New York Times: Energy & Environment

The New York Times has just launched a new Energy & Environment section and from the first offerings it looks like it is going to be a treat. An outgrowth of the excellent GreenInc. blog, the section styles itself as a front line investigation of the way Energy, Economy and Environment have become intertwined in efforts to respond to our combined financial and ecological crisis.

I've enjoyed the blog so far because it cuts through the hype that surrounds a lot of green issue and asks some important questions. The most recent post on in the new section follows suit, providing a glimpse of the difficulties US states and cities may have in managing the $6.3b windfall of efficiency related funds soon to be coming their way thanks to the federal stimulus package. In some cases departmental budgets are increasing 123 times almost overnight. The challenge is going to be whether cities and regions can manage these funds well enough to balance the drive to spend as quickly as possible and the need to make sure that quality projects are carried out.
"The money in the bill is enough to pay for a tremendous expansion of efficiency efforts across the country. But as with other parts of the stimulus package, the efficiency plan is creating tension between spending the money quickly, to get rapid economic stimulus, and spending it well, to do the most good over the long run."
Still, states and cities should have a big pool of applicants to choose from to staff new positions. Of all the people laid off in other sectors there have got to be a fair number with the skills to help manange these projects...

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Anonymous said... 17 March 2009 at 22:18

China says importers of Chinese-made goods should pay for carbon emitted during their manufacture.

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