With So Much U.S. Oil, Why Is Gas $3.70?
This July 4, the price of gasoline in the US is expected to be at its highest level in six years – at $3.704 per gallon according to the Energy Information Commission. Separately, this week, the Obama Administration lifted a 40-year-old ban on the exporting of crude oil. Steve Mufson of The Washington Post noted, “The Commerce ruling initially […]
Is 33 Years At GM a Strike Against Mary Barra?
Last week, Mary Barra addressed the fatal “ignition switch” issue at General Motors head on. Barra firmly said she is committing GM to make systemic change to make certain a quality failure like this never occurs again. As she said, “I hate sharing this with you as much as you hate hearing it. But I […]
‘All Of The Above’ Is Not An Energy Plan With A Goal
Wednesday’s contributors’ blog by Charles McConnell in The Hill was titled “Energy solution must be an ‘all of the above’ strategy.” McConnell states in his first sentence, “The two cornerstones of our global society that are fundamental to our lives today and for our future are 1) the affordability and security of our energy and 2) environmental responsibility.” The […]
Are Conferences Worth It?
I am honored to be a panelist at the Milken Institute Global Conference next week. The panel I am on grapples with the question, “Are Renewables Still Relevant?” My answer of course is a resounding “yes.” I wrote a book about it entitled, Creating Climate Wealth. At the conference, I am going to talk about how change is […]
State of Solar: Reaching the Malcolm Gladwell “Tipping Point” Moment
In 2003, I was beating my hand against doors to convince businesses to install solar, and my head against the wall trying to get investors to put their money into no-money-down solar contracts. Eleven years later, I am watching people who are now switching to solar. However, the solar switch is not based only on […]
Jimmy Fallon, Elon Musk Lead An Overlooked Generation X
In case you were out cold the past month or so, here’s news: Jimmy Fallon is now the host of the Tonight Show. And, if you’ve heard of Tesla, the electric car company, Elon Musk is its founder – plus the founder of a rocket ship company, SpaceX. Jimmy Fallon was born in 1974. I […]
Norway, Largest Sovereign Wealth Fund Ready to Invest 5% in Renewables
It was announced last week that the government of Norway would mandate the country’s sovereign wealth fund, the largest in the world, to invest in renewable energy. Over the past twelve months, organizations like World Wildlife Fund and 350.org have been working hard to encourage endowments and pension funds to divest fossil fuel holdings to demonstrate their […]
Republican Congressman Dave Camp to Oil & Gas Industries: “No More Subsidies”
Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp’s (R-Michigan) tax reform bill introduced on February 26th removed all subsidies for oil, gas, coal, renewables, and other energy technologies. So, what led to a conservative congressman killing subsidies for oil and gas? Some recent history: in 2011, the environmentalists Friends of the Earth and Public Citizen partnered with climate […]
Tesla Range Anxiety?
Do you know someone who bought a Tesla, and immediately started asking about a new electric car epidemic: “range anxiety?” Range anxiety is simply having anxiety that your car’s electric power will be drained before you reach a charging station. So, when range anxiety is a real concern, people who do buy a Tesla, still […]
Jimmy Carter’s 1977 Unpleasant Energy Talk, No Longer Unpleasant
On April 18, 1977, President Jimmy Carter addressed the American people by saying, “Tonight I want to have an unpleasant talk with you about a problem unprecedented in our history. With the exception of preventing war, this is the greatest challenge our country will face during our lifetimes. The energy crisis has not yet overwhelmed us, but […]