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If the Sun Shines on the White House, Will it Make a Difference?

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 09.06.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

Last October, Secretary of Energy Dr. Steven Chu promised that by the end of this spring, the White House would have solar panels on its rooftop as well as a solar water heater installed. Would it surprise you to learn that this has not happened yet?

Mississippi Gov. Barbour Wants His State to Be Healthy -- But Not Necessarily Yours

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

Is Gov. Barbour practicing a double standard or does he simply want to create an unhealthy environment in any state other than his own?

To Halliburton or Not to Halliburton

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

While the mere mention of Halliburton may provoke a lot of ranting, we really need to see why it's so successful. The reason is pretty simple: We're just not moving fast enough towards other sources of energy.

Is the Sun Already Setting on Domestic Solar Manufacturing?

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

Last week Evergreen Solar, America's third-largest such manufacturer, announced that it is shutting down its plant and shedding 800 local jobs in order to move its operations to China.

Fort Sumter First on the Frontlines, Again

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

Fort Sumter National Monument is taking the first shot at ushering in a new era of energy independence with plans to take the island off the electric utility grid and make it completely self-sufficient.

High-Speed Rail on Slow Track

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

Consider where we are in comparison of the rest of the world. China has just introduced the world's fastest train, averaging speeds of 217 miles per hour.

Buildings Come to Life And The Challenge of Existing Ones

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

A living building supplies its own energy needs through geothermal and photovoltaic energy and is carbon neutral.

Chrysler Still Doesn't Get It and We Get Stuck With the Bill

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

I'm not sure which is worse: using bailout money to fund the making of outdated, gas-guzzling automobiles, or to pay executives to oversee the creation of embarrassingly bad advertisements for those cars.

Who Is Funding the Funders?

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

All this talk about how the Cordoba project will be funded begs a bigger question: shouldn't we be trying to find an energy alternative to oil so that we don't have to continue to send our dollars to hostile nations and entities?

About This Year's Oil Rig Explosions...Please Wait Another 25 Years Until There is Actual Change

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

Following the oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico last week, I was asked to appear on The Alyona Show on Russia Television to discuss whether we'v...

Why Beat Up a Fish Hatchery's Solar Panels?

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

Certainly discussing the stimulus program's potential flaws is worthwhile. However, it's surprising that such an accomplished professor as Roger Meiners would rely on such reductionist and cynical hyperbole.

Think Twice Before Taking a Paper Receipt

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

When shopping, how many times do you hear the cashier ask, "Would you like a receipt"? And how many times do you take one? Well, here's some eye-ope...

A Very Mighty Wind

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

hat happens when millions of gallons of oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico, threatening environmental destruction and the loss of thousands of jobs? You'd think that a move toward renewable energy would be met with much fanfare.

Impact of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill?

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

If our energy needs in the near and mid-length future were expected to be met by renewable and more environmentally friendly sources, this oil rig explosion would make a much larger impact on these companies' share prices.

Pardon this Disaster, There's Deregulation Going On

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

Events in the Gulf will usher in a new era of regulation and energy policies. The real question is not whether these changes will take hold, but how long it will be before they're junked again.

Green is Garbage

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

In recent published reports, the University of New Hampshire has found a new way to generate energy. The university's EcoLine project, four years in t...

Renewable Energy Investment Is a Long-Term Win

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

According to a recently released report from the U.S. Energy Information Agency, nearly 50% of all energy generated in this country comes from the burning of coal.

Al Gore Doubles His Carbon Footprint

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

In deciding to divorce, the Gores have doubled their carbon footprint by creating the need for two residences. Though they have purchased carbon offsets for their property, that's like buying oneself out of conscription during the Civil War.

Dear Senator Gillibrand, Thank You

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jonathan A. Schein

I don't expect a response from Senator Gillibrand every time I write to her office.

Los Angeles Ranks First in Energy-Efficient Office Buildings

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

Last week the EPA released its second annual list of the top twenty-five cities with the most Energy Star-rated buildings. And for the second year in a row, Los Angeles headed the list.

How Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Lost My Vote

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jonathan A. Schein

I'm not sure that I can pull the lever for a senator who hires staffers that don't even know how to write a proper sentence.

Reduce Reuse ReRomney?

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

Last week the Wall Street Journal reported that the childhood home of erstwhile presidential candidate Mitt Romney is going to be torn down under a ne...

Google vs Green Google: Is There a Conflict?

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

In today's highly competitive media environment, will an information services company be willing to publish or feature its own negative news?

Fracking in New York's Marcellus Shale; An Open Forum

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jonathan A. Schein

This week I had the opportunity to moderate and co-produce a panel with the SUNY New Paltz Environmental Task Force, "The Future of Gas Drilling in New York State."

F.O.R.D: Found on Road Delightfully

Jonathan A. Schein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jonathan A. Schein

Ford Motor Company has been at the forefront of green automobiles for nearly a decade. This is apparent not only from its advancements in technology but also from its recent return to black ink.