The Energy Collective - The world's best thinkers on energy & climate http://theenergycollective.com/rss/all/greenskeptic en Top 10 Reasons You Won't See Me at the People's Climate March http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/553456/top-10-reasons-you-wont-see-me-peoples-climate-march The largest ever march calling for action on climate change precedes yet another UN summit on climate change that will result in a lot of hot air and empty promises, grand-standing, and long-winded proclamations and &quot;commitments&quot; that will never be fulfilled.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/553456/top-10-reasons-you-wont-see-me-peoples-climate-march" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/553456/top-10-reasons-you-wont-see-me-peoples-climate-march#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Communications and Messaging Sustainability Climate Coal Environmental Policy Oil Public Health Environment Finance Renewables Risk Management Energy Energy and Economy Fuels activism climate change action people's climate march skepticism Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:00:00 +0000 greenskeptic 553456 at http://theenergycollective.com My Top 5 Reasons Cleantech Is Alive and Well http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/433171/my-top-5-reasons-cleantech-alive-and-well Cleantech isn&#039;t dead. Cleantech hasn&#039;t crashed, cleantech hasn&#039;t lost its value, and cleantech has only grown more important and necessary. Cleantech is, in fact, alive and well. So here in this post are my top five reasons cleantech is alive and well.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/433171/my-top-5-reasons-cleantech-alive-and-well" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/433171/my-top-5-reasons-cleantech-alive-and-well#comments Electricity Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Storage Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Cleantech Green Business Green Jobs Renewables Risk Management Electricity Grid Energy Energy and Economy Fuels cleantech investment future energy planning Nest tesla motors Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:18:49 +0000 greenskeptic 433171 at http://theenergycollective.com Can Crowdfunding Help Cleantech Ride the Big Data Wave? http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/330391/can-crowdfunding-help-cleantech-ride-big-data-wave &quot;Big data is a coming wave of &#039;green gold,&#039;&quot; says Nick Eisenberger of Pure Energy Partners.&quot;Information technology will actually be the most powerful tool to address resource challenges in our lifetime.&quot; The innovation is out there.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/330391/can-crowdfunding-help-cleantech-ride-big-data-wave" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/330391/can-crowdfunding-help-cleantech-ride-big-data-wave#comments Energy Security Tech Communications and Messaging Sustainability Utilities Efficiency Environmental Policy Cleantech Energy and Economy Fuels big data crowdfunding Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 greenskeptic 330391 at http://theenergycollective.com Know Your Audience (and Its Bite Size), Say Corporate VCs to Cleantech Entrepreneurs http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/305946/know-your-audience-and-its-bite-size-say-corporate-vcs-cleantech-entrepreneurs Corporate VCs are a little less risk averse than traditional VCs, in part because such companies are full of engineers who can scrutinize before an investment is made, but there seemed to be consensus that if the technology enables an existing technology perform better, it&#039;s going to be worth it.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/305946/know-your-audience-and-its-bite-size-say-corporate-vcs-cleantech-entrepreneurs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/305946/know-your-audience-and-its-bite-size-say-corporate-vcs-cleantech-entrepreneurs#comments Tech Communications and Messaging Efficiency Cleantech Green Business Green Jobs Finance Energy and Economy best practices cleantech investment venture capital Thu, 21 Nov 2013 17:00:00 +0000 greenskeptic 305946 at http://theenergycollective.com Book Review: 'Environmental Debt' by Amy Larkin http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/257111/review-environmental-debt-amy-larkin There have been a number of books about business and the environment over the past five years. Most follow a formula: explain the environmental issues and problems we&#039;re causing as a species, point to a few success stories, especially about good corporate citizens.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/257111/review-environmental-debt-amy-larkin" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/257111/review-environmental-debt-amy-larkin#comments Electricity Energy Security Solar Power Sustainability Climate Environmental Policy Nuclear Power Environment Wind Renewables Energy and Economy Fuels book review environment Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:00:00 +0000 greenskeptic 257111 at http://theenergycollective.com Future of Clean Energy: 3 Take-Aways from BNEF Summit 2013 http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/219321/my-three-take-aways-bnef-summit-2013 Last week was the BNEF Summit (Bloomberg New Energy Finance), the annual gathering of the clean energy faithful. Here are my three take-aways with respect to our clean energy future.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/219321/my-three-take-aways-bnef-summit-2013" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/219321/my-three-take-aways-bnef-summit-2013#comments Cleantech Green Business Environment Finance Renewables Electricity Grid Politics & Legislation clean energy economy energy policy Fri, 03 May 2013 12:00:00 +0000 greenskeptic 219321 at http://theenergycollective.com Focus on Teams, Customers, and Taking CleanTech to Market: Mid-Atlantic Energy Forum http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/214301/focus-teams-customers-and-going-market-investors-tell-mid-atlantic-energy-forum Cleantech business model innovations that can scale, focus on the customer, and disrupt their industry will win in the current market -- as long as they have a strong team and financial rigor.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/214301/focus-teams-customers-and-going-market-investors-tell-mid-atlantic-energy-forum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/214301/focus-teams-customers-and-going-market-investors-tell-mid-atlantic-energy-forum#comments Cleantech Green Business Green Jobs Finance Energy and Economy Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E) cleantech investment Fri, 19 Apr 2013 16:30:00 +0000 greenskeptic 214301 at http://theenergycollective.com Is Cleantech a Dirty Word? http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/191986/cleantech-dirty-word Over the past few years, we&#039;ve had &quot;clean energy&quot; and &quot;advanced energy&quot;; once the favored term was &quot;renewable energy&quot; and even &quot;alternative energy.&quot; And then there was the battle over &quot;cleantech&quot; or &quot;greentech.&quot;<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/191986/cleantech-dirty-word" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/191986/cleantech-dirty-word#comments Communications and Messaging Cleantech Renewables branding investment renewables Thu, 28 Feb 2013 17:30:00 +0000 greenskeptic 191986 at http://theenergycollective.com 10 Myths About Keystone XL from Both Sides http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/187896/ten-xl-sized-myths-both-sides-keystone-pipeline-debate As some 35,000 opponents to the Keystone Pipeline gathered in front of the White House yesterday trying to persuade President Obama to just say no to the pipeline, I reflected upon some of the myths about the pipeline that have been bandied about by both sides on the issue.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/187896/ten-xl-sized-myths-both-sides-keystone-pipeline-debate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/187896/ten-xl-sized-myths-both-sides-keystone-pipeline-debate#comments Sustainability Climate Oil Environment Energy and Economy News Keystone XL obama protest Tue, 19 Feb 2013 17:30:00 +0000 greenskeptic 187896 at http://theenergycollective.com Patience and Focus for Advanced Materials http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/186466/advanced-materials-patience-and-focus Breakthroughs in advance materials are happening every day. Whether catalysts and solvents improving energy generation and storage or membranes for better water filtration and air purification.<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/186466/advanced-materials-patience-and-focus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/186466/advanced-materials-patience-and-focus#comments Carbon and De-carbonization Cleantech Energy Fri, 15 Feb 2013 17:30:00 +0000 greenskeptic 186466 at http://theenergycollective.com An Email from Santa Claus to Climate Skeptics http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/164206/email-santa-claus-climate-skeptics-annual-green-skeptic-tradition A few Christmases ago, I published this email from Santa, which arrived on the night before the night before Christmas. Readers had so much fun with it, it's become an annual tradition. Enjoy!<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/164206/email-santa-claus-climate-skeptics-annual-green-skeptic-tradition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/164206/email-santa-claus-climate-skeptics-annual-green-skeptic-tradition#comments Climate Christmas climate skeptics Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:59:55 +0000 greenskeptic 164206 at http://theenergycollective.com Our Climate War: FRONTLINE's "Climate of Doubt" http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/135016/our-climate-war-frontlines-climate-doubt We're in the midst of an uncivil "Climate War" that pits Climate of Fear vs. Climate of Doubt. <p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/135016/our-climate-war-frontlines-climate-doubt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/135016/our-climate-war-frontlines-climate-doubt#comments Climate Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:27:20 +0000 greenskeptic 135016 at http://theenergycollective.com A123 Runs Out of Juice http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/131671/a123-runs-out-juice <p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/131671/a123-runs-out-juice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/131671/a123-runs-out-juice#comments Storage Cleantech a123 systems Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:00:01 +0000 greenskeptic 131671 at http://theenergycollective.com Cleantech Investors: Consider the Hype Cycle http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/102346/man-lifeboats-and-consider-hype-cycle I had an email exchange the other day with my friend John Moore of Acorn Energy, a long-time energy entrepreneur and investor who wrote to me, almost as an afterthought, "FWIW,&nbsp;I am seeing interest in cleantech crumble with the Indexes." "I'm beginning to think that cleantech may have to wait until my kids' generation takes over," I responded.&nbsp;<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/102346/man-lifeboats-and-consider-hype-cycle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/102346/man-lifeboats-and-consider-hype-cycle#comments Cleantech Finance Mon, 13 Aug 2012 12:40:49 +0000 greenskeptic 102346 at http://theenergycollective.com Is the Sky Falling for Cleantech Investment? http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/95621/sky-falling-cleantech-investment &nbsp;<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/95621/sky-falling-cleantech-investment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/95621/sky-falling-cleantech-investment#comments Cleantech Finance Subsidies Mon, 23 Jul 2012 13:53:43 +0000 greenskeptic 95621 at http://theenergycollective.com Baby You Can Drive My (Electric) Car http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/84661/baby-you-can-drive-my-electric-car-evs26 Electric vehicles have come a long way since the days for the botched EV-1 experiment of the 1990s. <p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/84661/baby-you-can-drive-my-electric-car-evs26" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/84661/baby-you-can-drive-my-electric-car-evs26#comments Electricity Transportation chevrolet volt electric cars nissan leaf toyota prius Fri, 11 May 2012 11:24:17 +0000 greenskeptic 84661 at http://theenergycollective.com Contrarian Investors Take Stage at Mid-Atlantic Cleantech Investment Forum http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/82449/contrarian-investors-take-stage-mid-atlantic-cleantech-investment-forum &nbsp;"Energy&nbsp;efficiency&nbsp;is the cleaner energy option that pays for itself," suggested Mark Fulton to the large crowd gathered for the Mid-Atlantic Cleantech Investment Forum last Thursday evening. "It applies already existing technologies at scale with no government funding and a payback of 2-4 years."&nbsp;<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/82449/contrarian-investors-take-stage-mid-atlantic-cleantech-investment-forum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/82449/contrarian-investors-take-stage-mid-atlantic-cleantech-investment-forum#comments Cleantech Green Business Green Jobs Finance cleantech alliance mid-atlantic Tue, 17 Apr 2012 14:24:45 +0000 greenskeptic 82449 at http://theenergycollective.com What We Talk About When We Talk About Protecting and Saving http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/73954/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-protecting-and-saving Everything we think about saving or protecting ecosystems and habitats is wrong. This week, I&#039;m at the Aspen Environment Forum, where tomorrow morning I&#039;ll be on a Panel called &quot;Nature&#039;s Place: Saving Ecosystems and Habitats.&quot;<p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/73954/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-protecting-and-saving" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/73954/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-protecting-and-saving#comments Environmental Policy aspen environment forum nature conservancy Thu, 12 Jan 2012 00:15:05 +0000 greenskeptic 73954 at http://theenergycollective.com Wind Industry Just Hot Air? The Green Skeptic on FOX Business http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/72981/wind-industry-just-hot-air-green-skeptic-fox-business On Tuesday I sat down with Stuart Varney &amp; Company on FOX Business to talk about wind power and the relative merits of distributed generation versus big wind farms, including the need for transmission and grid infrastructure improvements to make big wind viable. Here's the video: <p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/72981/wind-industry-just-hot-air-green-skeptic-fox-business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/72981/wind-industry-just-hot-air-green-skeptic-fox-business#comments Wind Fox infrastructure transmission wind Thu, 29 Dec 2011 02:46:52 +0000 greenskeptic 72981 at http://theenergycollective.com An Email from Santa to Climate Skeptics: An Annual Green SkepticTradition http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/73100/email-santa-climate-skeptics-annual-green-skeptic-tradition A few Christmases ago, I published this email from Santa, which arrived on the night before the night before Christmas. Readers had so much fun with it, it's become an annual tradition. Enjoy! And have a Happy Holiday. Scott, aka The Green Skeptic _______________________ <p><a href="http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/73100/email-santa-climate-skeptics-annual-green-skeptic-tradition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://theenergycollective.com/greenskeptic/73100/email-santa-climate-skeptics-annual-green-skeptic-tradition#comments Climate Christmas climate skeptics Santa Tue, 27 Dec 2011 11:50:14 +0000 greenskeptic 73100 at http://theenergycollective.com