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Book Review: The God Species

"We are as gods and have to get good at it." Mark Lynas quotes Stewart Brand here, using the mantra as a guiding metaphor for his new book The God Species: How the Planet Can Survive the Age of Humans. Echoing many of the chief criticisms the...

Posted August 4, 2011    

Distributed Power Is The Best Way To Relieve Energy Poverty

I just attended a presentation by Marlene Grundstrom, who works with the Stockholm Environment Institute on energy access and energy poverty.Often left out of both discussions of climate change and global development, energy poverty turns out to be...

Posted July 29, 2011    

March of the Elites: Why Grassroots Can't Save the Climate

The campaign to avert cataclysmic climate change soldiers on. Despite an aggressive global economic crisis that unequivocally stole some wind from the sails of climate action, the movement lingers, organizing marches and rallies for the coming...

Posted July 6, 2011    

Google Can See The Future

Google, whose energy initiatives and investments have always impressed me, yesterday released an energy innovation analysis that uses a model they built with McKinsey to forecast global power production mixes by different energy technologies in 2030...

Posted June 30, 2011    

The Upcoming Brawl Over Energy Subsidies

While Republicans hold the national debt increase hostage, Congress is deciding what to cut and what to gut (expansion or creation of new programs is largely off the table). Energy subsidies are already falling under the knife. Mark Muro at...

Posted June 29, 2011    

The Left-Right Climate Trap

Out of Australia, a solid and succinct evaluation of the political difficulties of climate action:People on the left instinctively believe in communal action, the role of government and the efficacy of international agencies such as the UN. They...

Posted June 9, 2011    

What Are We Missing? Day Three at WindPower 2011

 WindPower 2011 is finishing up today in Anaheim, but I had to cut loose early and get back to the Bay Area. My coverage of Sunday and Monday are available here at The Energy Collective. After being only slightly...

Posted May 26, 2011    

Jobs and Manufacturing: Day One at WindPower 2011

I'm in Anaheim, California this week covering the 11th annual WindPower conference, hosted yearly by the America Wind Energy Association (AWEA). WindPower 2011 lasts from May 22 to May 25, and I am coming off a long and didactic Day One....

Posted May 25, 2011    

Why We're Here: Day Two at AWEA Wind Power 2011

Picking up from where we left off yesterday, WindPower 2011 revved into gear early this morning in Anaheim, California. Kicking off the official start of this week's conference, the CEO of the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA),...

Posted May 25, 2011    

Notes From Bill Joy's Decarbonization Lecture

I recently had the pleasure of attending* a special reception and Regents Lecture by Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, founding partner at venture firm KPCB, and Berkeley alum. At Kleiner Perkins, Joy is in charge of greentech investment,...

Posted May 6, 2011    

Counterpoint to Heritage on DOE Cuts

Last week, I reported briefly on a policy report released recently by the Heritage Foundation calling for what I believe to be drastic and dangerous cuts to the Department of Energy. Today, my colleagues and I produced an expanded and thorough...

Posted April 27, 2011    

The more things change...

...the more they stay the same. In the year since I started this blog, we've witnessed many substantial changes, events, and progressions on the energy/climate frontier. And yet, on the whole, it seems American policy hasn't evolved much at all....

Posted April 21, 2011