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Surprising Findings in China

Judah Freed | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
Judah Freed

Steve Hoffman at Founders Space recently returned from a "marathon business trip" to China. He returned with some unexpected findings that defy many of our staid stereotypes in the West. With Steve's permission, I am quoting his findings below.

The Secret Network of Fossil Fuel and Utility Backed Groups Working to Stop Clean Energy

Gabe Elsner | Posted 07.28.2015 | Green
Gabe Elsner

While some fossil fuel companies claim they support renewable energy, actions behind the scenes tell a different story. Many are backing front groups to create barriers for the deployment of renewables. These front groups serve as a critical component, adding a supposed "independent" voice to state energy policy debates.

The Birth of the Cold Economy

Toby Peters | Posted 06.30.2015 | Technology
Toby Peters

Cold underpins our modern lifestyles, and as demographics shift, the demand for cold is booming worldwide. This represents a huge, untapped opportunity for renewables.

How the Sharing and Collaborative Economy Is impacting the Energy Sector

Jeremiah Owyang | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Jeremiah Owyang

What's the Collaborative Economy? An economic model where technologies enable people to get what they need from each other --rather than from centralized institutions. This has impacted cars, hotels, banks, retailers, manufactures, and more.

Green Wall Street Gets Down and Dirty

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 06.06.2015 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

The Green Wall Street Summit happened this past week as it has every year since 2002. It was an amazing gathering of thinkers, entrepreneurs, innovators, and general investors who want to see Wall Street become a source of restoration for the whole planet and not just wealth for the few.

Chicago Rallies Around Cleantech Women in the Shark Tank

Amy Francetic | Posted 04.28.2015 | Impact
Amy Francetic

I recently had the great honor of celebrating the success of LuminAID, a Chicago-based cleantech company that produces solar-powered inflatable lights...

Foreign Climate: Why European Right-Wingers Should Be Tree Huggers

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 07.21.2014 | Politics
Jens Martin Skibsted

Although the European right wing parties have varied programs they all have at least two points in common. They are not really concerned with global warming, but rather focus their political efforts on xenophobic concerns.

Climate Change Response: How to Keep Cleantech Fire Burning

Alison van Diggelen | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Alison van Diggelen

With climate change now officially a real and present danger, attention is turning back to the promise of clean energy and cleantech.

Women and Cleantech: Glass Ceiling Not Yet Broken

Loukia Papadopoulos | Posted 04.09.2014 | Women
Loukia Papadopoulos

There is an ever growing awareness for the need of a shift to clean energy and it is very likely the industry will see more and more positions to be filled in the next decade, opening new opportunities for women.

Did '60 Minutes' Drop The Ball Again?

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

A recent "60 Minutes" segment is drawing sharp criticism for its pessimistic take on the green technology sector, which questioned whether clean tech ...

How Competition and Prize Capital Will Save the World

Donn Tice | Posted 08.10.2013 | Impact
Donn Tice

In the wake of government stimulus in response to the Great Recession, many of us working in cleantech and energy efficiency have wondered: what is th...

Guiding Us Through the Alphabet Soup of Stuff That Matters to Clean Energy

Mike Casey | Posted 08.07.2013 | Green
Mike Casey

The PTC, ITC and MLPs are highly valuable, and should be part of the mix of policies encouraging renewable energy in the United States. It's also crucially important that we provide a fair, consistent policy basis for clean energy development in the United States.

Cleantech Investing: We Are Just Getting Started

Nancy Pfund | Posted 07.24.2013 | Business
Nancy Pfund

Co-authored by Noah Walker, Joint MBA/MEM Candidate at Yale University Americans are voting with their stock portfolios like never before. And they a...

Belief In Peak Oil Logically Implies Failure Of Alternative Energy

Bill Frezza | Posted 04.27.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

Next time you hear a Peak Oil alarmist prophesying doom, calm him down by pointing out that if natural energy resources were to ever run dry, we would already be living in an alternative solar-windmill-algae cheap energy nirvana.

The Missing Link in the State of the Union Address

Joan Michelson | Posted 04.20.2013 | Business
Joan Michelson

I applaud President Obama's support for women to "live their lives free from discrimination in the workplace..." and for the Equal Pay Act. But we need to go way beyond being "free from discrimination."

Drop in Oil Consumption Signals Power of Free Market

Carol Pierson Holding | Posted 04.08.2013 | Green
Carol Pierson Holding

The large bulk of oil consumption is from transportation, and as laid out in painful detail on SmartPlanet, the drop is not due to greater vehicle efficiency. So what is driving this drop?

How Crony Capitalist Shamelessly Dupe Progressive Planners

Bill Frezza | Posted 03.16.2013 | Business
Bill Frezza

There it was in the recent Fiscal Cliff deal -- more tax breaks for windmills, electric cars, biodiesel, algae (algae?!), and of course 14 different flavors of ethanol. How many failures will it take before progressives wake up to the fact that they are being sold a bill of goods?

Could Visualizing Greenhouse-Gas Emissions Help Combat Climate Change?

Laura DiMugno | Posted 10.16.2012 | Green
Laura DiMugno

One of the first steps in tackling climate change is to curb greenhouse-gas emissions. The trouble is, both the public and policymakers have been slow to act on a problem they cannot physically see.

Creator of 'Texts From Hillary' Explains the Anatomy of Buzz

Mike Casey | Posted 10.28.2012 | Media
Mike Casey

The topic for this post is "buzz" -- what is it, how to create it -- from the creative force behind the viral phenomenon, "Texts from Hillary."

These Students Remind Us What We Can Do -- and Rio+20 Reminds Us What We Must Do

Joan Michelson | Posted 08.18.2012 | Green
Joan Michelson

While the environmentalists and the Olympic planners in London argue over which shade of green is more valuable -- environmental green or greenbacks, ...

Why Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Cares About Your Sewage

Eddie Fernandez | Posted 08.13.2012 | Green
Eddie Fernandez

Ostara has managed to successfully turn a burdened waste into a resource that is both sustainable and profitable -- an ideal type of innovation that this world could use some more of.

The Country Most Dedicated To Cleantech

Posted 06.11.2012 | Green

A new report from the World Wildlife Fund shows that China continues to lead the world in clean energy technology manufacturing (cleantech). Denmark t...

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?

The Climate Post: After Tar Sands Pipeline Decision Delayed, Other Routes Sought

Mason Inman | Posted 01.18.2012 | Green
Mason Inman

The Obama administration delayed deciding whether to approve the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. In response, TransCanada Corp. has proposed a different route through Nebraska.

Global Entrepreneurship Week: A Smarter World By Startups

Jonathan Ortmans | Posted 01.14.2012 | Small Business
Jonathan Ortmans

What Global Entrepreneurship Week is showing us is that nascent entrepreneurs are already wired to think across borders and increasingly have more in common with each other than their own cultural elders.