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Why the Green Economy Will Ultimately Prevail

Why the Green Economy Will Ultimately Prevail

In spite of overwhelming evidence pointing to ongoing changes in our climate, the “debate” on climate change continues. Climate, despite what you may have heard from some quarters, is indeed changing. And while the basic high school physics of “carbon dioxide traps infrared heat” seems to make this change inevitable, all the politically driven wrangling


The Credit Downgrade and the Green Economy

In the wake of the US credit downgrade entitlement reform may be the only hope for the green economy. Many believe that the battle against climate change cannot be fought with a weakened economy. The credit downgrade will increase pressure to resist any new government investments particularly those related to combating climate change. America’s downgrade

Anti-American Interest Crowd Endangers U.S. Economy, National Security

Last Wednesday’s New York Times had a troublingly familiar article, yet another example of how China, and not the United States,“increasingly dominates the manufacture of clean energytechnologies…including the production of million-dollar wind turbines.”Even worse, according to this article, “The United States is too reliant on China for minerals crucial to new clean energy technologies, makingthe


The G20 and the Transition to a Greener Economy

The G20 has a pivotal role to play in support of the development of amore sustainable economy. This entails sustainable green growth poweredby clean technologies and respect for nature’s biodiversity. Already some international efforts are underway. The World Bank, in partnership with organizations including UNEP, will be assisting developingcountries with national, green accounts. But there


How Many Jobs are Truly Created in a “Green Economy?”

Politicians often tout the benefits of going green from both anenvironmental and economic standpoint. After all, going green helps the economy by expanding the energy sector to one reliant primarily onfossil fuels to one that includes alternative and renewable sourceswhich tend to be cleaner for the environment. Yet, there are varyingnumbers about how many jobs

California’s Green Economy Continues to Grow Strong

Gloomy economy aside, The Sacramento Bee reports what we all know to be a continuing truth: California’s green economy is growing. The Sacramento newspaper reports that while California’s manufacturing jobs are waning, green sector manufacturing jobs continue to thrive.  “In a study released Wednesday, Palo Alto-based nonprofit Next 10and Collaborative Economics Inc. of Mountain View, found thatmanufacturing

Sustainable Education is Key to Accessing the Green Economy

High unemployment rates and the rising cost of college are causing manystudents to seek a college education that offers marketable skills. Education is an increasingly crucial component of preparing a prospectiveworkforce for the new economy. From preschool to post graduate studies,education supplies us with the tools we require to succeed in a rapidlychanging world. In

California’s Government Partnerships are Driving the Green Economy

Partnerships between regional and state authorities are a big part of California’s green leadership. According to Greenopia, California is the fifth greenest state in the US. Berkeley and Oakland are but two examples of green cities in the state of California. According to a report titled, 2010 Smarter City for Energy, Long Beach, San Francisco,

The G20 and the Green Economy

The green economy can provide a very real return forpeople and economies and the G20 can play a pivotal role in sustainabledevelopment. The Executive Director of UNEP, Achim Steiner, saidthat green spending offers "a very real return for people and economies, north and south…The G20 particularly has huge potential in energy,mobility, buildings, agriculture, forestry, [and]


How China is Developing its Clean Energy Economy

Yesterday on March 4, my colleagues and I finally released this long-awaited report “Outof the Running?  How Germany, Spain, and China Are Seizing the EnergyOpportunity and Why the United States Risks Getting Left Behind” As the title implies,it is a survey of how three countries with very different politicaleconomies are each adopting comprehensive policies to

My Take on China’s Comprehensive Approach to Developing a Clean Energy Economy – VIDEO

Last week, at the Renewable Energy Technology Conference & Exhibition (RETECH 2010)in Washington D.C., I gave a presentation on the comprehensive approachof China’s clean energy policies across the clean energy valuechain–from innovation to manufacturing to deployment/exports. I arguedthat China has created a long-term, sustaining strategy to develop itsclean energy economy through a three-pillar framework of

The New Economy is a Green Economy

What a difference a year makes. Just twelve months ago, thenewly-elected President Obama and his government seemed destined totransform America. The stunning upsetlast month by Massachusetts Republican underdog Scott Brown in thesafest Democrat senate seat in the country put an end to the Obama auraof invincibility, and reminded politicians of all stripes that votersexpect them