Social Impact Bonds: Creating New Impact Investment Vehicles

A great deal of impact investing takes place through traditional financing models including private equity, venture capital, and debt financing.  However, there is also a movement to develop new impact investment vehicles that capitalize on both for-profit and government funding for solving social problems.  Social Finance UK has pioneered one of these new vehicles: the … Continued

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Prop 23 Would Kill Advanced Biofuel Technology

Across California, companies have been investing and preparing for the cleantech boom created by AB 32, but Prop 23 would stall this growth indefinitely. Bob Epstein, California entrepreneur and board of trustees member of Natural Resources Defense Council recently spoke of the 500,000 green jobs and billions of dollars in investment that are at jeopardy.

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Chevron Set for Oil Drilling in UK’s North Sea

Chevron’s latest North Sea oil exploration project has drawn Greenpeace’s ire. Chevron believes it can find oil at a depth of almost a mile deep. Greenpeace believes the North Sea’s ecosystem is too fragile and not worth the risk. Chevron as not yet announced the Lagavulin Project start date, but expect Greenpeace to keep up the fight; the NGO said it is exploring legal action.


Proposition 23 Will Cost Californians Billions

California’s Proposition 23 is financed by out-of-state companies, including two Texas oil companies (Valero Energy Corp. and Tesoro Corp.). A post last week by the Huffington Post says California voters “would be justified defeating Proposition 23 just to send a message to outside agitators to mind their own damn business.” The post also points out … Continued

California’s Prop 23 Would Put the Brakes on Clean Energy

By William A. Sundstrom With the state’s unemployment rate stuck at around 12 percent, many Californians are suffering and desperate for a paycheck. Exploiting their pain, two Texas oil companies, a pair of out-of-state billionaires, and other backers of Proposition 23 hope to convince voters to effectively repeal California’s landmark clean energy law in the … Continued


Your State’s Greener Than My State. But Why?

I recently had the opportunity to play tourist in Vermont. I was mesmerized by the beauty of the state, its history and the obvious commitment of its people to the greater green. Forests greeted our eyes at every turn and localism was the order of the day. Main streets full of shops filled in for … Continued


2 Simple Keys to Unlock $120 Billion for Impact Investment

Triple Pundit recently teamed up with SoCap10 to explore the opportunity and challenge of impact investing. In partnership with Myoo Create, we put a call out to bloggers asking: What’s Next? How will social enterprise unlock the $120 billion market opportunity for impact investment? Leading up to SoCap10 October 4th-6th, we’re featuring the best answers … Continued

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Prop 23 Would Increase Vulnerability to Fossil Fuel Price Shocks

By Chris Busch Proposition 23 is the California ballot initiative that would suspend implementation of the state’s landmark clean energy and climate law, Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32).  One of the many reasons to vote against Proposition 23 is that it would increase the vulnerability of the California economy to crude oil and gasoline price … Continued


How California’s Proposition 23 Will Affect the Solar Industry

It is fitting that the Golden State produces the most solar energy in the U.S. Solar power is expected to grow even more in California. The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently approved four major solar power projects, and is expected to approve two more projects this week. The solar power projects approved and pending approval … Continued


Go for the Sustainable Gold Standard

Gold is becoming more and more popular in the mainstream.  Only a few years ago, talk of gold was restricted to the fringe of society.   With the dollar declining in value, gold reaching all time highs, whispers of bringing back the gold standard are getting louder. Whether you agree or disagree with gold as money, … Continued


California Governator Says Prop 23 Corrupts Democratic Process

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke out against Proposition 23 on Monday. Proposition 23 would overturn California’s landmark climate change law, AB 32 or the Global Warming Solutions Act. AB 32 can be called Schwarzenegger’s environmental legacy, and signing it into law is possibly one of the best things he did as the governor of the … Continued

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Minorities Fight Back Against Prop. 23

By Orson Aguilar They’re at it again:  Once more, special interests are trying to hijack California’s state ballot to enrich themselves at the expense of our communities. The Latino, African-American and Asian communities that make up California’s new majority are most at risk, and we’re not taking this lying down. San Antonio-based Valero Energy and … Continued


Win or Lose, Have a Post November Plan Ready

The climate around Proposition 23 (Prop 23) is heating up.  Supporters are touting its passage as supporting job creation in California.  The opposition suggests that Prop 23  is a play to continue dirty energy.  Urgency amongst sustainability folk is to ensure Prop 23 does not pass.  However, regardless if Prop 23 passes or fails, as … Continued

Secret Trade Agreement Threatens Internet Freedom, Affordable Health Care and More

While the stated objective of reducing piracy and counterfeiting are laudable goals, critics claim that this legislation is heavy-handed goes too far, ignores the interests of developing countries and hands out a grab bag of gifts to Health Care, Big Pharma and the Motion Picture industry, who just happen to be major donors to the campaigns of every member of the US Congressional Caucus on Intellectual Property and Piracy Prevention, who are, along with US Ambassador Susan C. Schwab, the driving force behind this legislation


Edward James Olmos Slams Prop 23 In NRDC Ad

An anti-Proposition 23 ad by Edward James Olmos’ for the National Resources Defense Counsel (NRDC) appeared on YouTube in July in English and Spanish. Olmos said in the ad, “Don’t let polluters from Texas tell us how to live.” Considering Olmos is a household name, the ad is a great campaign tactic.