How About A Sane Energy Policy Mr. Obamney?

On August 30, 2012, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

It’s Presidential Election year.  Ergo, time to discuss our 40 year whacked out excuse for an energy policy.  Royally botched up by every President since, umm? Objectives: Make US energy supply cheap for the US consumer and industry, fast growing and profitable for the American energy sector, clean, widely available and reliable, and secure, diversified, […]

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Kill Bill Volume 2 and the Cancun COP

On December 7, 2010, in Blog, by Marc Stuart

Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill, Volume 2 is one of my favorite movies.   It penultimate scene – a final confrontation of vengeance  from the wronged Beatrice Kiddo (aka, The Bride, aka, Black Mamba, aka Uma Thurman) and the evil, yet oddly amiable and ambiguous, title character (aka, the great David Carradine) is perhaps the finest in […]

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The Carbon Industry Is the Unsung Hero in the Cleantech M&A

On September 8, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Voices from the cleantech venture sector whine at least once a quarter about lack of M&A activity.  In carbon that hasn’t been the case this year (though only a handful of US venture capitalists could stomach that “obscene” foreign policy risk in carbon, and so largely non traditional investors made the bucks).  Despite the carbon […]

A Few Conversations on the State of Cleantech

On July 8, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I’ve had a number of conversations in the past couple of weeks about the state of cleantech and the various sectors that make it up. No real answers, just food for discussion. The IPO market – a few threads that keep perking up.  A need for the IPO market in cleantech to get healthy.  A general […]

An Open Letter to Ban Ki Moon on Climate Change

On March 25, 2010, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

An open letter to Ban Ki Moon in support of an extraordinary friend Dear Mr. Secretary General, I am sure that in your position, the volume of unsolicited outreach you receive must be truly breathtaking. I will not add to your never ending inbox, but rather will simply post this note on a friendly blog, […]

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Blogroll Review: P-Power, B-Buy, C-Can

On July 10, 2009, in Blog, by Frank Ling

P-Power Pee power. Scientists may have found a way to extract hydrogen from urea, one of the main major components in ordinary pee. That compounds is way for the body to get rid of toxic ammonia that comes out at the end of various metabolic processes. In many rural areas, urea would be the ideal […]

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BlogRoll Review: Space Beams, Leaded Batteries, and Sins

On April 16, 2009, in Blog, by Frank Ling

This seems like something out of a James Bond movie. There is a startup, Solaren, which is trying to build panels in space that converts sunlight into a radio frequency beam aimed at a receiving station near Fresno. The station then converts the radio waves into electricity. Megan Treacy at EcoGeek says: “If everything goes […]

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Carbon Trading, The Game

On December 26, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

At our company Christmas party this year we played Carbon Trading, The Game. Bascially, I devised a simple cap and trade game in a power sector, and then we played out four rounds to see what happened. The results were an interesting summary of how small rules can have big impacts in the outcome. And […]

The Next Big Thing in Cleantech Venturing

On June 30, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

As always, the venture community is looking for its next big thing. The cleantech world is no exception. Despite the dearth of exits, so much capital has flowed into the cleantech sector that investors need new places to put it. So despite my promise to certain friends not to blog certain funding rumors in each […]

Is Ethanol’s Carbon Footprint Bad? It Depends.

On April 15, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

In the cleantech and carbon worlds, the carbon footprint of ethanol, whether from corn or sugar feedstocks and fermentation processes, or enzymatic or thermochemical cellulosic sources, is always good fodder (or perhaps, “fuel”) for debate. And depending on which process and which study you personally ascribe to, the answer on how carbon clean ethanol looks […]

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Super Tuesday was Super for US Carbon Cap and Trade

On February 9, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

One things for sure, post Super Tuesday with Governor Mike Huckabee far behind, Mitt Romney out, and McCain the all but crowned Republican nominee, the US is getting a cap and trade system for carbon. The question is which one. I thought I’d track a little of the candidates’ various positions. The major differences that […]

Climate Legislation: Who Gains? Who Loses?

On December 13, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Most Americans now agree that something needs to be done to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. Hopefully most Americans now appreciate that this is not a small, but even more so, not a simple problem. I am a big believer that the playing field for our low carbon future should start level, and the market […]

A VC Going Carbon Neutral?

On October 30, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I have mentioned my friend Justin Label, one of the partners at Bessemer Ventures, before. Among other things he writes the Venture Again Blog. Bessemer is a highly respected old line Silicon Valley venture capital firm. They have been an active investor in cleantech for a while, and are backers of Miasole as well as […]

Is Microsoft Vista Global Warming Friendly?

On September 5, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Is Microsoft Vista global warming friendly? Could Vista be the best selling cleantech product in the world? I was thinking about this question the other day, and started emailing the Microsoft (Nasdaq:MSFT) press relations folks looking for an answer. The Microsoft answer – yes it is. They have a recent release entitled “Windows Vista Power […]

Blogroll Review: Vegan Power, Lasers, & 18 Seconds

On April 21, 2007, in Blog, by Frank Ling

Going Green? Go Vegan. Who says grocery shopping can save greenhouse gas emissions? Perhaps those who just buy vegan. That’s right. Choosing the right products at your supermarket can impact your carbon footprint. Jessica Marmor at the Wall Street Journal provides an in-depth analysis of different strategies at home, on the road and in the […]

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Gambling on Global Warming

On April 13, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Gambling on global warming? It sounds like a really bad made-for-the-internet soap opera. But apparently at one online betting site, you actually can. So move over carbon trading and Sir Nicholas Stern – Vegas is weighing in on the true likelihood of damages from climate change. I figured that rated a column on a lazy […]

Fuel Tech – Driving Profits by Cleaning up Coal

On March 23, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Fuel Tech (Nasdaq: FTEK) is one of the fast growing public greentech / cleantech companies focused on cleaning up dirty coal. I have known John Norris, the CEO of Fuel Tech, and his family for years, and have had the pleasure of following his career for some time. He’s one of the many former nuclear […]

Global Warming Solutions – Dell Style

On March 17, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Dell (Nasdaq:DELL), not known as a cleantech company, but long known for being a supply chain expert and direct marketing leader in PCs and electronic devices, is turning its attention to global warming – or at least working to provide consumers some greener product options and more consumer information. Earlier this year, Dell announced its […]

Cleantech: The Problem and Solution

On March 6, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

Two interesting cleantech reports came out in the last couple of days. One talking about the problem, the other the solution. On the problem side, as reported in USA Today, a team of researchers working at Texas A&M found that increased pollution in Asia, primarily from the rise of industrialism in China over the last […]

RECs and Carbon Credits are a GOOD Thing

On February 27, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

RECs and carbon credits are a GOOD thing, so stop bashing them. As an example a few months ago Inside Greentech had an article attacking renewable energy credits, singling out one such purchase by Wells Fargo, and comparing them to the indulgences sold by the Catholic Church to save your soul in the middle ages. […]

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