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CAFE Society? The Green Skeptic on FOX Business

I sat down with Stuart Varney & Company on FOX Business this morning to talk about the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards proposed by the Obama administration. My take: I think better fuel economy is a good thing. Here is the...

Posted July 28, 2011    

Clusterstuck: Are Industry Clusters Really the Holy Grail?

Image from Stinque.comLast week's report by the Brookings Institution and Battelle Technologies on the clean economy was greeted with much fanfare.  I even wrote about how it ranked the Greater Philadelphia region (where I live) number 5 in...

Posted July 20, 2011    

Review: A Sea in Flames by Carl Safina

I wanted to like Carl Safina's new book, A Sea in Flames: The Deepwater Horizon Oil Blowout.  In fact, I did like it for the first 40 pages or so. Safina is at his best in this book when reconstructing the events of the blowout itself and...

Posted July 11, 2011    

We Need More Crazy-Smart Women Leaders in Cleantech

Lucinda Bromwyn DuncalfeMy friend Lucinda Bromwyn Duncalfe always makes me think. She's "crazy-smart," as she likes to say of others.  One of the smartest people I know.  So I pay attention to what she says or what she writes about....

Posted July 7, 2011    

A Culture in Recline: Cleantech vs. Social Media

“Ultimate Game Chair”Katie Fehrenbacher had a disturbing post on GigaOm's Earth2Tech this morning: "Companies that make online games, social networks, and web coupons seem to be able to raise a lot more money in IPOs right now than companies that...

Posted July 1, 2011    

What We Need: Moderation, Innovation, and Entrepreneurial Solutions

On a late September morning I walked into the FOX Business studio in New York to sit down with host Stuart Varney and former EPA head Christine Todd Whitman. We were talking about why environmentalists seemed to be increasingly disgruntled as 2010...

Posted June 28, 2011    

Applied Materials' "Dr. Solar" Does "Ask Me Anything" Reddit Chat

Dr. Charlie Gay, Applied Materials, on his computer.To celebrate the Summer Solstice, Dr. Charlie Gay, a veteran of the solar energy space and currently Applied Materials' president of solar, participated in a "live" chat on Reddit.com. "Dr....

Posted June 23, 2011    

Wall Street's Irrational, Dangerous Hatred of Solar Stocks

Garvin Jabusch, cofounder of Green Alpha Advisors, LLC and manager of The Sierra Club Green Alpha Portfolio, has an intriguing, if disturbing post on AltEnergyStocks.com over the weekend. Disturbing for those of us who are investors in solar stocks...

Posted June 20, 2011    

Time to Sell That Ocean Front Property? New Study on Sea Level Rise

  Could Calvin Be Underwater?The rate of sea level rise along the U.S. Atlantic coast is greater now than at any time in the past 2,000 years, according to a new study published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of...

Posted June 20, 2011    

China Leads in Cleantech, But Partnership Provides US Opportunties

Chris R. BrownThere are a number of credible voices on China and cleantech on Twitter.  One you may have overlooked is Chris R. Brown (@chrisrbrown).  He writes the China Solar Energy blog.  I recently interviewed Chris for The...

Posted June 10, 2011    

Lighting, Sensors and Lumens, Oh My

From poor lighting in the Hilton's Trianon Room to the endless parade of LED products on display in the Exhibit Hall lighting was the word at Con Ed's Energy Efficiency Summit in New York on Wednesday. Mike Jackson, director of sales with VC-...

Posted June 7, 2011    

Is Green Regulation Hampering the Economy? Green Skeptic on FOX Business

This morning I sat down with Stuart Varney on FOX Business to talk about whether environmental regulations are hampering the economy.  My argument for reasonable regulations and putting the "conserve" back in conservative did not fall on deaf...

Posted June 2, 2011