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Uncertainty: one nail in #coal’s coffin

March 8th, 2017 · Comments Off on Uncertainty: one nail in #coal’s coffin

Mark Sumner, someone who made his career in the coal mining industry, has penned (keystroked?) a thoughtful “Open letter to America’s Coal Miners & America“. This very respectful missive lays out the powerful ‘team’ reliance reality of coal-mining, highlights that coal powered America (and the globe) for a century, and lays out that any attack […]

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Tags: business practice · coal

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics re #Climate financing in @WashTimes

August 12th, 2015 · Comments Off on Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics re #Climate financing in @WashTimes

When it comes to the use (and, more appropriately, misuse) of analysis, perhaps the most powerful phrase is “There are three kinds of lies: Lies, damn lies, and statistics“. a phrase describing the persuasive power of numbers, particularly the use of statistics to bolster weak arguments Today’s Washington Times provides an excellent example of this (ab)use of […]

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Tags: business practice · climate change · global warming deniers · journalism · media

A challenge of Olympic proportions …

July 26th, 2012 · Comments Off on A challenge of Olympic proportions …

The opening ceremony is hours away and sporting events have begun for the 2012 summer Olympics in London. Besides a life-long joy at exposure to new sport, great sports feats, and the basic global harmony concept of the Olympic games, the London games caught my attention for the organizers’ plans to make it totally green. […]

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Tags: business practice · carbon offsets · Energy · Global Warming · green · greenwashing

UMW: a messaging path to a clean-energy future?

June 29th, 2011 · 7 Comments

When it comes to discussing the value and power of a clean-energy future, in a way that touches core values and life-experiences of a good share of Americans, perhaps it is time to think and speak UMW.  No … not the United Mine Workers.  Instead,  when we think UMW and energy, we should turn to […]

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Tags: business practice · Energy · energy efficiency · political symbols

Home energy efficiency: no surprise, very fast paybacks to be expected

November 23rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

Very simply, across the economy, energy efficiency is almost certainly the top investment option — as individuals, businesses, communities, government … The rate of return possibilities are tremendous and unlike gambles to grow business or play the stock market, this is ‘guaranteed’ cash in the bank. And, it is ‘cash in the bank’ in terms […]

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Tags: architecture · business practice · Energy · energy efficiency

Power of Efficient Lighting … notes from an energy ‘geek’-aholic

October 18th, 2010 · Comments Off on Power of Efficient Lighting … notes from an energy ‘geek’-aholic

Like many people, I can happily spend time playing with my kids, have coached sports teams for years, can tune out with a foolish comedy, happily read fiction, can become entranced with a recipe, thrilled at an outdoor experience … e.g., there is much to life outside the study of energy and climate issues. Truly, […]

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Tags: business practice · Energy · lighting

Energy COOL: Direct Wafer

August 3rd, 2010 · Comments Off on Energy COOL: Direct Wafer

Since diving into the deep end when it comes to energy issues, almost every day sees new fascinating concepts, approaches, and technologies. Fascinating … exciting … even hope inspiring at times. And, as well, as the passion builds, so many of these are truly Energy COOL. The concept of Silver Bullet solutions concerns me and […]

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Tags: business practice · department of energy · Energy · energy cool · solar · Solar Energy

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Bond Programs

April 9th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Developing a lower total ownership cost (TOC) can often require paying a bit more money upfront. When it comes to energy efficiency and renewable energy (EE/RE), that upfront incremental cost is too frequently a barrier to achieving that more cost effective longer term solution. A bond program targeted specifically for EE/RE in government facilities can […]

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Tags: business practice · Energize America · Energy · energy efficiency · environmental

An entrepreneur reports from the “Green Olympics”

February 24th, 2010 · Comments Off on An entrepreneur reports from the “Green Olympics”

Jack Hidary, one of the more innovative green entrepreneurs, is at the Vancouver Olympics evidently enjoying himself at events (evidently speed skating) but, more importantly, engaging with world leaders (political, cultural, private sector) to foster engagement toward more sustainable practices. Find more videos like this on Planet Forward In this video, Hidary discusses Vancouver’s Green […]

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Tags: business practice · environmental · green

Science blows the top off mountaintop removal mining

January 8th, 2010 · 4 Comments

This cross-post from DWG provides an excellent perspective on the heavily peer-reviewed study, just published in Science magazine, that provides strong material about the serious health (environmental and human) implications of Mountain Top Removal (MTR).  For links to numerous other discussions, see here. The rapacious polluters in the coal industry are celebrating. The approval of […]

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Tags: business practice · coal · Energy · environmental · government energy policy · pollution