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With Obama Re-election, What Now for Green Tech and Efficiency?

November 7, 2012
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With Obama Re-election, What Now for Green Tech and Efficiency?

Environmentalists, green tech supporters and energy efficiency advocates may rejoice today at the U.S. election results, but the re-election of President Barack Obama doesn’t mean environmental policies to help spur growth in green tech will get any easier. There is reason for hope, and there are good signs that green tech, energy efficiency and...

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Storm Surge of Energy Efficiency?

November 5, 2012
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Storm Surge of Energy Efficiency?

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, we can find plenty of stories about climate change and possible solutions to storm surges and rising seas. Is that good news for those of us selling and promoting energy efficiency? Maybe. Will we see a storm surge of interest in green technologies and energy efficiency in the...

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To Be or Not to Be Like Obama on Energy

October 17, 2012
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To Be or Not to Be Like Obama on Energy

Finally, we have a lively presidential debate squabble over energy, and it’s about who can drill for more oil. Sad. President Barack Obama missed another golden opportunity to sell the American public on a clean energy economy that could bless us with economic prosperity and continued world leadership. With the proper investments, the United...

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Clean Energy or Energy Efficiency: How About Both?

September 7, 2012
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Clean Energy or Energy Efficiency: How About Both?

In his Democratic presidential nomination acceptance speech last night President Barack Obama touted the results of his energy policy, including cutting oil imports in half and promoting more renewable energies like solar and wind power. It was refreshing to hear clean energy touted in a campaign speech. Obama also actually spoke about the effects...

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Why Home Energy Management Systems are Inevitable

August 7, 2012
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Why Home Energy Management Systems are Inevitable

More and more people who know I write about green technologies approach me these days and ask very seriously about getting solar panels, going completely off the grid with solar and battery storage, and about electric vehicles and even hydrogen-powered cars. There’s a growing interest in these technologies, as there should be. People want...

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Why the Apple-EPEAT Saga Is Great for Green Tech

July 17, 2012
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Why the Apple-EPEAT Saga Is Great for Green Tech

Apple is great at promoting its products’ energy-efficiency and environmental sustainability, but the best thing Apple may have done for the green tech movement was last week’s flip-flop on pulling its computer products from the EPEAT green registry, then placing them back on. The original move to pull its products from the EPEAT registry,...

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How Energy Efficiency and Ecycling Can Make Us Prosperous

June 6, 2012
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How Energy Efficiency and Ecycling Can Make Us Prosperous

Did you know that World Environment Day was this week, on June 5? Yeah, it kind of snuck up on me, too. I’m not too crazy about these token appreciation days, as I view them. Consider Earth Day. Earth Day was once great for cleaning streams and parks of litter and debris back when...

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They Just Don’t Get It: Why Energy Efficiency is the Key

September 27, 2011
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They Just Don’t Get It: Why Energy Efficiency is the Key

Why do media references to “green” and “green tech” always seem to be about renewable energy sources like solar and wind power? A signature New York Times hand-wringing piece, Why is the U.S. Losing the Green Race, concerns itself primarily with the federal government’s investment in the failed solar energy company Solyndra. Several green...

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The Resource Argument for Selling Green and Energy Efficiency

August 24, 2011
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The Resource Argument for Selling Green and Energy Efficiency

Looking for a way to convince more conservative, investment-oriented clients of the need to invest in green building or renovation, or energy efficiency and energy conservation? You may want to take a page from investor Jeremy Grantham, founder of asset-management firm GMO, who advocates investments in commodities due to predicted and prolonged shortages of...

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Dear D.C.: More Home Efficiency Incentives Needed

August 16, 2011
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Dear D.C.: More Home Efficiency Incentives Needed

What will it take to boost the market for home energy efficiency upgrades? It could take some serious federal legislation. Two bills in the U.S. Congress could help homeowners achieve energy savings. And before you roll your eyes, both are said to enjoy bipartisan support. But we wonder, especially in the case of one,...

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