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Politicians and Bankers Agree: We Need to Change Climate Change Messaging

The chances to be in a discussion on the impact of the OEDC latest report on Washington and Wall-Street and get out of it optimistic are less than the chances to win the lottery. Yet, this is exactly what happened to me last week at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit in New York in a panel that explored some interesting ideas that can actually help avoid the devastating consequences of inaction described in the OECD outlook.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Cleantech

Almost every day you can find on the media news on renewable energy and sometimes it’s so overwhelming that you can’t see the forest for the trees. Therefore I always appreciate the opportunity to stop for a minute and get a better look at the big picture. Such an opportunity was The Wall Street Green Summit that took place in New York. This event provided many interesting perspectives on the present and the future of the cleantech sector, and I’d like to share three main themes from the summit that seemed to be having the greatest influence on the industry. I’ll divide them into the good, the bad and the ugly.

Local Governments Start Recycling, Environmentalists Halt

In a tragic twist of unbridled proportions, Conservatives have started recycling, but Environmentalists have ceased recycling actions. What stimulated this sudden role reversal? What effect does this have on not only the environment, but the economy?

Goldman Sachs Loses Battle with Largest Public Union in U.S.

Realizing the pressure of a recent shareholder resolution, Goldman Sachs was able to get the largest public employee and health care workers’ union in the country, AFSCME, to pull their proposal regarding Lloyd Blankfein’s role as both CEO and chairman of the board. In lieu of yanking the proposal, Goldman will change its board structure and appoint a “lead director” to its board.

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Supreme Court Rules Against the EPA

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously in favor on March 21 of anIdahocouple that challenged an EPA Clean Water Act compliance order which carried up to $75,000 in fines.

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Jerry Brown on Solyndra, China, High Speed Rail and “Imagination and Rigor”

Last week, at the close of the Wall Street Journal ECO:nomics conference in Santa Barbara, California’s Governor Jerry Brown talked with CEO’s and industry leaders about his work to build a health, clean energy economy in California. Here are some highlights: Wall Street Journal: In 1977, California introduced solar tax incentives. How has your view … Continued

Why Energy Independence In Its Current Form is Actually a Bad Idea

One of the main stories the New York Times ran on its front page on Friday was on how the United States is getting closer to becoming independent from foreign energy sources. Another story the newspaper ran was on Obama’s support for the southern leg of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Both articles show how energy independence became extremely connected and depended on the rise of domestic gas and oil production.

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5 Reasons Why Integrated Reporting Can Be a Game Changer

Earlier this month Prof. Robert Eccles of Harvard Business School was interviewed on MIT Sloan Management Review about the latest developments in integrated reporting. This interview provides a clear view of both the opportunities and the challenges of integrated reporting.

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Energy Secretary Chu Chooses Popularity Over Sustainability

In 2008, Stephen Chu, then Director of the Berkley Lawrence National Lab, said, “Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels of Europe.” That was a very sane and rational statement for a scientist, who had been wrestling with the question of America’s energy future for some time, to make. It still is. America desperately needs to reduce her gasoline consumption for any number of reasons including the economy, our national security and the environment. We all know that our fossil fuel dependent economy is not sustainable for all those reasons. And there is no better way to reduce consumption then to increase prices. That has been proven every time prices have gone up. People start driving less and when they go shopping for a car, they actually pay attention to the gas mileage.

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What’s in a Bag? The Continuing Debate About Banning Plastic Bags

In the spring, the European Commission plans to publish proposals that will tackle the problem of plastic bags and to reduce the number that are used. About fifteen thousand people took part in a public consultation and most of them favoured an outright ban. However, many countries within the EU bloc have been hesitating with … Continued