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The Future of Philanthropy in a Post-Cap and Trade World

In an effort to develop a truly effective post-cap and trade climate strategy, policy is not the only aspect that requires deep reflection - philanthropists, too, must reconsider the best way to channel grants in order to successfully fund solutions...

Posted November 1, 2010    

Economic Doctrines and Climate Change

Last week, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) released an important new report that explores the ideological origins of different policy responses to climate change, and helps clarify why there has been a lack of consensus (...

Posted October 29, 2010    

After Copenhagen: From Climate Nihilism to Climate Pragmatism

In late September, Breakthrough Institute Chairman Ted Nordhaus gave the keynote address at the World Climate Solutions conference--northern Europe's biggest annual clean tech event. The conference was held in Copenhagen, Denmark in the Bella Center...

Posted October 29, 2010    

The U.N. Climate Negotiations' Last Breath

The upcoming climate negotiations may be the last under the direction of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), according to some negotiators. The mood at the run-up to the negotiations, which are set to take place in...

Posted October 12, 2010    

Valley of Death Alive and Well for Clean Tech Firms

More and more clean energy businesses are becoming trapped in the clean energy technology "Valley of Death"--the research phase after proof of concept but before commercial production--where companies often need continued funding to survive....

Posted October 11, 2010    

The Technology-First Climate Fix

This week sees the publication of Roger Pielke, Jr.'s long-awaited book, The Climate Fix, which comes at a time when other politically centrist voices are calling for a new focus on technology innovation in the wake of the failure of U.N. treaty...

Posted October 11, 2010    

Green Jobs for Janitors: How Keynesians and Neoliberals Wrecked Obama's Promise of a Clean Energy Economy

By Ted Nordhaus and Michael Shellenberger A shorter version of this article appears in the October 28, 2010 print edition of The New Republic (and online here, subscription required) In August 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama traveled to Lansing,...

Posted October 7, 2010    

Senators Push Last Ditch Effort to Spur Domestic Clean Energy Manufacturing

Just before lawmakers left Washington on Friday to focus full time on the November elections, Senators Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) introduced a package of tax incentives intended to support domestic clean energy manufacturing as...

Posted October 4, 2010    

America Must Realize It's "Cluster Moment"

As new reports confirm a stark decline in long-term U.S. economic competitiveness, the United States needs a new economic paradigm to refocus economic policy and rebuild its damaged economy. That new paradigm should focus on strengthening America's...

Posted September 29, 2010    

Why Energy Efficiency Does not Decrease Energy Consumption

One of the most curious facts about energy is that economies use more of it even as they use it more efficiently. This strikes us as strange because many of us have heard that making cars, buildings, and factories more energy efficient is the key to...

Posted September 28, 2010    

"Gathering Storm" Threatens U.S. Competitiveness

A new National Academies report released last week confirms what many concerned with U.S. economic competitiveness have warily suspected: America's competitive standing in the 21st century global economy has deteriorated markedly in the last five...

Posted September 27, 2010    

As Manufacturing Shifts Abroad, Innovation's Reward Dwindles

President Obama's recent proposal to increase and make permanent the research and development (R&D) tax credit is unlikely to substantially accelerate economic growth without greater efforts to manufacture and commercialize innovations in the...

Posted September 16, 2010