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Why Companies Should Mobilize the Renewable Energy Supply Chain

A big development in clean energy advocacy recently took place, and odds are you haven't heard about it.

Seven Reasons to Walk Away From Keystone XL

There is less than a month before the justices of the Nebraska Supreme court hear arguments in a case that will have a big impact on TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline. The court will hear the argument that ranchers and farmers in the pipeline's path must have their lifestyles ruined first before standing up to the bullying and lies by TransCanada. I'm not making that up - it's the actual argument that TransCanada's apologists are saying. Good luck with that.

Inert Gas (and oil and coal) - Darren Goode on the Power of Policy Inertia and How it Works in Favor of Fossil Fuels

by Tigercomm President Mike Casey

Want Politico to Cover Your Energy Bill? Check Out Darren Goode's Call on the Odds it Passes

Richard Caperton: Leveling the Playing Field Between Dirty and Clean Energy

Guiding us through the alphabet soup of stuff that matters to clean energy: Richard Caperton talks MLPs vs. the PTC and the ITC

Richard Caperton: Master Limited Partnerships Could Have "Huge Impact" on Clean Energy in US

Video: Danny Kennedy Gives TEDx Talk on "How Profit Will Save the Planet"

"Degradable Plastic Bag" Manufacturer Makes False Claims About Product

Recently, our dog chewed up our 10-years-old family compost bin. The new, metal bin we purchased came with "degradable" (e.g., not "BIOdegradable") bags by a company called Norpro. The Norpro bags claim to be safe to throw into your compost pile, where they degrade. But degrade into what exactly? Won't the bag simply break down into small plastic particles that then contaminate the compost, which in turn we use to fertilize the vegetables we eventually eat? Or are we missing something here?

So, we contacted Norpro to see what we could find out. First, we called the company's customer service line (877-879-1360), and were told that we needed to contact their corporate number (800-722-0202). We called them at that number and asked the same question. We were told that they weren't able to answer the question, and that we should email their sales department.

Before we did that, we checked Norpro's website, where the company presents its bags as being "[m]ade of 100% degradable and compostable material" and "[e]ndorsed by ISAB and OPI" (note: there's no indication on the Norpro website what ISAB and OPI might be, exactly). We then emailed the company, told them our understanding is that degradable plastics are still petroleum based, and asked whether these plastics wouldn't still pollute the environment and potentially harm our health, especially if used for composting purposes?

In response, we received a page of information on Norpro's degradable compost bags. Among the claims made on this sheet were a couple that seemed dubious:

New Research: Cleantechers Have to Win the Race to Define, Not Just “Respond”

According to a recent TechCrunch story, "when untruthful information is immediately corrected in a news story," it doesn't fix the effect. In fact, a new study concludes, calling out false information can paradoxically make users “more resistant to factual information." Or, as the TechCrunch article puts it: "The more truth we read, the more we tend to believe strongly held lies."