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Review: Billion Dollar Green by Tobin Smith

"You've got to have shitloads of M-O-N-E-Y, money," Liz Phair growled, back when she knew how to growl. It's true. Readers of this blog know I believe the only way we shift to a new green economy and address global environmental issues is by...

Posted March 20, 2009    

Review: Strategies for the Green Economy by Joel Makower

Joe Makower is truly a green guru.Two decades ago he wrote The Green Consumer (which we published when I worked at Viking Penguin), and over the past 20 years he's become one of the leading advisers and sustainability strategists to Fortune 500...

Posted February 3, 2009    

An Obama Stimulus, Not A Futurama Stimulus

The stimulus package that passed in the House -- without a single GOP vote -- yesterday is not as forward thinking as it appears, despite what Nancy Pelosi said in a news conference."This is a bill about the future," Pelosi said. "It is a bill that...

Posted January 30, 2009    

Pew Research Says "It's Still the Economy, Stupid"

The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press released a report yesterday stating that the economy was the number one policy priority according to Americans they surveyed.As Barack Obama takes office, the public’s focus is overwhelmingly on...

Posted January 23, 2009    

On Al Gore, Crises, and Sustainability

Image by World Economic Forum via Flickr"Short-term thinking has led to the climate crisis, just as it has led to the financial crisis," Al Gore told the group of us gathered at PNC Bank in Center City Philadelphia this afternoon. "Our financial...

Posted January 14, 2009    

If You Can Afford It, New Incentives for Home Energy Efficiency

2009 brings some new incentives for homeowners to adopt energy efficiency from both state and federal sources.The Wall Street Journal reported last week on several of these, including new provisions for tax credits in solar, small wind, and biomass...

Posted January 3, 2009    

CF Partners in London to Launch Carbon Hedge Fund

Early in 2009, CF Partners of London will launch a new 50 million euro (USD$70.06 million) hedge fund designed to profit from volatility in carbon markets.The CF Carbon Fund will be one of the first dedicated carbon hedge fund products of which I'm...

Posted December 19, 2008    

Poznan Talks "Merely Adequate," According to EDF

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) reports on the Poznań climate summit:EDF officials claimed the "overall results of the Poznań talks were 'merely adequate' and called on world leaders to work harder to reach a shared agreement to stop global warming...

Posted December 16, 2008    

Poznan: De Boer Says Serious Discussions About More Talking Needed

Image via Wikipedia"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy," is an old adage to be sure. But a new twist on it might be "All talk and no action makes for a dead planet."I haven't been able to pay much attention to what's going on in Poznań,...

Posted December 5, 2008    

Present in His Absence: Obama Poses at Poznan, Not

My friends over at Red, Green and Blue report that President-elect Obama is a big presence at the Climate talks this week in Poznan, Poland, even if he's not actually there:It's the fourteenth session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN...

Posted December 2, 2008    

Review: The Green Collar Economy by Van Jones

"Our very survival will demand invention and innovation on a scale never before seen in the history of human civilization," Van Jones writes in his book The Green Collar Economy. "Only the business community has the requisite skills, experience, and...

Posted November 27, 2008    

The New New Economy: This Caulking Gun For Hire

Image via Wikipedia"Caulk, baby, caulk," exclaimed Melissa Berman, CEO of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA), as she held up a caulking gun to close today's New New Economy conference in New York.Caulking guns and energy efficiency haven't got...

Posted November 21, 2008