Is the Automotive Industry Too Vital to Fail?

When Rick Wagoner, CEO of GM, was asked what it would mean if the U.S. automotive industry failed, while appearing before Congress last week, he responded, “the cost would be catastrophic in jobs lost, income lost, government tax revenue lost, and a huge blow to consumer and business confidence.” Robert Mardelli, CEO of Chrysler, told … Continued

Waxman Ousts Dingell – Another Key Barrier to Climate & Energy Progress Removed

This is fantastic news – and another sign that the stars are aligning for some serious sustainability-oriented policy changes to take place in Washington… Automakers’ closest friend kicked out of chairmanship It’s the end of an era — Michigan Democrat John Dingell has been officially toppled from his post as head of the House Energy … Continued

Energy at a Tipping Point Part 1: A Conversation with Worldwatch’s Chris Flavin

Last week I attended a discussion entitled After the Election: Where is Cleantech Headed Now? hosted by TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) at their Silicon Valley headquarters. The event was moderated by Andrew Chung of Lightspeed Venture Partners with presentations by Chris Flavin of Worldwatch Institute and Dr. Dick Swanson, founder of SunPower. Needless to say, the … Continued

Pricing of Externalities is Upon Us

San Francisco is the first city in the U.S. to have implemented a plastic bag ban, but there are many other cities up and down the west coast and across the nation who have enacted or are discussing similar measures (including Seattle, Los Angeles, Portland, and New York). As opposed to S.F.’s ban on plastic, … Continued

Move Over New Deal, We Need a Global Green Deal

This weekend leaders of the world’s 20 biggest economies gather for the G20 summit. Gary Gardner and Michael Renner, Worldwatch Institute senior researchers, believe the G20 summit should discuss creating a Global Green Deal. The strategic objectives of the GGD, as outlined by Gardner and Renner, are transitioning to a renewable energy economy, launching an … Continued

Planning the First 100 Days: Green IS the Recession Solution!

Since the credit crisis began, many experts have called for ‚ÄòA Green New Deal’ to rescue us. But how will green solutions be our savior, and why – at the end of the age of oil and a time of increasingly dangerous human-caused climatic instability – is this type of policy package so crucial for President Obama to implement during his first 100 Days?

Obama’s Energy Plan Will Cater To Green Chip Investors

In anticipation of an Obama victory, investors scooped up insanely cheap renewable energy stocks on the day before and the day of the election. The solar sector saw some of the most impressive gains, with stocks like Evergreen Solar (NASDAQ:ESLR) climbing 44 percent, and Solarfun Power Holdings (NASDAQ:SOLF) picking up 49 percent.

An Open Letter to President Elect Barack Obama on the Fiscal Stimulus Package

Americans have heard a great deal about hope and change during this election season. Together, those two words evoke a compelling vision for the future of our nation. Once the election is over, the questions for our policy makers (at all levels) will be how to move the nation towards this positive future, especially in the face of an economically challenged present.

World Conservation Congress

Last week marked the 60th anniversary of the World Conservation Congress. The Congress is a ten-day forum for leaders in academia, business, government, NGO’s and the UN. Led by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), this year’s event in Barcelona drew over 8,000 participants. Julia Marton-Lef√®vre, Director General of the IUCN, declared, “The … Continued

Gas Prices + CO2 + Economy = The Perfect Storm

By Inimai M. Chettiar We don’t yet know who will win the White House on November 4th. But what we do know is that the next administration will need to deal with a triplet of crises in the economy, environment, and energy. We’re watching the upward tick of the cost of a gallon of gas, … Continued

San Francisco Provides Comprehensive Incentives In Push For Solar Power

In July, San Francisco launched GoSolarSF a 10-year solar rebate program designed to accelerate the build out of the city’s clean energy infrastructure. On September 30th, Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that applications for new solar installations have quadrupled since then, putting the city on track to double its installed capacity by next year. Under the … Continued

Demand a New Green Economy

A post by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom: At this vital juncture in our country’s history, it’s clear that we must take climate change seriously. America is spending more than $200,000 per minute on foreign oil — $13 million per hour. More than $25 billion a year goes for Persian Gulf imports alone. Our dependence … Continued