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60 Minutes of Epic Fail and the Real Energy Policy Debates CBS Missed

January 9, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

60 Minutes and Energy Policy Debates

Part of me doesn’t want to waste anymore digital ink on the CBS 60 Minutes CleanTech Crash segment. It stirs the pot of energy and climate commentators and causes a mini firestorm. It’s clear why: it sidesteps policy debates that are too important to ignore and paints a very one-sided picture.[read more]


Energy Cost Innovation, Part 3: Global Impact of Low-Cost Clean Energy

August 28, 2013 by Robert Hargraves

Low-Cost Clean Energy Impacts

Affordable electric power is crucial to the developing world’s economies and their peoples’ prosperity. There are 3.6 billion people in the world who lack adequate energy access. And another 2 billion will require power as the world population grows in the next two decades.[read more]

Cleantech: Bad Incentives For Green Choices

July 9, 2013 by Severin Borenstein

Green Consumer Choices

I’d like to see a tax on gasoline that reflects its greenhouse gases emissions. If we can’t or won’t do that, then maybe subsidies for electric vehicles can imperfectly address some of the same goals.[read more]

Obama Cleantech Stimulus: Bad Policy, Bad Politics and Bad for Cleantech

November 2, 2011 by David Gold

The Solyndra debacle is no surprise to this cleantech venture capitalist. The inherent conflict between trying to get money out of the U.S. Treasury as quickly as possible to stimulate the economy and, at the same time, have government agencies that are ill-suited at making business decisions do just that was nothing other than a recipe for disaster.[read more]

Election Does Not Spell Cleantech Doom

December 6, 2010 by David Gold

With the recent “shellacking” (as President Obama referred to the election results) of the Democratically controlled Congress, much of the buzz in the cleantech space has been doom and gloom. Is cleantech doomed to a new dark age?[read more]

Cleantech Stimulus Still Not Stimulating

October 4, 2010 by David Gold

The stimulus bill along with the $31B cleantech element focused on grants and loan guarantees through the Department of Energy was passed into law over 18 months ago.  About a year ago I wrote about how the cleantech stimulus was not very stimulating to our economy. I suggested at that time that the goals of stimulus and of long-...[read more]