Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Green Musings

"More than half the states have adopted formal green-energy goals...But so far the number of successes and failures is 'sort of a 50-50 kind of affair.'"

Kate Galbraith and Matthew L. Wald, "A Moving Target: Renewable Energy Goals Easy to Set But Hard to Hit," New York Times, December 5, 2008.

Many different problems, including adequate transmission lines and accountability, contribute to this slow progress. Federal standards and infrastructure investments are needed -- as well as the nuts and bolts of moving down the learning curve. But as with many things green, success may take longer and require more focus.

"The 6.5 percent jump in transit ridership over the same period [third quarter] last year marks the largest quarterly increase in public transportation ridership in 25 years...[T]he third-quarter increase is notable...because gas prices began falling and unemployment rose.."

"Transit officials have identified 736 ready-to-go projects nation-wide, valued at $12.2 billion, that could create 340,000 jobs."

Lena H. Sun, "New Ridership Record Shows U.S. Still Lured to Mass Transit," Washington Post, December 8, 2008.

That's a good sign. Van Jones commented recently, "...I don't think that Obama is going to be any braver or more audacious than the American people. The good thing about him is that he's not going to be any less so."

Steven Mufson, "The Green Machine," Washington Post, December 9, 2008.

1 comment:

Colin Austin said...

The stimulus package presents a tremendous opportunity to advance a green agenda, but in the short-term it may be a lot of highway and bridge-building. Those are quick and easy jobs, but really do nothing to get us competitive on renewables and green technology.