Validating Claims Re: the Environment

Validating Claims Re: the EnvironmentHow many times have you wondered about the scientific evidence behind the many competing claims that are made concerning climate change and other environmental issues? Now there is a team of fact-checkers whose job it is to debunk claims and present the unvarnished truth.

How they go about their work is particularly interesting.  I hope you’ll check it out.

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Got a CleanTech Business Concept?  Send It Along

Got a CleanTech Business Concept?  Send It AlongIt’s about time for me to re-offer a free service that I’ve been delivering happily for the last seven years: business plan evaluation.

Suppose you have an idea for a cleantech business—anything in renewable energy, electric transportation, smart-grid, energy storage, sustainable agriculture, or some other related field.  Then suppose you want my opinion of the merits of your concept.   Read more ›

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Happy Birthday, Rachel Carson

Happy Birthday, Rachel CarsonIt’s the birthday of Rachel Carson, the person perhaps most responsible for creating the modern environmental movement, with the publication of her book “Silent Spring” in 1962.   It’s a great reminder of how a single person can change the world for the better (or worse).  Maybe it’s a good opportunity for all of us to ask ourselves what more we can contribute to forging a just and sustainable civilization.

 

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Exxon and Climate Change: Does the Criminal Case Have Merit?

Exxon and Climate Change: Does the Criminal Case Have Merit?A reader explains how the criminal case against ExxonMobil (for covering up the truth about fossil fuels and climate change) has no merit, partially on the basis that Exxon shareholders are happy right now.

Yes they are, but it’s not clear how long that is going to stay in place.  Yesterday, the largest public university in the U.S. (U. of Massachusetts) divested itself of all fossil fuel holdings, following a string of dozens of large institutional investors–and divestiture is only one of many different forces that will soon come to exert enormous pressure on Exxon and its fellows.

 

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Government Subsidies for CleanTech: Two Competing Views

Government Subsidies for CleanTech: Two Competing ViewsWriting on government subsidies for cleantech, a reader notes: taxpayers get stuck with inefficient, inadequate and inappropriate technologies, which government agencies support for political and ideological reasons. This suppresses and discourages R&D for potentially superior technologies.

Let’s begin by admitting that there is some truth here.  In fact, let’s look at two important sides of this issue:  Read more ›

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The Trump Plan on Energy and the Environment: You Don’t Want to Hear It

The Trump Plan on Energy and the Environment: You Don't Want to Hear ItHere’s some apocalyptic stuff for your Friday morning: an article from today’s New York Times entitled: Donald Trump’s Energy Plan: More Fossil Fuels and Fewer Rules, explaining his plans to add jobs in coal mines and cancel the Paris climate accord.   Read more ›

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The U.S. Is a Great, Albeit Weird, Place to Live

The U.S. Is a Great, Albeit Weird, Place to LiveToday’s news provides a wonderful example of the absurdities and hypocrisies of life in the U.S., as our president visited Hiroshima,  the site of the first of two atomic bomb detonations in World War II Japan, and offered a very clear message to the audience that had gathered for his speech: nuclear weapons are inhumane,  and must never be deployed again.  Read more ›

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More on the ExxonMobil Climate Change Saga

More on the ExxonMobil Climate Change SagaI’m told that I’m a decent public speaker, though I certainly know what stage fright feels like.  It’s for that reason that I applaud people who have the courage to stand up in front of large audiences, especially hostile ones, to make points that no one in the auditorium wants to hear.

Yesterday, Anna Kalinsky, fresh from her college graduation, did just that.  She’s the granddaughter of James F. Black, a scientist for Exxon for over 40 years, and she bravely addressed an enormous assembly of ExxonMobil shareholders at its annual meeting in Dallas, Texas.  Her message: It’s time for ExxonMobil to stop stonewalling attempts and adopt a resolution calling for climate action. Read more ›

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Should Government Subsidize CleanTech?

Should Government Subsidize CleanTech?Commenting on my post The Migration to Renewable Energy Isn’t All Smooth Sailing and its discussion of government subsidies, MarcoPolo writes: The danger is when governments stray from the path of economic management and pursue ideological .. agendas.

What’s wrong with a government promoting an ideology, as long as it’s one of peace, fairness and sustainability? Government should support the development of cleantech precisely because it’s part of an ideology that says something on which any sane and decent person would agree, i.e., it’s important that we become good stewards of the environment.

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From Guest Blogger Lizzie Weakly: How to Optimize your HVAC System for Summer

How to Optimize your HVAC System for SummerA small amount of preparing will go a long ways in not only improving the life of your AC unit but also in helping you save money on your utility bill. When you ensure that your HVAC unit is working at maximum efficiency throughout the scorching summer month, you’ll be more comfortable and spend less money.

An HVAC professional should be called in to verify your system is in top shape. When the technician arrives, they will assess the following: Read more ›

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