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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…

Arun Majumdar Discusses Breakthrough Energy Technologies and Market Demand

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Arun Majumdar, the former director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), recently shared insights on the agency’s energy technology projects and their potential in the market as part of a lecture series for energy professionals hosted by…

Hal Meets Vice Chairman Xie Zhenhua

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On a recent trip to China, Hal met with Xie Zhenhua, Vice Chairman of China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and a member of the CPC’s Central Committee. Vice Chairman Xie is in charge of energy development and policy…

Hal at Sesame Workshop / Paulson Institute Panel

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The Paulson Institute and Sesame Workshop, the non-profit organization behind the Sesame Street TV show, recently convened a panel to discuss a new children’s education program in China. Hal was one of the experts who spoke on the panel. The…

Natural Gas, Methane Leakage, and Climate Change

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There is an interesting discussion going on in the scientific literature about the amount of reduction in global warming that might occur through switching from coal to natural gas for electrical power production. The rate of leakage of methane (CH4),…

WBCSD’s “The Energy Mix”

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The World Business Council for Sustainable Development has released a high-quality, 9-page brochure describing the technologies and policies we’ll need through 2050 to avoid exceeding a “budget” of 1 trillion tons of emitted (cumulative) CO2 since the Industrial Revolution. Despite…

IEA’s 2012 Tracking Clean Energy Progress

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Every year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) puts out a report, “Tracking Clean Energy Progress,” which discusses the technologies and financing mechanisms needed to mitigate climate change. Their 2012 report was just released. You can see the whole report at:…

Foreign Affairs Article on Renewable Energy

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Jeffrey Ball, the former environmental editor for the Wall Street Journal, has written an article in Foreign Affairs magazine on renewable energy.  Ball provides an overview of the technology and the current state of economic policy regarding renewables in various…