Retailers, led by Ikea, make big moves into on-site renewables
Home furnishings giant Ikea last month set a new bar for renewable energy installations among big box retailers by announcing it would produce almost 5 megawatts of electricity atop two sprawling distribution centers in Maryland and New Jersey. The planned installations are among a flurry of recent announcements involving rollouts of large solar arrays by the company, and other retailers are following Ikea's lead.
A Republican icon puts his weight behind a tax on CO2 emissions
Former Secretary of State George Shultz is preparing to promote a carbon tax, putting him in the company of a small cluster of Republican statesmen who are embracing efforts to reduce greenhouse gases that their party has rejected. Shultz, who spent nearly seven years in President Reagan's Cabinet, says a carbon tax that returns its revenue to taxpayers and public programs could eventually be accepted by the Republican Party, despite its current hostile outlook on measures that reduce emissions.