Energy

  • Mitch McConnell Would Have Vetoed Keystone if He Were President

    The President has been crystal clear that infrastructure is more than a pipeline from Canada. He also believes that he has already been given the right to determine which pipelines get approved without interference from Congress. And, in Washington, you don’t really give up your chips unless you get what you want. President Obama made […]

  • An Even Better Energy Deal For You Than Cheap Oil Prices

    With the sudden crash in oil prices and the relief at the gas pump for drivers, you might have forgotten that last month Chinese leader Xi Jinping and President Obama struck a deal to limit greenhouse gases. China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, made its first-ever commitment to cap carbon emissions starting in […]

  • Gasoline is Cheap Temporarily, Energy Independence is Forever

    The price of gas is going up. I guarantee it. The price being below $3 per gallon is a temporary “feel good” blip. Ten years of data shows that fuel prices takes dips and always bounce back. If you drive an electric-powered Nissan Leaf, or a Tesla, you probably personally don’t care if gasoline sinks below $3 […]

  • Mark Zuckerberg 2.0: Connect Another Billion People

    In 2012, Mark Zuckerberg declared that it should be a fundamental right to access the Internet. Yet, less than three billion people have Internet access. With a world population of more than seven billion – we have a four billion person Internet gap. If even a billion new people were privy to Zuckerberg’s “fundamental right,” it could drive global […]

  • President Bush’s Limited Time Offer: 30% Off on US Solar

    By the time I sold SunEdison in 2009, retailers like Walmart, Costco, Macy’s, Kohl’s, Whole Foods, Staples, Walgreens, and others had already started installing solar on store and facility rooftops. A catalyst was President Bush extending, in October 2008, the 30 percent tax credit for solar by eight (8) years, through 2016. That deadline is now a […]

  • What Einstein Might Say After People’s Climate March

    Today was the People’s Climate March in NYC. Initial estimates show that 400,000 people descended upon Manhattan just preceding the 2014 U.N. General Assembly (and about 1 million worldwide). The organizers of the march who want change picked an opportune time to get the message out. But as I paraded along with others, I was […]

  • Rationed: 1 Cup of Water to Wash Your Hair

    Fact or fiction? In reality, this fiction is quickly becoming a fact. Consider the United States where I just read that 11 cities are running dry including Salt Lake City, El Paso, Miami and Los Angeles. Plus, I just spoke to a colleague in Los Angeles where the buzz was about George Clooney getting married, wild fires, […]

  • Sorry, Bill Gates, But You’re Wrong on This Issue

    Bill Gates just blogged on energy poverty. In that post, he agrees with Bjorn Lomborg who “argues that before poor countries can move to clean energy, poor families need access to cheap electricity so they don’t have to burn dung, cardboard, or twigs for heating and cooking. These dirty fuels produce indoor air pollution that is terrible […]

  • Setting Public Goals: Why It Is Important

    In 2010, I was selected as a Catto Fellow. The program is within the Aspen Institute, and in my case, drew 21 people that are demonstrated leaders on the environment. Part of the Aspen Fellowship program is running a “project” to solve a problem that is important to you leveraging the value of your connections within the […]

  • Killing Solar. Killing Jobs.

    Fact: The solar industry grew jobs by 20 percent last year in the U.S. — ten times faster than the national average. Fact: 23,000+ new solar jobs were created and the industry now employs over 142,000 American workers. U.S. Government Idea: Let’s kill solar growth and solar jobs. How? Make solar more expensive with protectionist tariffs. The reality is that U.S. […]