In Praise of Something from Texas

According to EcoWatch, the 2012 Long Term System Assessment of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) contains a very surprising finding.  In this biannual report to the Texas legislature on energy transmission needs, ERCOT found that wind and solar are...

Bad Summer for Climate Change Deniers

It’s been a bad Summer for Climate Change deniers. Hot July First off, July turned out to be the hottest month in the continental U.S. in the 118 years that records have been kept, averaging  77.6 degrees,  according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

A Tale of Two Capitalisms

The essential question for this time is:  Of two capitalisms, Which capitalism? The Old Capitalism “Vulture Capitalists” are being seriously questioned for buying up companies, dismembering them, firing their workforces, selling off pieces of the companies, and...

Capitalism at Risk

The Harvard Business Review published a very interesting article recently that analyzed the threats that capitalism faces. The article goes on to recommend that businesses become activists to address these threats. The Idea in Brief The past 50 years have seen...

The True Size of the Green Economy

On July 13, 2011, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, together with the Battelle Technology Partnership released Sizing the Clean Economy, a report that tracks”green” jobs in the clean technology industry cluster. The study defines the clean or...

The Lessons of Solyndra

There is a hue and cry across the country about the bankruptcy of Solyndra, which may cost the federal government $535 million because the Department of Energy provided a loan guarantee. In some circles, this situation is being used as a pretext for attacking the...