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Alison Van Diggelen

Newsom Explains Carbon Tax for Dummies

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 09.17.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

Gavin Newsom<, Lt. Governor of California and new father, explains why the U.S. needs a national carbon tax. Newsom shared his views on climate change, oil companies and his dream of being Governor of California one day.

Ex-Energy Secretary Steven Chu Has Message for Climate Deniers and Cooking Tips

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 09.09.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

In this Fresh Dialogues interview, former Energy Secretary Steven Chu shares his reaction to Obama's major speech on climate change.

Tom Friedman: Five Ways To Thrive In A Hyperconnected World

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 08.26.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

Fresh Dialogues attended the New York Times Global Forum last week, where Tom Friedman assembled some of his favorite columnists, colleagues and CEOs to share their wit and wisdom about the brave new world of hyperconnectivity.

What Does Sheryl Sandberg Want? Just 5 Things

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 08.10.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

What does Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg really want? Fresh Dialogues explores Sandberg's top 5 wish list on this special day, 50 years after President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act.

The Amazing Race for Clean Energy - A Big Idea From Jennifer Granholm

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 07.07.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

Let's face it, President Obama is struggling to get anything through Congress right now, never mind a national energy policy, so Granholm plans to create policy... from the bottom up.

What's Biggest Exhibit at New SF Exploratorium?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 06.10.2013 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

Some argue it's the entire Exploratorium structure itself, an audacious experiment in green building that aims to create the world's largest "net-zero" energy museum.

Elon Musk: His Story in His Own Words (Video)

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 04.07.2013 | Technology
Alison van Diggelen

For the first time, entrepreneur Elon Musk shared his whole life story in front of a live audience in Silicon Valley. He joined me in conversation at the Computer History Museum on January 22 and we explored: What makes a Revolutionary?

Bill Clinton Praises His New Climate Change Hero

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 02.10.2013 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

You may recall Dr. Muller, the self-described "former skeptic" who emphasized the fallibility of research on global warming. Last summer, after thorough research with the Berkeley Earth project, he announced his dramatic conversion. He agreed to answer a few Fresh Dialogues questions.

Meryl Streep Shares Her Green Inspiration

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 01.18.2013 | Celebrity
Alison van Diggelen

This week, Meryl Streep shared the inspiration for her green activism with Fresh Dialogues and also shared some of her wicked sense of humor in this tribute to green design guru Bill McDonough.

Prius Drivers Test Tesla Model S: Apple iPad on Wheels?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 11.14.2012 | Technology
Alison van Diggelen

Performance is the word: the acceleration felt like a rocket. It's quite formidable, especially for Toyota Prius drivers. Overall, it's an impressive piece of technology: sleek, stylish and powerful, just like an iPad. But there are two things we'd change.

Can California Afford High Speed Rail? Jerry Brown Still Bullish, Likens it to Cathedral Building

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 06.28.2012 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

Governor Jerry Brown responded to questions from Fresh Dialogues about high speed rail and electric vehicles. Can California afford to spend a penny on high speed rail?

Tom Brokaw: Climate Change Is Real

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 01.28.2012 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

Days before the Global Climate Talks in Durban, South Africa, NBC's Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw delivered a strong message in Silicon Valley for climate skeptics.

Solyndra: A Venture Capitalist's View

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 01.18.2012 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

Andrew Chung shares his views on the Post Solyndra Era. Will the failure of Solyndra have a significant impact on private sector cleantech investment? How does Chung respond to critics who say that cleantech investment is a disaster?

Google's Green Spending Spree: How It Chooses

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 01.15.2012 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

Despite the economy, despite Solyndra, Google is on a green spending spree. Fresh Dialogues talks to Google representatives about how the company chooses its investments.

Jeff Skoll, Billionaire Philanthropist, Shares His Green Vision

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 12.21.2011 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

In an exclusive Fresh Dialogues interview, Jeff Skoll talked about the role of the tech community in making the world more sustainable.

Game Changers in Silicon Valley: Calls for Public Uprising

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 11.22.2011 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

"You have no idea how much more you should be frustrated!" Gavin Newsom, California's lieutenant governor, was on fire. Newsom appeared at the Game Changers Conference in Silicon Valley September 13.

How Green Is Google? An Insider's View

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 10.30.2011 | San Francisco
Alison van Diggelen

How is Google greening its rapidly growing army of Googlers, on and off campus? Biodiesel buses, Google bikes... But pogo sticks -- really?

Is Green Policy Bad For Jobs?

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

As the race for Governor heats up in California, one of the divisive issues is bright green. Meg Whitman and Steve Poizner both say that they'd suspend the greenhouse gas emissions legislation.