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On How to sell clean energy

Ahhh.  Well, is it safe to say that nuclear energy is "clean-er"?  I'd rather Dan Yurman or Rod Adams answer that question, Marc, but in the pursuit of "clean," it seems urgently important to open the discussion to all scientific and logical "alternatives."
April 7, 2009    View Comment    

On How to sell clean energy

True, green is a nebulous term... and "clean" beats "green," but when we decided to create a name for our fledgling site we emphasized the "energy" part of the term, obviously, because we felt that ultimately the issue was one of intelligent use of resources and that clean didn't cover that, exactly.  We also created a film earlier this year in which we asked some leading bloggers to ruminate on the term "green."  The fact that Obama girl out-views this film by the thousands may prove your point, Marc.
April 6, 2009    View Comment    

On Is science journalism dead? Can blogging replace it?

Joe, not "can" but will.  Just as blogs were the only media source where you could find reasonable skepticism about the Iraq war, blogs will grow as the intelligent source of discussion about climate change. True, the numbers are still relatively small, but whether it's your blog, or Geoff's, or Marc's, or Jesse's, yours are the blogs that "traditional" journalists use to shape their stories and opinions.  The numbers will continue to grow as millenials grow up, as newsprint declines and as ordinary people learn to "disintermediate."
March 26, 2009    View Comment    

On Congratulations to TEC Special Contributor and Member Bill Tucker

Bill - The WSJ has started picking up other bloggers like Lou Grinzo on their environmental blog site... so I think you're in the clear. Don't hold back with us.
March 13, 2009    View Comment    

On Cap as the next stimulus

The Energy Collective spoke to Lord Stern at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi earlier this year. When we asked what lessons the U.S. should learn from the European experience of cap-and-trade, he responded, "set clear goals and stick to them."  Thanks, Gernot, for this terrific insight about an issue that all-too-often is being confused with an energy tax.
March 6, 2009    View Comment    

On Quick hitting video telling the truth about "clean coal"

Did carbon capture and storage researched remain out of the stimulus package?  As you may know, TEC attended the WFES summit in Abu Dhabi last month, and CCS was a huge topic there.
February 27, 2009    View Comment    

On Nuclear Power in Tiny Package Versus Nuclear is Huge

Robert, thanks for the heads up.  Please put in a good word for us over here.
February 26, 2009    View Comment    


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February 13, 2009    View Comment    

On If green jobs create air pollution are they still green?

Excellent and essential question, John.  Again the issue arises: which is the national priority?  energy independence or ameliorating climate change?
February 12, 2009    View Comment    


Fixed, thanks, Rod for the catch.
January 27, 2009    View Comment    

On Copyright Incident on TEC

Pete, copyright may very well be doomed, and the chances of catching a lifeboat about as good as getting on one if you were "steerage" in 1912.  Copyright made sense when it was easier to monetize content.  Increasingly  bloggers, like our friend Tom Raftery who brought this issue to our attention, are "monetizing" their content not on copyrighted material which is freely available on the internet anyway, but from a higher level or analysis for specific clients (speaking engagements, consulting, etc.) that is proprietary and not easily accessed, or which is co-branded with the same client/producer.
January 23, 2009    View Comment    

On Sheikh it up, baby!

Great post, Marc.  Here's one flaw with the approach, though.  As you point out, the sheiks' goals and their perhaps unique ability to meet them quickly are without dispute, giving them an opportunity to lead the world to a solution for climate change. Their commitment to MASDAR in the face of the global financial crisis and the drop in their own oil revenues was uniformly apparent in Abu Dhabi.  But as a Westerner and one who believes as all of us do at SMT that global collaboration and a swift sharing of ideas are necessary to achieve widespread innovation, then I think, based on the still limited access of broadband in the Arab world (see and the sheik's still-present reluctance to be transparent in their dealings with the press, they will need to come even further in their embrace of new ways of doing things.
January 23, 2009    View Comment