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It's Not All Good: Why You Should Worry About the Clean Energy Race

In his State of the Union Speech, President Obama issued what is now a familiar refrain: "the nation that leads the clean energy economy will be the nation that leads the global economy." If there were still doubts about which nation has the edge...

Posted February 12, 2010    

Friday Energy Facts: Clean Energy R&D Top Policy Response Finds Yale Poll

At long last, here's your Friday Factoid for the week:Yale just released the latest iteration of their "Climate Change and the American Mind" tracking polls. Once again (this has been a consistent finding), the poll shows funding for more research...

Posted February 5, 2010    

San Jose Mercury Special Series: "The Cleantech Revolution"

By Ishan Nath Cross-posted from LeadEnergy.org A special three-part series in last week's San Jose Mercury News, entitled "The Cleantech Revolution," highlighted the enormous economic opportunity in the clean-tech sector and warned that the U.S. is...

Posted February 4, 2010    

Australian Climate Politics: Time Labor Adopted a New Approach?

Published by On Line Opinion, Australia's leading e-journal of social and political debate. By Leigh Ewbank, Breakthrough Fellow Recently, the Australian Greens challenged the Rudd Government to "break the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS)...

Posted February 2, 2010    

A Critical Moment for Energy Leadership

Originally published by The Stanford Daily One of the most powerful moments during last week's State of the Union came when President Obama warned that while Washington stalls, other nations are moving quickly to dominate the global clean-energy...

Posted February 1, 2010    

Jenkins on ABC: U.S. Needs a National Strategy to Win the Clean Energy Race

Jesse Jenkins joined ABC's Diane Sawyer on "The Conversation" via Skype today, to discuss clean technology competitiveness in the United States. In the interview, Jenkins emphasized the findings of the Breakthrough Institute/ITIF report, "Rising...

Posted February 1, 2010    

Clean Tech Execs Champion Innovative Clean Energy Deployment Administration

By Jesse Jenkins, Devon Swezey, and Yael Borofsky A new Clean Energy Deployment Administration (CEDA) is critical to "position the U.S. as the global leader in the development and deployment of clean energy technologies for years to come," according...

Posted January 27, 2010    

Wyden to Chu: Clean Tech Competitiveness Is the "Challenge of Our Time...Not Clear What the Strategy Is"

U.S. clean tech manufacturers are losing global market share to their international competitors. What is the federal government going to do about it? That was the question posed last week to Energy Secretary Steven Chu as he testified before the...

Posted January 25, 2010    

Chu Fights Back -- R&D Push Gets Support from Bingaman and Gates

By Michael Shellenberger and Ted Nordhaus Neinstein: Senator Diane Feinstein is the latest senior Democratic Senator to politely but increasingly loudly say, cap and trade "isn't going to go ahead at this time." After receiving no help from the...

Posted January 22, 2010    

Gates says, "Innovate!"

Yesterday, Bill Gates, yes, the Bill Gates, voiced his support of clean energy innovation as the path forward if the United States aims to transition to a clean energy economy and meet "the 80% goal by 2050." In the piece, "Why We Need Innovation,...

Posted January 21, 2010    

What Comes After Cap and Trade?

Republican Scott Brown's upset victory over Democratic incumbent Martha Coakley for the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat spells the almost certain demise of cap and trade in the Senate. Yesterday, with eyes fixed on the Brown vs. Coakley race Sen....

Posted January 20, 2010    

Asia Challenges U.S. Innovation Leadership, New Report Shows

Originally published at LeadEnergy A major report released last week by the National Science Board concludes that U.S. global leadership in science and technology is declining as foreign nations - especially China and other Asian countries -...

Posted January 18, 2010