2GreenEnergy.com http://www.2greenenergy.com Bringing Together Clean Energy Investors with the Strongest Renewable Energy Investment Opportunities Fri, 27 May 2016 22:21:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://www.2greenenergy.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/favicon-1.png 2GreenEnergy.com http://www.2greenenergy.com 32 32 Validating Claims Re: the Environment http://www.2greenenergy.com/2016/05/27/validating-claims-re-the-environment/ http://www.2greenenergy.com/2016/05/27/validating-claims-re-the-environment/#respond Fri, 27 May 2016 20:53:18 +0000 http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=60136 ]]> 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 http://www.2greenenergy.com/2016/05/27/got-a-cleantech-business-concept-send-it-along/ http://www.2greenenergy.com/2016/05/27/got-a-cleantech-business-concept-send-it-along/#respond Fri, 27 May 2016 19:31:09 +0000 http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=60130 ]]> 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.  

Just send me whatever you have—anything from a one-sentence description to an 80-page business plan.  I’ll use my background in physics and marketing (strange but true) and my understanding of the most important cleantech industry trend to formulate my response, which, again, I’ll provide absolutely free of charge.

As a side benefit, readers here know that I select the very best ideas I come across and aggressively try to help move them along by helping them find sources of investment capital and by telling the world about their products or services.

For newcomers, here’s a brief summary of my approach.

Simply fire away via email.  Try to surprise me (though that’s going to be tough, given the volume of ideas I’ve reviewed over the years).

In any case, I look forward to hearing from you.

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Happy Birthday, Rachel Carson http://www.2greenenergy.com/2016/05/27/happy-birthday-rachel-carson/ http://www.2greenenergy.com/2016/05/27/happy-birthday-rachel-carson/#respond Fri, 27 May 2016 18:38:31 +0000 http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=60122 ]]> 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? http://www.2greenenergy.com/2016/05/27/exxon-and-climate-change-does-the-criminal-case-have-merit/ http://www.2greenenergy.com/2016/05/27/exxon-and-climate-change-does-the-criminal-case-have-merit/#comments Fri, 27 May 2016 18:24:47 +0000 http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=60117 ]]> 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 http://www.2greenenergy.com/2016/05/27/government-subsidies-for-cleantech-two-competing-views/ http://www.2greenenergy.com/2016/05/27/government-subsidies-for-cleantech-two-competing-views/#comments Fri, 27 May 2016 17:11:03 +0000 http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=60115 ]]> 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: 

There certainly are a few good examples of what the reader notes above. Corn ethanol is the poster child; it’s a cautionary tale about how a government program takes on a life of its own and becomes a kind of Hydra (the mythological creature that grows  three new heads whenever one is chopped off). Once something like that is in place, it’s hard to dismantle because people get addicted to the money and will not vote against their own financial interests.

On the other side of the coin, in truth, there have been relatively few big failures in government’s support of technology, and there have been hundreds of major successes. We also tend to forget how ruined this planet would be if it weren’t for government regulation of the private sector. Who knows when we would have gotten seatbelts in our cars?  God knows how polluted our air and water would be.

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The Trump Plan on Energy and the Environment: You Don’t Want to Hear It http://www.2greenenergy.com/2016/05/27/the-trump-plan-on-energy-and-the-environment-you-dont-want-to-hear-it/ http://www.2greenenergy.com/2016/05/27/the-trump-plan-on-energy-and-the-environment-you-dont-want-to-hear-it/#respond Fri, 27 May 2016 16:48:33 +0000 http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=60113 ]]> 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.  

It’s surreal that we’re living in a U.S. that is so much more profoundly backward than it was just a few short decades ago. I can’t be the only one who’s horrified by this bizarre reality that has emerged, seemingly out of nowhere.

My explanation: we’re experiencing the decline and eventual fall of the American Empire, and lots of our countrymen are not dealing with this well. Wages have stagnated, the middle class is shrinking, our educational system is inferior, and the only thing we’re really good at is war.  Worse, given the inexorable path of globalization and the rise of China, none of this is likely to change. We’re angry, and we’re behaving like barbarians.

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The U.S. Is a Great, Albeit Weird, Place to Live http://www.2greenenergy.com/2016/05/27/the-u-s-is-a-great-albeit-weird-place-to-live/ http://www.2greenenergy.com/2016/05/27/the-u-s-is-a-great-albeit-weird-place-to-live/#respond Fri, 27 May 2016 16:23:16 +0000 http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=60110 ]]> 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. 

The problem?  As he spoke those words,  his administration is busily investing $1 trillion in upgrading the U.S. nuclear arsenal, making such weapons far easier to use than they’ve ever been before.

In many ways, this is illustrative of a larger issue, i.e., the chasm between the Barack Obama he wishes he were, and the president he actually has been.

And here’s the ever larger issue: the difference between words and actions in a world dominated by empty rhetoric.

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More on the ExxonMobil Climate Change Saga http://www.2greenenergy.com/2016/05/26/more-on-the-exxonmobil-climate-change-saga/ http://www.2greenenergy.com/2016/05/26/more-on-the-exxonmobil-climate-change-saga/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 21:51:15 +0000 http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=60101 ]]> 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.

To paraphrase an interview in which she spoke with “Democracy Now!” earlier today:

In July of 1977, Mr. Black briefed the company’s top executives on the scientific realities of climate change. He was one of a large number of company scientists who laid out very clearly that the planet was warming, that this was because of rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, and that those levels were rising because of the burning of fossil fuels. At the time, he told Exxon that humankind had five to 10 years to start making the hard decisions regarding climate change, or the situation could become dire.

Ms. Kalinsky was particularly frustrated with Rex Tillerson, the CEO of Exxon, whose executive team has rejected more than 70 resolutions from groups of shareholders on the subject. In response to her presentation, Tillerson said: “We will continue to engage in the policy discussions, as we currently do, with a number of broad-based groups on all sides of these issues, and we’ll continue to be active in the discussions legislatively in Washington and elsewhere, including through the IPCC, on what we think are thoughtful, sensible policy actions that accommodate both our need for economic growth as well as addressing these risks, which are going to be very, very daunting.”

She responded by saying “we’re looking at all sides of the climate change issue” is ignoring the fact that there has been global consensus on the realities of climate change for years and that Exxon has now, at this point, had four decades of knowledge about climate change. And for CEO Tillerson to say that Exxon wouldn’t be taking decisive action to cut ties with groups which deliberately spread climate change misinformation, like the American Legislative Exchange Council, is incredibly disheartening.  This is particularly true in light of the fact that Exxon also, even though they acknowledged during their shareholders meeting that climate change is real and that burning fossil fuels has an effect, thinks that it’s more important for them to focus on their immediate bottom line.

Kalinsky went on to point out that Exxon actually did, for a while, take what her grandfather said seriously. He gave that initial briefing in 1977, and in 1978 Exxon had him give a similar briefing to a larger group. For a while, they actually were funding climate change research; for a few years, Exxon really was on the cutting edge of climate change science. And then, that spun around to the situation we’re at today, where Exxon publicly and anonymously is funding these groups that spread climate change misinformation.

So where will all this go?  It’s hard to say.  The good news is that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has referred the federal investigation into ExxonMobil‘s decades-long suppression of climate science to the FBI’s criminal division.  In response, Carroll Muffett, president of the Center for International Environmental Law, said “The formal referral by the Department of Justice means that the FBI must now take real steps to evaluate the serious allegations against ExxonMobil … The referral demonstrates for both the public and investors that the legal risks facing Exxon and other fossil fuel producers are real, they are significant and they are now imminent.”

Of course, many legal groups have weighed in here, prognosticating about what if any punitive action Exxon will receive.  It appears that the most unassailable charge is that the company knowingly defrauded its shareholders, withholding information vital to placing a fair value on the company’s stock.

Roasting the Earth and lying about it?  Who cares?

Defrauding investors: Huge punishment.

A bit of irony here.

As the late comedian and social critic George Carlin said, “Being born on Earth is a ticket to a freak show.  Being born in the United States is a front-row seat.”

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Should Government Subsidize CleanTech? http://www.2greenenergy.com/2016/05/26/should-government-subsidize-cleantech/ http://www.2greenenergy.com/2016/05/26/should-government-subsidize-cleantech/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 19:29:43 +0000 http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=60099 ]]> 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 http://www.2greenenergy.com/2016/05/26/from-guest-blogger-lizzie-weakly-how-to-optimize-your-hvac-system-for-summer/ http://www.2greenenergy.com/2016/05/26/from-guest-blogger-lizzie-weakly-how-to-optimize-your-hvac-system-for-summer/#comments Thu, 26 May 2016 01:41:48 +0000 http://www.2greenenergy.com/?p=60056 ]]> 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:

1. Inspect filters

When is the last time your changed your current filter? The filter cleans the air flow as it comes into the air conditioning system. It’s also useful or reducing dust and other irritants like allergen particles from getting into your house. Since the filter will wear out over a period of time, the circulation of air gets obstructed, and your system ends up being less efficient. This will cause your system to continue to work harder instead of better. You will discover an increase in your electric bill as well as your home will likely be less comfortable.

2. Outside Condenser

The condenser sends heat outside and works to eliminate rubbish like dirt, leaves, and plants hindering the condenser vents which the air flow comes into your home. When they are not clear then air flow is not going to get through as well as it needs to. This indicates the unit will remain on much longer to cool down the home, sending up the price to cool off the home as well as added extra demands on your unit.

3. Consistent Circulation of Air

Covering supply registers as well as return grilles with furniture and other things may possibly obstruct continual air flow and even result in the unit to work longer to cool down the rooms.

As a homeowner, this can be a relatively simple do-it-yourself undertaking. In spite of this, it is important to employ a specialist HVAC service engineer for precautionary upkeep.

The specialist will most likely clean and service many areas of your system, such as:

-Inspecting the condensate pans as well as drains for obstruction
-Going over the effectiveness of the duct system
-Fine-tuning refrigerant amounts together with searching for and also mending leaks
-Fixing broken insulation on the ducts
-Deep cleaning the condenser coils
-Eliminating dust particles and also dirt from the evaporator coils and fins
-Checking the electrical connectivity

Any time your HVAC system breaks down, you cannot afford to wait too long for assistance. The second you require a repair specialist or plumbing service contact a professional such as those at A. Bailey Plumbing & Heating. They provide emergency assistance 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year,; including on holidays.

Working with a professional company like A. Bailey in the New Jersey area means you can expect:

• Free Estimates
• Plumbing
• Drain Cleaning
• Sewer
• Heating
• Emergency Service 24/7/365
• 100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Making one phone call for several different services is certainly convenient.
Even if you do not have an urgent situation, plumbing related or HVAC troubles can certainly still disrupt your routine. It’s better to minimize any possible controlled temperature interruptions by having a seasoned HVAC technician look over the system.

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