Obama Adds New Luster to Old Calls for Energy Independence
The president announced a push to tame rising gasoline prices by advocating more energy production at home. (The Wall Street Journal)

Senator Blames Regulations for Clogged Toilets
U.S. Senator Rand Paul’s toilets don’t work and, he says, it’s the government’s fault. (Bloomberg)

Miles-Per-Gallon Concept Touted for Homes
A coalition of environmentalists, green builders, and energy-efficiency experts have argued that it’s time to make Energy Performance Scores mandatory, as a way to help consumers, reduce energy costs, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. (Sustainable Life)

S.C. Lawmakers Try to Keep Traditional Light Bulbs on the Shelves
South Carolina legislators are attempting to circumvent a federal law that will force the phase-out of traditional light bulbs starting in 2012. (Environmental Leader)

House Democrat to Co-Sponsor Bill to “Rein in” the EPA
Rep. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.)’s legislation puts a freeze on the agency’s regulatory agenda for major industrial polluters like power plants and petroleum refiners. (Politico)

U.K. Green Building Group Speaks Out on Zero-Carbon Policy
The country’s Green Building Council has accused the British government of a U-turn on its 2016 zero-carbon-homes policy, claiming it will damage green growth and emissions reductions in the housing sector. (GreenWise)

Solving the Green Building Policy Puzzle
It’s been an extremely busy season for state legislative activity. Here is a roundup of the latest green building legislation. (GreenBiz.com)

Bill to Restrict HOA Bans on Solar Panels Passes Texas Senate Committee
The legislation would require homeowner associations to permit solar panels unless they stick off the home’s roof, loom above a fence, or turn into an eyesore. (The Dallas Morning News)

Oregon Steps Up on Passive House Standard
Supporters of the Passive House trend achieved a landmark in Oregon when a committee charged with drafting the state's building code adopted a standard recognizing passive house construction. (Sustainable Business Oregon)

Top 10 Cleantech Cities in the United States
With a large array of renewable resources, a dedication by businesses and homeowners to become more energy efficient, and a large hub for research and development, a lot can be accomplished when it comes to creating new, efficient, and sustainable clean technologies. (Reuters)

Florida Town Scraps Plans to Build Green Demonstration Home
Pinellas County commissioners, increasingly uneasy over spending, halted a plan to build a $475,750 home to showcase the latest green technologies. (St. Petersburg Times)

Stockton, Calif., OKs Green Home Legislation
The city council has approved an ordinance that seeks to improve the energy efficiency of nearly 1 in 10 Stockton homes over the next three years. (RecordNet.com)