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May 13, 2011

In Case You Missed It


Like you, we at RMI are constantly reading, watching and listening to the news about the topics that impact our work and mission.

The current news cycle is flooded with stories related to America’s energy issues and debates on the direction of our country’s energy future. Headlines on gas prices, recently proposed energy bills, or the debate over oil industry tax breaks ring a bell?

For those who don’t have time to wade through it all – and we know you are out there – don’t worry. We’ll keep an eye on it for you, and share a weekly post of what we’re reading here at RMI. And, by subscribing to our RSS feed, you can get all your energy-related news with just one click.

Weekly News Roundup

How the Oil Industry Saves $4.4 Billion a Year in Taxes
USA Today, May 12, 2011
Eliminating tax breaks could help level the playing field for renewable energy sources.

As Vehicle Efficiency Evolves, So Do Fuel Taxes
National Geographic, May 12, 2011
Governments worldwide are considering changes to how they tax road transit, due to recent advances in vehicle efficiency and alternative fuels.

Report Stresses Urgency of Action on Climate
The New York Times, May 12, 2011
Not only is the science behind the climate-change forecast solid, the report found, but the risks to future generations from further inaction are profound.

Empire State Building Boss Argues Energy Efficiency Ttrumps Renewables
businessGreen, May 11, 2011
Building owner Tony Malkin discusses the size of the prize in improving the efficiency of the world’s existing building stock.  

Energy Efficiency Big in Europe, Backed by Loans, Rebates
GreenBiz, May 11, 2011

In the face of rising energy costs and expected government mandates on energy efficiency, executives in Europe are putting a high priority on energy management in buildings, but struggling with funding, according to a survey.

Will Japan Move Away from Nuclear, Toward Renewable Energy?

Forbes, May 10, 2011
Japan is taking the opportunity to redesign their energy future, with new emphasis on renewable energy.

Small Cars Back Again; This Time Automakers Ready
NPR, May 9, 2011
Consumers are buying smaller cars in response to fast-rising gas prices, and American automakers are finding success as consumers switch from SUVs and trucks to economy cars.

Bloomberg Achieves 200% Return on Sustainability Investments

Sustainable Business, May 9, 2011
For every $1 spent on sustainability, Bloomberg says it saves $2 in operating costs, resulting in a net savings of $25 million since 2008.

Breaking the Link Between Energy Consumption and Economic Growth

NRDC Switchboard, May 9, 2011
Economies can and do break the link between energy consumption and economic growth, based in substantial part on energy efficiency measures. Read more about Jevons Paradox.

The Return of "Drill, Baby, Drill"
The New York Times, May 6, 2011
With the country again facing $4-a-gallon gasoline, the time would seem ripe for a constructive conversation on the new energy era.

Read the latest media coverage of RMI

Peabody Continues Making Dubious Claims About Coal
Climate Progress, May 11, 2011
Efficiency and renewable energy are here today as methods to increase quality of life and economic growth; the idea that coal is the only way to maintain a high quality of life is false.

What Are the Best Books on Corporate Sustainability? GreenBiz, May 11, 2011
GreenBiz Senior Writer Marc Gunther lists Natural Capitalism as one of his favorite books about business and sustainability. What books have influenced you the most?

Finalists Announced for Inaugural Pinnacle Award Sustainable Facility, May 10, 2011
The ISSP Pinnacle Award program recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the profession by promoting the adoption of sustainability.

6 Questions to Ask Before Signing a "Green Lease"
Small Business Trends, May 5, 2011
Among the many benefits of energy efficient buildings for commercial tenants are lower energy costs, better air quality and more comfortable work environments.

World Environment Day Features Fun, Interactive and Enriching Programs, June 4
Yahoo! News, May 4, 2011
RMI President and CEO Michael Potts, will deliver a keynote speech about transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Western Utilities Aim For Increased Efficiency
New West Development, May 3, 2011
Can a push to reduce electricity usage reduce the need for new power plants in the Rockies despite the region's population growth?

Grid Parity for Solar PV with Balance of System Cost Reductions

Renewable Energy World, April 29, 2011
Cutting non-module solar PV costs with best design practices could make solar PV cost less than grid electricity for more than 25 percent of Americans.


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