CleanTech OC Daily - 4/20/12

Friday, April 20, 2012

Should California use climate change fund to finance a high-speed railway?
Gov. Jerry Brown is contemplating using money from California’s climate change program to help finance a high-speed railway. The idea is to use the money that big polluters ( oil refineries and power plants) have to pay to get credits to offset their emissions. The pay-to-pollute program encourages polluters to reduce emissions over time. Opposing the issue is the Legislative Analyst’s Office, who said that the money should support efforts that can reduce emissions more cost effectively.

IBM is unveiling progress and new partners for its lithium air battery technology, which it started working on in the Summer of 2009. The technology could one day be a commercial product in the 2020-2030 time frame and allow an electric car up to a 500-mile range. In order to move research forward IBM has teamed up with Japanese chemical companies Asahi Kasei and Central Glass.

Short answer: Yes - Robert G. Eccles, Loannis Loannou and George Serafeim report findings from their recent paper “The Impact of a Corporate Culture of Sustainability on Corporate Behavior and Performance”

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