Creating the Manufacturing University: More Thoughts

I was glad to see Rob Atkinson at ITIF highlight the relationship between our declining role in worldwide manufacturing and our education system in his post Creating the Manufacturing University. While lethargic jobs growth and loss of manufacturing overseas will always attract attention, they belie a seemingly great paradox: there…

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Let's Get Serious About Energy

Were you outraged at the Department of Energy over the long-term lack of electricity to millions of Americans following hurricane Sandy? Are you waiting for Secretary Chu's explanation of why 40% of the 2012 corn crop is going to ethanol, raising food prices during an economic slump? Do you follow…

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Thanks, Dr. Pielke!

This week Roger Pielke Sr. retired his weblog. I just wanted to thank him for the effort he had put into it. I suspect he informed and influenced far more people than he knows. I've done professional work in both sustainability and energy, and have been personally compelled to stay…

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Rebuilding After Sandy: Can We Do Better On Energy?

Over at Huffington Post my friend Bernard David asks an important question: As we rebuild after Sandy, what are we going to do different than before? Are we going to just rebuild what was there previously, or consciously decide to make changes that will reduce the impact of future natural…

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Innovation Lessons of the Internet

In the midst of a trend to credit the federal government with all of the great things that have been invented or built since WW II, it is important that we study the history and the lessons it has to offer. The WSJ has a useful op-ed about the start…

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Paper: Analyzing the DOE Loan Program

The Solyndra bankruptcy has, not unexpectedly, resulted in a wide range of reactions. On one end we have "This was a horrible investment and waste of taxpayers' money. We should shut down the whole program," and on the other end "Every investment has risks, and if you want success on…

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UK Carbon Bait and Switch

David Roberts has an excellent piece at Grist titled "Carbon tax in the U.K.: What does it mean for U.S. debate?".. Personally I wasn't surprised. I've always believed that there was a mismatch between the idea of a pure cap and trade system and a democratic system of…

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The EPA Turns to Bridge Burning

Over my years as Sustainability Officer at Sun I've publicly given lots of credit to the EPA, primarily for their world-leading Energy Star program and for the excellent Climate Leaders program. Boy, do I feel foolish now. First, in my eyes they tarnished their crown jewel, Energy Star, with the…

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