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People Want Energy Efficiency; It’s Time to Show Them the Way

March 28, 2013
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People Want Energy Efficiency; It’s Time to Show Them the Way

A funny thing happens when people know I write about green technology. They get ideas—and great conversations result. Fact is, people are interested in energy efficiency. You don’t have to “green,” or “liberal,” or geeky or techie or anything else to want to save energy.

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Should Initiatives to Spur Energy Efficiency be Public or Private?

February 28, 2013
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Should Initiatives to Spur Energy Efficiency be Public or Private?

As covered in a previous post, there appears to be strong bipartisan support for energy efficiency in Congress, but how programs that encourage energy efficiency will be implemented remains to be seen. The House Energy and Power Subcommittee of the Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing Tuesday on “American Energy Security and Innovation:...

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Is Congress Jumping on Energy Efficiency?

February 27, 2013
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Is Congress Jumping on Energy Efficiency?

It could be a very good sign for energy efficiency and green tech advocates that so early in a new U.S. Congress, the House of Representatives has already held a hearing on energy efficiency technologies. The House Energy and Power Subcommittee of the Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing Tuesday on “American Energy...

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Where Water Meets Energy

February 20, 2013
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Where Water Meets Energy

Energy is needed to transport, treat, heat, cool, and recycle water and, conversely, water is needed in energy extraction, production, and processing. As a result, saving water saves energy and saving energy saves water. This overlap between energy and water has come to be known as the “energy-water nexus.”

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Obama Proposes Big Goal for Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Homes

February 13, 2013
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Obama Proposes Big Goal for Energy Efficiency in Buildings and Homes

President Obama made the case for clean technology and energy efficiency in his State of the Union address Tuesday—and more importantly linked the development of energy efficiency to economic growth, issuing a “new goal to America” to cut the energy wasted in our homes and business by half in the next 20 years. That...

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Turn Your Good Green Tech Plans into Great Business Plans

January 23, 2013
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Turn Your Good Green Tech Plans into Great Business Plans

It’s already a few weeks into 2013, and you’re no doubt looking to implement your green tech plans for your business, whether that means selling green tech and energy efficiency systems or services, or enabling them – in homes and businesses. People and businesses are seeking greater sustainability, and want more information to help...

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An Inaugural for Energy Efficiency? This Time It’s Different

January 22, 2013
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An Inaugural for Energy Efficiency? This Time It’s Different

In his second inaugural address, U.S. President Barack Obama pledged action against climate charge, which could bode well for green tech, clean tech and energy efficiency. Yeah, I know. We’ve heard that before. In the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama promised to stop the oceans from rising, then couldn’t get the slightest rise out of...

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Now, What About the Climate Cliff?

January 2, 2013
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Now, What About the Climate Cliff?

Now that the so-called fiscal cliff “crisis” has been diverted, how about addressing a real crisis, like our Climate Cliff? The fiscal cliff actually has a lot in common with a climate cliff, especially in what is at the root of a “shambolic” problem. And therein lies immense opportunity.

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The Energy Export to Cheer About

December 19, 2012
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The Energy Export to Cheer About

The United States could be the world leader in fossil fuel production and become a leading exporter of oil and gas by 2020. But the energy we should be exporting has nothing to do with oil or gas. It's not all solar and renewables, either. Yet it could help us prosper for decades.

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The Green Tech Lessons of Abraham Lincoln

November 26, 2012
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The Green Tech Lessons of Abraham Lincoln

Anyone interested in selling green technologies and effecting energy-efficient change should see Steven Spielberg’s new movie, Lincoln. See it to study the influential technique of not only our greatest president, but perhaps our greatest politician. And learn why “Now! Now! Now!” is the answer.

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