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In media res: Houston, Harvey and the catastrophe of climate change

Energy Bulletin - 3 September 2017 - 3:22pm

Harvey will almost certainly be styled as a tragedy. The storm is undoubtedly a colossal misfortune, and we should have compassion for those affected. But from a literary standpoint, it is not a tragedy at all. A genuine tragedy requires that the main players be unaware of how their own flawed character is leading them to self-destruction.

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Hurricane Harvey: Connecting the Dots between Climate Change and More Extreme Events

Energy Bulletin - 31 August 2017 - 1:28pm

The underlying reason for the uncertainty around talking about climate change is because the fossil fuel industry deliberately obscured this reality from the public for decades, and has a vested interest in limiting knowledge around the damage that their products cause. Muting discussion on climate change as a devastating storm unfolds is a political strategy that serves the interests of those who wish to delay meaningful action on climate change.

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7 Sustainable Purchases For Your Business

ASPO International - 31 August 2017 - 10:02am

Maybe you already run an eco-friendly business in some ways, but you’d like to step up your game. When it comes to taking your business green, there’s always another step you can take. Many products and services allow you to transform different sections of your business from normal to green. Often, going green will even…

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I Was an Exxon-Funded Climate Scientist

Energy Bulletin - 30 August 2017 - 2:16pm

ExxonMobil’s deliberate attempts to sow doubt on the reality and urgency of climate change and their donations to front groups to disseminate false information about climate change have been public knowledge for a long time. Reports in 2015 revealed that Exxon had its own scientists doing its own climate modeling as far back as the 1970s: science and modeling that was not only accurate, but that was being used to plan for the company’s future.

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Why Solar Power Keeps Being Underestimated

Energy Bulletin - 29 August 2017 - 1:14pm

Of course, effective climate mitigation is not assured even if the use of solar and wind power rise. In the absence of solid measures to remove coal, gas and oil from the energy system, fossil fuels could co-exist in an infelicitous equilibrium with renewable energies for decades to come. Pricing out polluting coal through carbon taxation would complement policy designed to boost solar’s share of the global electricity mix.

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The Climate Crisis as Seen by the Economics Mainstream

Energy Bulletin - 28 August 2017 - 7:59pm

This is what a group of powerful people look like when they lose touch with reality. As we have already seen the techno-innovations that are supposed to mitigate climate change are largely granfalloons. The elite fantasy of growth combined with R&D and techno-innovation to resolve the climate crisis can do a lot of damage by diverting us from the reality of the catastrophe that humanity faces.

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Peak Oil Review: Aug 28 2017

Energy Bulletin - 28 August 2017 - 7:01pm

It likely will take several weeks to assess the impact that Hurricane Harvey will have on the US oil industry.  As of Monday morning, the storm is still dumping large amounts of rain on Houston and its refineries. Weather forecasts are predicting that the storm will continue to cause heavy flooding along the Gulf Coast and will move further east, possibly closing or damaging additional oil production facilities in Louisiana.

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Arctic riches: A most insane discussion

Energy Bulletin - 27 August 2017 - 5:03pm

As climate change rips away the icy armor of the Arctic, nations surrounding the North Pole and companies eager to exploit the area’s mineral wealth–particularly oil and natural gas–are growing giddy with anticipation.

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What Blackout? How Solar-Reliant Power Grids Passed the Eclipse Test

Energy Bulletin - 25 August 2017 - 10:27am

The total solar eclipse that captivated the United States this week was more than just a celestial spectacle (and a reminder to take care of your eyes). It was also a valuable lesson in how to manage electricity grids when a crucial generation source – solar power, in this case – goes temporarily offline.

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What Fuels Civil War? Energy and the Rise of Fascism

Energy Bulletin - 24 August 2017 - 1:05pm

History, as we all know, may not repeat itself, but it surely rhymes. So, the theme of a civil war and of a return of Fascism is much discussed in the US nowadays. What kind of rhymes with past events can we perceive? On this point, I can propose to re-examine how Fascism took over in Italy, in the early 1920s, and in particular how it was related to energy supply factors.

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Siting Long Distance Transmission Lines

Energy Bulletin - 24 August 2017 - 11:35am

Many outlooks for a mostly renewable U.S. power grid include a lot more high-voltage transmission lines. But is this a realistic hope, considering how few of these lines we’ve built in recent years, and the many barriers they always seem to face?

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Electricity is a Rip-Off – We Need a Truly Radical Intervention in the Energy Market

Energy Bulletin - 23 August 2017 - 12:22pm

Yes, you can regulate markets, but that requires a regulator with both sufficient teeth and the nerve to use them, and one which does not believe that switching suppliers is the answer to all its problems.

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Striking A Balance: Should You Get An Electric Vehicle?

ASPO International - 18 August 2017 - 1:46pm

Fewer Cars Or Efficient Cars? Balancing Sustainability And Manufacturing Those who can afford it are jumping to buy electric and hybrid vehicles based on the dominant narrative that they’re better for the environment – but are they actually better? And when is the right time to buy? Use this guide to help you decide on…

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How Expensive Is It To Build An Energy Efficient Business?

ASPO International - 13 August 2017 - 11:27pm

Averaging data across states from all sectors, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory estimates that businesses must spend around 4.6 cents to save 1 kWh of energy. If you’re trying to run a cost-benefit analysis, the answer is that investing in energy efficiency will save you more money than it costs you. Research by the American…

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5 Tips to Growth Hack Instagram Engagement For Your Green Business

ASPO International - 13 August 2017 - 11:21pm

With social media marketing becoming increasingly more important, green businesses are now employing a broad range of marketing methods to boost the impact of their online presence. Among these new strategies is growth hacking, or the act of using various quick marketing methods to maximize online brand visibility. Usually a trial-and-error process, growth hacking can…

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Which Home Siding Options Are Most Eco-Friendly?

ASPO International - 28 July 2017 - 2:07pm

These Home Siding Options Are Best for the Environment Siding is one of the most important features for comfort at home, thanks to its ability to trap air inside. However, it doesn’t always do its job. When your utility bills start to rise, it can be a sign that your siding is no longer properly…

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How To Protect Your Eco-Friendly Company’s Reputation Online

ASPO International - 27 July 2017 - 3:24pm

Robert Greene, the author of the prominent best-selling book The 48 Laws of Power, writes about reputation as one of the cornerstones of social power: “Make your reputation unassailable. Always be alert to potential attacks and thwart them before they happen.” Greene further advocates for the Machiavellian approach of strengthening your own reputation and weakening…

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10 Life Events Eco-Friendly Executives Need To Build Up Credit For

ASPO International - 22 July 2017 - 12:49am

For most of us, credit is the financial lifeline that gives us flexibility and freedom. After all, it’s what dictates the house or car we can buy, as well as how much certain everyday necessities are going to cost us in the long run. It’s a long, tedious road to building up your credit score,…

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Why You Should Intern For An Eco-Friendly Company

ASPO International - 20 July 2017 - 10:33pm

Recent analysis shows that renewable energy will take over as the cheapest energy source in most countries come 2020. This indicates that a major paradigm shift is underway when it concerns the changes to the energy industry. Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Accords manifests as one of the…

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4 Ways We Can Make Our Companies More Eco-Friendly

ASPO International - 17 July 2017 - 8:17pm

A few years ago, being eco-friendly was widely regarded as trendy and fun. Although, that was before companies started seeing the results this shift. Not only were they able to save tremendously on costs, such as lighting, water, and gas, but they were also able to contribute to a global movement. Those aspects are just…

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