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On The 97%: Watch John Oliver's Hilarious 'Statistically Representative Climate Change Debate'

Oliver's segment was brilliant, and more importantly, became a meme.  Bill Nye should just stop showing up for "debates" unless he can bring 96 other people with him.

May 14, 2014    View Comment    

On Expert Featured On 60 Minutes Exposes How Show Knowingly Ignored Facts On Clean Energy

Thank you, Joe, for getting the full story out.  Rapier is a highly-respected analyst and should not have been treated this way.  Dumbing down this very important issue is not helpful in the least.  60 Minutes should be ashamed.

January 8, 2014    View Comment    

On Hydraulic Fracking & Water Pollution

Michael, thanks for your thoughtful comment. The Future Energy Fellow program is entirely editorialy independent, as is The Energy Collective. Our next couple of posts will focus on wind, wave & tidal technologies, biofuels and yes, fossil fuels. The entire program will discuss the entire energy mix that we are currently using, so look forward to some more in depth analysis on solar power, energy storage or fracking.

For more information on our partnership with Shell, please check out my initial post on the partnership:

May 1, 2013    View Comment    

On Insurance Industry Ill-Prepared for Climate Change Risks and Impacts

The property and casualty insurance brokers and their re-insurance backers are the financial front lines of climate change mitigation.  More importantly, their businesses cross national boundaries and have access to very sophisticated modeling.  Except for those periods when the insurers make a federal government the insurer of last resort (Katrina, etc.), the insurers have the greatest financial stake in making sure that climate change is, at least, predictable.  And as this article points out, it is their investors that can use their leverage to put the insurers on the line.  Global business cannot survive without insurance and risk mitigation....and that is a good thing.  Although the industry itself, when it comes to publicity, is incredibly risk-averse, they probably have more influence in affecting real improvements in climate change mitigation than all the Greenpeaces put together.

March 15, 2013    View Comment    

On New Energy Sources: Possibilities and Prospects

Welcome Mark, to The Energy Collective and to our Future Energy Fellows conversation.  You've gotten our global conversation off to a great start.  We're looking forward to more to come.  Special thanks to Shell for making this possible.

January 18, 2013    View Comment    

On The rebound effect: the ACEEE strikes back

As we say in business, if you can't measure it, it doesn't exist.  Interesting controversy.

August 10, 2012    View Comment    

On Observations at Powering the People 2.0

Steve, as a media partner for the event, The Energy Collective was also invited to attend (and I was there).  I've been tracking the utility industry for quite some time, and I have to disagree with your opinions on their level of adaption to the new realities of technology, customer engagement, and even an understanding of the urgency of climate change. No one could expect a highly regulated industry to be among the first to "disrupt" the status quo, but in the past two years the industry by and large has embraced increased efficiency, smart metering, new social initiatives like Green Button (see Jim Pierobon's post above) and at the same time continued to heat homes, light buildings and provide the basic services fostered by a functioning grid.  I particularly noted from the presentations the fact that 40% of all new energy is now coming from renewable sources, and that investment in wind and solar is now at an all-time high, spurred in no small part from utility acceptance and investment.  The real impediment to further innovation at this point is, in my opinion, not with the utilities but with the regulators, who need to give the utilties greater freedom to innovate and to embrace the novel business models of companies like OPower, which you mention.  Perhaps your criticism might be better focused on those friction points.

March 26, 2012    View Comment    

On The Future of Oil & Gas: Exploring New Innovation in Old-Fashioned Energy Webcast Recap

Great re-cap and thanks, Sheila!

February 7, 2012    View Comment    

On Energy Policy On The Go

We should try to get together, Robert, while you are in DC.  Also, you should connect with Jesse Jenkins in SF.

August 30, 2011    View Comment    

On Does the President Realize We’re About to Have an Energy Crisis?

Amy, thanks for joining The Energy Collective.  Great to have you on board.

April 4, 2011    View Comment    

On Nuclear Safety and the Fukushima Dai-ichi Explosion

Charles, I'm looking into what happened with your post, but please send me whatever is missing and I will put it back in.

March 13, 2011    View Comment    

On Is High-Speed Rail Worth Its Cost?

Florida's governor Scott just this week pulled the plug on Florida's high-speed rail system, and those federal dollars may be going to California instead.

Expensive though high-speed rail is, all modes of modern transportation are uniformally expensive, require public funding and rarely, if ever, recover their costs, particularly if those costs include future costs associated with ever-increasing green-house gases.

Further, the "core train technologies" that you refer to, Geoff, come from companies and/or countries that invest in American workers and have extensive technology sharing.  For more on high-speed rail and its benefits, I refer you to our recent "e-book," on the same subject:


February 19, 2011    View Comment