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Op-Ed by Neil Lane and U.S. Support for R&D

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Neal F. Lane, the former director of the National Science Foundation and chief Science and Technology Advisor to President Bill Clinton, has written a sharp op-ed in the New York Times about government funding of scientific research.  He makes two…

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Releases 2011 U.S. Energy Flow Chart

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Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) recently released its annual energy flow chart depicting the path from energy sources to their end-uses. The charts are developed using data from the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration. The LLNL chart shows that…

Energy Efficiency Programs in Southwest Expected to Realize Billions in Net Benefits

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In early October, the Southwest Energy Efficiency Project (SWEEP) published a report highlighting the economic, environmental, and health benefits that would result from investing in utility energy efficiency programs. The report, titled “The $20 Billion Bonanza”, claims that investing $17…

New Emissions Laws Encourage Sustainable Development in California Communities

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California’s metropolitan regions are shifting away from urban sprawl and moving towards sustainable community development. This transition is due, in part, to the passing of Senate Bill 375, the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008, which targets greenhouse…

Bike Sharing Report Demonstrates U.S. DOT Support for Carbon-free Transportation

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In September 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHA) published a report analyzing the success of existing bike sharing programs in the United States and details considerations and recommendations for future programs. The guide, titled “Bike Sharing…

2012 Carbon Disclosure Project Report Indicates Reduced Corporate Carbon Emissions

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A recent report by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) concludes that S&P 500 corporations are increasingly factoring carbon reductions into their business models in an effort to reduce their ecological footprint. The “CDP S&P 500 Climate Change Report” analyzes the…

NASA Summer Temperature Anomalies

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The NASA Goddard Space Flight Center has released a 16-second animation showing a shift in the distribution of summer temperature anomalies (that is, exceptionally hot or exceptionally cold days in the summer). The animation begins in the year 1950 and…

Chu and Majumdar Article Describes the Opportunities and Challenges of a Clean Energy Future

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Last week, the journal Nature published a report by U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and former director of Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) Arun Majumdar discussing clean energy sources and their potential role in the energy system. Their article,…

Friedman Article Examines Smart Natural Gas Development

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Thomas Friedman’s recent op-ed article in the New York Times featured a quote from Hal regarding the introduction of natural gas as a viable energy source. The article, “Get it Right on Gas,” supports the increased use of natural gas…

Hal Discusses Energy Resource Problems and Opportunities at Equilibrium Capital Forum

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In late June, Hal participated in the Equilibrium Capital Forum, which brought together business professionals to discuss potential investment opportunities in the green building, renewable energy, and food industries. Hal’s presentation, titled “Hope and Fear,”  discussed climate change issues and…