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Tackling Denial About The Government's Role In Technology Innovation

I recently engaged in a discussion with David Zetland, a former economics professor of mine, on the value of public investment in technology (NB: I feel authorized to re-publish his and my comments because they were originally published on his...

Posted September 23, 2011    

Business Execs Call for Major Federal Investments in Energy Innovation

 The American Energy Innovation Council (AEIC)--composed of industry titans like Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, Bank of America Chairman Chad Holliday, and leading venture capitalist John Doerr--released a follow-up to their 2010 report "A...

Posted September 15, 2011    

Energy ≠ Power

Bay Area locals may recognize this ad, which I found on BART. I thought it was hilarious, though you may not unless you share my appreciation for energy/power errors in your sense of humor.I've taken better pictures in my life. The caption reads: "...

Posted September 7, 2011    

Why Do Malthusians Ignore The Sun?

This article at the Energy Collective on "plastic trees" got me thinking about something that doesn't come up too often here at Energetics, though it should: geoengineering. From the article:The idea employs biomimicry by deploying small-scale units...

Posted August 16, 2011    

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