- Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) has committed to cutting its energy use 20 percent by 2010. A company spokesman told AFX News:
"Energy efficiency is an integral part of the environmental program HP has had in place for decades...Sustainability should span the entire business, from product reuse and recycling, a socially and environmentally responsible supply chain, to energy efficiency in products and internal operations -- it's the whole package."
- President Bush and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva met recently to discuss a biofuels trade between the two nations. This has raised the eyebrows of U.S. farmers who are uncomfortable with President Bush talking about a partnership with a nation they see as a competitor. Brazil has asked the U.S. to drop its 53-cent-per-gallon tariff on Brazilian ethanol.
- The Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming has no legislative authority, but it does have subpoena power, a $3.7 million budget, a team of investigators, and a two-year time limit. Katrina Vanden Heuvel of the Nation discusses some areas the Committee should explore to create global warming solutions.