Archives for November, 2010

Have you ever wondered why so many former opponents of nuclear power are switching sides and are now advocating for nuclear power plant construction with the same passion they once devoted to fully abandoning this controversial technology? Why is Dr. Jim Hansen, the godfather of climate change, in favor or nuclear power? Why is Stewart…

I became an environmentalist much later in life than I should have. Born in San Francisco I grew up in Suisun, California, a small town of small, aging ranch-style houses on a slough that fed the Bay. It’s the kind of town that, usually if someone thinks they’ve heard of it, they’re actually thinking of…

But is it a good revolution or a bad revolution? According to Steve Forbes, editor in chief of Forbes magazine and sometime presidential candidate, the “energy crisis [is] over!” (In case you’re wondering, that exclamation point is Mr. Forbes’s.) What ended the crisis? According to Mr. Forbes, there’s an energy “revolution” on that’s due to…

In the ivory towers of academic economics (from which I mostly escaped years ago), markets are the heroes of many a mythical story. As the theory goes, wherever there is a need and a way to meet it at a profit, and so long as nasty things like governments don’t interfere, a market will materialize,…

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As scientists assess mounting evidence of a new geologic epoch where human activities will largely control the evolution of our Earth’s environment, they have coined this epoch, “The Anthropocene.” Don’t look now, but you’re living in it.   What we don’t know is whether our influence on climate during the Anthropocene will be a short-term, relatively…

How did the largest fully-contracted, solar energy power plant north of Florida end up in Delaware, the second smallest state with the fourth lowest overall production of electricity? How did such a leap forward in renewable energy production occur only three years into Delaware establishing solar-specific mandates in their Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS)?  By getting…

On Nov. 2nd, voters in California chose a clear path to clean energy and a growing green economy by defeating Prop 23, one of the most brazen attacks on climate and energy legislation. Californians sent a message that clean energy is not only good for the environment, it’s also vital to the state’s economic future.…

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The world’s energy challenges are not just a problem for international negotiators, oil companies and climate scientists.  They are shared by all of us — the homeowner installing solar panels in the back yard, the researcher using cutting-edge science to see how termites create energy from wood, the small business looking for innovative financing to…

Business to Governments: You Dance.

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Today, climate change and sustainability issues are rising to the top of corporate agendas, and this is good news.  Business will need to be deeply engaged in these issues if the efforts of governments are to be successfully leveraged.  However, there is an important disconnect that needs to be addressed: a decided lack of clarity…

Given a moment to think about it, nearly everyone agrees that the United States needs to make some decisions about how to insure that we have safe, clean, reliable, affordable energy for the future. If we keep postponing these decisions, we’ll be putting our economy, our environment, and our way of life at risk. But…