing to plow money back into re-election campaigns.

Study finds congestion pricing doesn't hurt the poor

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 08/18/2008 - 10:00pm

One of the long-held arguments against congestion pricing or toll lanes is that they're not fair to low-income users. The tolls are the same for everybody and low-income earners get hit the hardest, so goes that line of thinking.

In fact, pretty much every politician I spoke to in the San Gabriel Valley has raised that point when talking about the proposal to convert the carpool lane on the 10 and possibly the 210 freeways into toll lanes.


Treadway: Richmond firm honored for being green

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 08/17/2008 - 10:00pm

A homegrown Richmond electrical supply firm has found that green is good both in an environmental sense and a business sense. And the accompanying recognition isn't bad either.



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