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5 Drivers of Advanced Energy Growth

Energy is a highly regulated industry, at both the state and national level. But which is more important for growth: policy actions or market dynamics? For the advanced energy industry, the two are intertwined, and the economic impact is powerful.

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EPEAT: Moving the Electronics Market Toward Green Standards

Government regulation is often the go-to answer when it comes to environmental issues, like reducing waste in landfill. But when it came to developing standards to reduce e-waste and ensure that computers, monitors and other electronics were built ‘green,’ it was purely a matter of industry consensus. Oh, and lots and lots of hard work.

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The Line on the Sidewalk: South Florida’s Climate Change Dilemma

Florida’s coastline is world famous for its tourism amenities. The state is also a vital transportation nexus for the country, providing an essential link with Latin America. And of course, people love going to the Kennedy Space Center to learn about the country’s space endeavors. But all three of those vital Florida industries face considerable challenges if sea levels continue to rise. So does Miami’s million-dollar shorelines, which face insurance problems, flooding landscape and the prospects of a sizable exodus in coming years.

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House Natural Resources Committee: ‘Carbon Emissions Are Good’

The House Committee on Natural Resources recently discussed the benefits that carbon emissions provide to the planet. Yes, you heard right. I said “benefits.” Greenhouse gases produced by burning coal, oil and other fuels are good, so some representatives and witnesses say.

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To Diversify Tech — Force Inclusion?

The cat’s out of the bag. After years of pressure from activists, technology companies have released demographics about their employees. And it’s not good.

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Al Gore Hits Obama on Arctic Drilling Decision

Gore is confident there will be some sort of agreement coming out of Paris. “Even if it falls a little bit short of the 2-degree threshold, it will definitely lend a tremendous amount of momentum to an historic transition that is now well underway, away from carbon-based energy and towards renewables efficiency, battery storage and sustainable agriculture and forestry.”

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Boehner’s Drought Plan: Blame Environmentalists and Obama

House Speaker John Boehner – leader of the least productive Congress in American history, one which has done little, if anything, to assist the Western United States and its historic drought — has decided to blame President Barack Obama and environmentalists for causing said drought.

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The ROI of San Francisco’s Zero-Waste Program

Seizing an opportunity to conserve resources, reduce environmental impact, and create jobs, the city of San Francisco set a goal in 2002 to achieve zero waste by 2020. Is it working? At what cost?

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Hillary Clinton vs. the Sharing Economy?

“This on-demand or so called ‘gig’ economy is creating exciting opportunities and unleashing innovation, but it’s also raising hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future,” Clinton explained at a recent speech in New York. 3p correspondent Raz Godelnik outlines some positive directions the sharing economy could take to move away from ‘Uberization.’

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Comedian Mocks Congress Inaction on Healthy School Lunch

Nick Offerman and Funny or Die joined forces to create a parody on unhealthy cafeteria lunches to raise awareness for the American Heart Association. Can humor bring attention to this important issue?

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Regional Cap-and-Trade Shown to Save Money While Boosting Economy and Cutting Emissions

When the multi-state Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative was established, organizations like the Institute for Energy Research and the Heritage Foundation argued against any type of carbon tax or cap-and-trade program, saying that they would “inflict high costs on families.” What has actually taken place differs widely from these dire predictions.