Archives for February, 2011

Well, it had to happen: as oil prices edge up to $100 per barrel, members of Congress have started calling for the nation to tap into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to hold prices down.  It’s not surprising. High oil prices cost votes. But believing the  petroleum reserve is actually going to solve our price problem…

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Earlier this month, members of the Green For All Fellowship program wowed a standing-room only crowd at the 2011 Good Jobs, Green Jobs Conference in Washington DC. One of those fellows, Zoe Hollomon, from the Massachusetts Avenue Project, spoke movingly about her efforts to bring affordable, nutritious food to Buffalo. It was an important presentation,…

Comments Off on Back to a global green recovery plan?

A scenario of sustained high oil prices can no longer be discarded. If the uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East continue to spread to other countries over the next months, it is quite likely that oil prices will keep high, and may even reach new record heights. Not an unlikely development, particularly if…

Comments Off on Chat: Electric Vehicles: If You Build It, They Will Come?

Today at 12 noon EST, Planet Forward will be hosting a live chat with Zachary Heir, whose idea we featured last night on PBS’s Nightly Business Report. Get a glimpse into one of the first projects in the nation that is building the necessary infrastructure for electric vehicles. Charging stations, built at local businesses, give…

Next Monday, February 28, Tim DeChristopher will walk into a Utah courtroom to face federal felony charges for disrupting an oil and gas auction in December 2008. The judge has granted a motion from the prosecution to prohibit DeChristopher from explaining to the jury the reasons behind his actions. Last October we had a chance…

It is all too easy to see environmental protection and economic development simply as competing philosophies, and nothing more. A range of studies attest to the fact that this is a false dichotomy. In my earlier blog, I described the alternative vision that became a reality in a small Nicaraguan coastal community that chose to invest…

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Yale’s Great Energy Blog, launching today, is where students from across the university will answer a question we pose to them. This week: Smarter Ways to Get from Here to There: Perugia, Italy, is a city that has made a concerted effort to eliminate car traffic from the urban environs, with people moving around via…

Two reports came out this week on climate change, neither of which drew much public notice outside the investing world. One, by Mercer consulting, managed to generate a little bit of news with its warning that climate change poses significant risks to investment portfolios over the next 20 years. I wouldn’t be at all surprised…

Comments Off on How Much Natural Gas Is There, Really?

Recent news stories and press releases about U.S. natural gas supply, and the role of shale gas in improving U.S. energy supply security, have presented many conflicting estimates of America’s natural gas reserves. The accuracy of these estimates matter, because business investment and public policy decisions rely on such estimates of future energy availability and…

Comments Off on Helping Others Make a Difference

It takes a movement to change the world. No one person or organization can build the clean energy economy alone — it requires a network of change agents dedicated to making a difference. Green For All has created a number of initiatives to lift up the next generation of leaders. Last month, on this blog,…