Walmart’s new policy calls for a 6-fold increase in renewable energy from 2010 levels, and 20 percent less energy consumption. [E&E News]
The retail behemoth is throwing its full economic muscle behind energy sustainability. Local utilities that don’t get on board with Walmart’s green energy programs could be left behind like an old, worn-out shopping center.
The company’s new energy policy, announced this week at its Global Sustainability Milestone Meeting, calls for Walmart to produce or procure 7 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy globally by the end of the decade, a 600 percent increase over 2010 levels.
At the same time, the retailer will make deep cuts to its energy consumption by shaving 20 percent from 2010 levels the amount of electricity required to power a square foot of a Walmart store or warehouse.
Environmental groups joined with NY, CT, DE, MA, ME, NM, OR, RI, VT, DC, and New York City to threaten a lawsuit over the EPA’s delayed carbon rules for new power plants. [LA Times]
The only public hearing on Keystone will be held today in Nebraska. [Washington Post]
Rep. Bobby Rush on Rep. Fred Upton: “He also believed in climate change. But now all of the sudden, since he became the chair, he’s had a new reorientation. He thinks that climate change now is a hoax.” [The Hill]
The IEA said that the world is not switching to renewable energy fast enough to stop climate change. [Reuters]
The EU’s carbon trading program will still be burdened with too many credits, but Connie Hedegaard, EU commissioner for climate action, said other reforms could work as well. [Guardian]
The Mississippi River could hit ten feet above flood stage next week — after being so low that barge traffic had been endangered last year. [New York Times]
Greenland’s fishing industry has been hurt by global warming, and therefore they are turning to … increased mining. [Bloomberg]
Sandy aftereffects: New Jersey is having to offer to buy flood-prone homes to encourage adaptation to rising sea levels and storm surge. [AP]
There are now more than 48,000 electric vehicle charging stations on the planet. [CleanTechnica]