A catch all category for government, politics and initiatives to influence either.

SPECIAL SERIES: Energy Options: Pros and Cons

Clean Coal: Pros and Cons

The people who still support coal, basically have one argument: that it’s a necessary evil, being the only source of energy within reach that is sufficiently abundant to keep up with our enormous and ever-growing appetite for energy. We have so much coal, they reason, and we need lots of energy, so how could we not take advantage of this resource? They could be right, as much as those of us who care about the environment hate to admit it.

California Charges Forward on EVs

As you may have seen, California Governor Jerry Brown announced a $120 million settlement last week, with utility company NRG that will be used to fund a large scale infrastructure effort for electric vehicles. This statewide charging network will include at least 200 fast-charging stations and another 10,000 plug-in units at 1,000 locations across the state. This not only puts California at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution, it also will encourage these cars to range widely across the state, beyond the limitations of their batteries.

The Unsustainability of Incarceration

Prisons now fall into the category of big business; many are currently privatized so there is monetary incentive for increased cell occupancy. That’s a whole other kind of prisoner’s dilemma. Here’s why it’s unsustainable in more way than one.

Ford Focus EV Team Takes Steps to Avoid Chevy Volt’s Pitfalls

Undoubtedly sobered by the plight of the Chevy Volt, which recently idled production for five weeks, furloughing 1300 workers in an effort to draw down excess inventory, the Ford Focus EV team has taken a number of innovative steps to avoid a similar plight.

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.

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.

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.

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