The Obama-Biden comprehensive New Energy for America plan will:
- Provide short-term relief to American families facing pain at the pump
- Help create five million new jobs by strategically investing $150 billion over the next ten years to catalyze private efforts to build a clean energy future.
- Within 10 years save more oil than we currently import from the Middle East and Venezuela combined.
- Put 1 million Plug-In Hybrid cars — cars that can get up to 150 miles per gallon — on the road by 2015, cars that we will work to make sure are built here in America.
- Ensure 10 percent of our electricity comes from renewable sources by 2012, and 25 percent by 2025.
- Implement an economy-wide cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.
To read a detailed description on each points above, please read “NEW ENERGY FOR AMERICA” by Barack Obama & Joe Biden or visit the Energy & Environment section on official website
I found a good article that summarize the impact of ICT and Microsoft proposals:
Green ICT: Banking on a software solution to climate change
Information and communication technology firms are at the forefront of reducing our carbon footprint, and they are set to reap the rewards.
Rob Bernard, chief environmental strategist to software giant Microsoft, says, “Software can deliver an alternative to fossil fuels.”
In other words, for ICT companies the nascent green market looks like a very attractive place to invest.
A report by Insight Research Corp valued green offerings within the telecommunications sector by tying a price to the abated carbon emissions, which amounted to $1.2 trillion over the next five years. A slightly more conservative estimation of the green ICT market from the World Wildlife Fund, again in terms of emissions abated and energy-related cost savings to all other sectors, put the value of green ICT at $946.5 billion.
At present the ICT sector accounts for 2% of global emissions, the equivalent of the airline industry, according to Gartner Research. But ICT compliance with existing and new legislation, such as the European “ecodesign for energy using products” (EUP) directive, due next year, means the sector is going green by default.
a recent report by the Climate Group found that the ICT sector could achieve global emissions reductions from industry of 7.8 billion tons of Co2e by 2020. That’s five times the sector’s own footprint.
Fiat’s new Eco Drive programme and the European Environment Agency’s Eye on Earth portal are two such examples.
The aim is to help drivers handle their vehicle more efficiently, which Fiat says could lower emissions by up to 15%
Microsoft is currently developing the Environmental Sustainability Dashboard for MS Dynamics AX dashboard, which is due to be released in the first quarter. The software is designed to help companies track their energy consumption and emissions by making environmental data collection a normal part of business.
In light of the climate crisis and other ecological challenges increasingly facing us, people are becoming more aware than ever about environmental problems and taking more actions to lessen their impacts. However, learning about the environment can often be confusing and overwhelming. There are lots of voices talking about the environment — activists, governments, companies, advisory groups, and non-profits, to name a few — all of whom have different ways of explaining things and advising people. They also make their points through a variety of different media from articles to blogs to films to white papers to position papers. It can be hard to find what you are looking for! To compound things, information can also be contradictory: are biofuels good or bad? To what degree?
That’s what you’ll be doing if a Japanese firm has its way.
A company called Genepax, dedicated to finding ways to turn water into power, has unveiled what it calls the first practical car to run solely on H20. The firm claims putting just a litre of water from any source – tap, rain or river – is enough to keep its automobile going for 60 minutes at a respectable speed of 80 kilometres an hour.
And forget about finding a gas station when you’re running on empty. “The car will continue to run as long as you have a bottle of water to top up from time to time,” Genepax CEO Kiyoshi Hirasawa told a local Japanese broadcaster after demonstrating the test vehicle in Osaka. “It does not require you to build up an infrastructure to recharge your batteries, which is usually the case for most electric cars.”
According to the company, the water gets poured into a tank at the back of the car and uses a generator to break it down and convert it to electrical power. It’s a completely different approach from the big automakers, who are looking at fuel cells that run on hydrogen as the next power source. Ironically, they emit water from the exhaust, not use it to run the vehicle.
Genepax can’t say yet when you’ll be taking one of their cars for a spin but like all these future fuels, their arrival seems to be off in the distance. They’ve just applied for a patent on the system and can’t say when – or if – it will ever actually hit the showrooms.
But they’re in talks with Japanese automakers about the idea and hope it will one day water down your need to ever visit a gas station – with its non-stop climbing prices – again.