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Eye on the Right: Businesses Split over Climate Change

The debate over clean energy is ripping open divisions in conservative business lobbies.  Debate on federal climate change legislation has led an increasing number of businesses to leave the Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, and other business associations because of those organizations' stances against recognizing the scientific validity of climate change. The revolt has been growing ever since a senior Chamber official called for a "Scopes monkey trial of the 21st century" to evaluate evidence of global warming.

Energy Efficiency Created 1.5 Million Jobs in California; Points to National Economic Recovery Program

Can investments in green jobs and energy efficiency revive our national economy?  A new study, which assesses job creation as a result of energy efficiency policies in California over the last thirty years, argues that it can.

Illinois Commerce Commission Allows Controversial Decoupling Pilot Program

Decoupling increased utility profits from increased energy use is a key policy for promoting energy savings. Yet, some proposals, like the four-year decoupling pilot program just approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC), may just be masking abuses of consumers under the guise of energy conservation.

Utility Decoupling: Giving Utilities Incentives to Promote Energy Efficiency

California utility Southern Edison has proposed distributing one million free compact fluorescent light bulbs to help low-income families reduce their lighting costs. It also offered customers the chance to exchange halogen lamps for new, energy-efficient Energy Star fluorescent lamps. And, it offered energy-efficiency programs that have saved more than four billion kilowatt hours - enough energy to power 500,000 homes for an entire year- and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by more than two million tons, the equivalent of removing 250,000 cars from the road.