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Putting a smile not just on my face: Paris accords go into effect

November 4th, 2016 · 5 Comments

The Paris Accords are not a magical solution to the world’s ills. As a static document, what was signed will not solve climate change, will not prevent many degrees Celsius of warming.  They do, however, bring to the table every key nation with agreed-on commitments for action and, even more importantly, have a built ‘ratcheting […]

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Tags: Energy

SWEDISH FISH GOING EXTINCT: Energy Smart @SenJeffMerkley w/fundraising email of year (for #climate champions)

October 31st, 2016 · No Comments

For the past decade, Energy Smart Jeff Merkley has been one of the steadiest and most thoughtful voices on climate change. Not surprising that what might be the best Halloween fundraising email, certainly the most climate-oriented one, came from him as he warns us that “Swedish Fish [are] going extinct …” From: Senator Jeff Merkley […]

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Tags: Energy

Ashamnu: we have transgressed on climate change

October 12th, 2016 · No Comments

Yom Kippur … the Day of Atonement. After the period of reflection and engagement with others between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, this is a moment to turn to internal considerations and the relationship between the individual and G-d. As part of the prayers for the Day of Atonement, the Vidui, the Al Cheyt or […]

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Tags: 2016 Presidential Election · Energy

330M gallons or 1% of its fuel use: does a headline make a difference?

September 25th, 2016 · No Comments

In my twitter feed: JetBlue to Buy 330 Million Gallons of Renewable Jet Fuel Over 10 Years – https://t.co/VfHSPSB23o — Julie Urlaub (@TaigaCompany) September 25, 2016 Wow, now this got me to click over to look at this Environmental Leader article discussing JetBlue’s ‘renewable fuel project’. Perhaps in an effort to emphasize Jet Blue as […]

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Tags: Energy

Heroes among us

September 20th, 2016 · No Comments

Once in awhile the world reminds us that the person next to us is, simply, far more amazing than what we realized or understood. Over the past decade or so, I had the opportunity to occasionally (probably not close to even once a year) chat with a man (semi-)prominent in the clean-energy organizational space.  Chairman […]

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Tags: Energy

Boiling India: some quick perspectives

May 19th, 2016 · 1 Comment

Areas of the South continent are burning up. All hell broke loose in India, as mercury in Phalodi, Rajasthan shattered all the temperature records on Thursday. The desert town recorded maximum temperature of 51°C, which is the highest day maximum ever recorded in the country. 51 degrees celsius.  For those metric-challenged Americans, let’s put that […]

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Tags: Energy

Tweet storming @AlGore’s talk to @ARPAE’s #ARPA16

March 1st, 2016 · 1 Comment

As a respite from watching Republican Party debates and campaigning, I am spending three days at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Energy Innovation Summit. In stark contrast to those @GOP science-denial soundbites, this Super Tuesday morning, Al Gore spent an hour on stage being interviewed by Steve Clemons from The Atlantic.  There are a […]

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Tags: Energy

@ARPAE Summit: Executives asked “Either/Or” Deployment/#Innovation, respond “Both”

March 1st, 2016 · No Comments

At the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Energy Innovation Summit, Katie Fehrenbacher asked two CEOs (Michael J. Graff, American Air Liquide Holdings; Wayne T. Smith, BASF) their thoughts as to Bill Gates’ call for an “Energy Miracle” to address climate change.   To paraphrase, her question: Bill Gates has called for an “energy miracle”, for focusing on creating […]

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Tags: Energy

America’s K-12 science teachers tripping up on gateway to climate-science knowledge

February 19th, 2016 · No Comments

Up front, the expert scientific community is near unanimous: climate change is occurring and human action is driving this change.  Simple truth: “Over 97 percent of climate scientists have independently concluded that human-caused global warming is happening.” As three leading science communication experts put in a US News & World Report OPED, In the history of […]

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Tags: Energy

Renewable/Efficiency/Storage Progress so fast even ‘innovators’ find it hard to keep up …

February 17th, 2016 · No Comments

We are seeing extraordinary shifts across virtually every technology arena even though, especially in areas of large-fixed infrastructure (buildings, energy systems, etc …), it can sometimes be hard to see the change. Whether solar pv or wind pricing, the ability to squeeze out efficiency in systems (buildings, vehicles, machines, etc …), or battery capacity per […]

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Tags: electric vehicles · Energy