Gauging the Implications of Trump’s Victory

Gauging the Implications of Trump's Victory I received a note this morning from a dear friend wondering if I shared the same sense of shock at the election of Donald Trump as she and her husband felt.  She went on to say that she believes that innovation can play an important role in getting us through the next four years.  I wrote:

Yes, I’m horrified by the implications of the Trump administration,  and I become more so with successive cabinet appointment.  Read more ›

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Celebrating Group Achievement

Celebrating Group AchievementFrom today’s Writer’s Almanac: On this date in 1979, a panel of scientists declared the smallpox virus to be eradicated. It’s the first and only disease to be driven to extinction through human efforts. The disease itself has probably been around since at least 10,000 B.C.E. Evidence of smallpox scars has been found on Egyptian mummies, and the decline of the Roman Empire coincides with a particularly bad outbreak that claimed 7 million people. It spread from northern Africa throughout Europe and Asia, and came to the New World with Spanish explorers.

First, we need to celebrate humankind’s coming together and solving a problem of this magnitude, and we should note that this wonderful achievement is particularly relevant today. Read more ›

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Defunding NASA’s Climate Research: It’s Not a Complicated Issue

Defunding NASA's Climate Research: It's Not a Complicated IssueIn response to my post explaining how the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will soon see all its climate change research funding removed, here’s a short excerpt from frequent commenter MarcoPolo’s much longer response: It’s always controversial when funding is withdrawn from any research project. However, the reaction from the Sierra Club, like your own, is partisan and politically biased. People are screaming, “I want to get my own way!” Read more ›

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From Guest Blogger Akaahan Terungwa: Five Important Questions (And Answers) You Should Tackle Before Transitioning To Solar

 Transitioning To SolarLike it or not, the renewable energy revolution is right here upon us and solar is clearly leading the game. For cynics (and doubting Thomases), the singular fact that Tesla made more money in the last quarter than the entire US oil industry made last year should be a sobering thought.

This can only mean one thing: the game has changed and the dawn of a completely new and exciting era is right upon us. Read more ›

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No Long-Term Prognosis for Fossil Fuels

The Migration to Renewable Energy Has Achieved Critical MassThose who foresee slow, incremental change in the energy industry should take a peek at this. Google, the company with the second highest market cap on in the U.S., will receive 100% of the (considerable amount of) energy it consumes from renewable resources beginning next year.

It’s just another data point showing the inevitable conclusion:  All Trump’s men won’t be able to put the fossil fuel industry back together again.

And ironically, the fundamental reason for the burgeoning success of renewables is capitalism itself, i.e. lots of people are making lots of money investing in clean energy all over  the world.

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Is It Really “Shocking” that Donald Trump will Eliminate NASA’s Climate Research Program?

Is It Really "Shocking" that Donald Trump will Eliminate NASA's Climate Research Program?I thought I’d publish the email I just got from the Sierra Club (of which I’m one of about 2.5 million members), and offer a comment or two at the end:

“SHOCKINGLY STUPID!” That’s what one climate policy expert called reports Donald Trump will eliminate NASA’s climate research program. Read more ›

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From Guest Blogger Gioietta Kuo-Petravic: HFCs AND FLUORIDES – GREENHOUSE COOLANTS HARMFUL TO GLOBAL WARMING

HFCs AND FLUORIDES - GREENHOUSE COOLANTS HARMFUL TO GLOBAL WARMINGABSTRACT: The world found that the use of chlorofluorocarbons CFCs used in refrigerants and air conditioners was causing the depletion of the atmospheric ozone layers which protect us from harmful ultra violet rays from the sun.   In 1987, 24 countries met to produce the MONTREAL PROTOCOL ON SUBSTANCES THAT DEPLETE THE OZONE LAYER  to phase out the use of CFC’s.  It is one of the rare successes of international cooperation.  Read more ›

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Will Environmentalists Find the Actions of the Trump Administration To Be “Interesting?”

Will Environmentalists Find the Action of the Trump Administration To Be “Interesting?"My colleague Jon LeSage writes in his Green Auto Digest: “There’s one thing I can guarantee you about 2017: industry conferences and events are going to be very interesting. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s abrupt decision on November 30 to leave in place its greenhouse gas emissions standards for light vehicles through the 2025 model year before President-elect Donald Trump takes office, is guaranteed to be discussed during speaker panels next year. Read more ›

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From Guest Blogger Andrew Alcal: Elon Musk and Trump’s Energy Policies

Elon Musk and Trump's Energy Policies

Elon Musk recently accomplished his goal of merging SolarCity with Tesla. This bold move is meant to rescue SolarCity from excessive revenue losses in previous quarters while also attempting to create a more streamlined energy service. But Musk may have a new problem to face in the form of president-elect Donald Trump and his energy policies. Read more ›

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Tesla Made More Money Last Quarter than the Entire US Oil Industry Made Last Year

Tesla Made More Money Last Quarter than the Entire US Oil Industry Made Last Year

Here’s another wonderful article that supports the raw truth about the obsolescence of fossil fuels. The world goes where the money is, and it’s in cleantech.  Trump and his cronies can prop up the oil industry, but they can’t do it forever.

Patriotic Americans need to realize one very important thing:  The strength of the U.S. economy over the coming decades will be tightly correlated to its embrace of cleantech, the defining industry of the 21st Century.

 

 

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