The Past Few Hectic Weeks in Climate Change

On July 8, 2009, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

The last few weeks have seen a number of big moves in climate policy. US EPA Lets California Regulate GHG Emissions in Cars – On June 30, 2009, the US EPA backed off and let California Air Resources Board proceed with its longstanding plans to regulate greenhouse emissions from cars, after long resistance from the […]

Throwing down the gauntlet to Secretary Clinton

On February 24, 2009, in Blog, by Marc Stuart

By Marc Stuart Secretary Clinton’s weeklong trip to Asia was notable for a number of firsts. The first time a new Secretary of State of a new administration has opened her tenure by flying west, rather than east. Well, George Schultz apparently went south, as the exception that proves the rule. It’s also the first […]

Here we go again . . .or not. Carbon trading vs taxes in economic dislocation

On February 17, 2009, in Blog, by Marc Stuart

By Marc Stuart One of my favorite quotes of all time I heard attributed to Barry Diller, the guy who worked for Rupert Murdoch long enough to get the Fox Network up and running, thereby kick starting The Simpson’s and many family moments of mirth in the Stuart household. At some point, Barry purportedly said […]

Wind Leading the Pack of Winning Clean Tech Technologies

On October 2, 2008, in Blog, by Marguerite Manteau-Rao

by Marguerite Manteau-Rao Mark Jakobson, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at Stanford University, performed a thorough evaluation of energy solutions to global warming, as applied to alternative vehicle technologies. His answers may surprise you. Pr. Jakobson looked at the following energy sources: wind turbines battery electric vehicles solar photovoltaics hydrogen fuel cell vehicles geothermal […]

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 […]

The Voluntary Carbon Market Does Not Reward Complexity

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

I had a lively discussion with Susan Wood, the CEO of SCC Americas, at the Carbon Finance North America Conference last week. SCC Americas is the US arm of Syndicatum Carbon Capital, one of the largest developers of Kyoto based CDM carbon credit projects in the world, and Susan herself has been doing emissions trading […]

Carbon Offsets Work – Will the Mainstream Media Ever Get It?

On May 19, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

The carbon markets are an area of keen interest for me personally and professionally, so it is always frustrating that the mainstream media largely refuses to learn the details. In general, layman and media who don’t understand the details of the carbon markets attack carbon offsets in two areas, first, questioning whether the credits are […]

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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 […]

FutureGen Stalled?

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

FutureGen is the major US Department of Energy backed effort to pilot a technological solution to prove that carbon capture and sequestration from coal fired power plants is possible. At a slated price tag of $1.5 Billion ($1 Bil estimated originally, now estimated at $1.8 Billion), it is one heck of a science project – […]

Bringing Seapower to the Fight Against Global Warming

On January 20, 2008, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

The cleantech sector has developed as a major player in the fight against climate change. One of my friends, Dan Whaley, has founded a company called Climos to attack global warming in a new way, sinking massive amounts of carbon into the ocean depths using ocean iron fertilization. The approach has seen significant scientific study, […]

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 […]

California’s Low Carbon Diet

On December 5, 2007, in Blog, by John Addison

By John Addison (12/5/07). When Coke and Pepsi were in the middle of their diet wars, California was an early battle ground. It is a state which tends to do much in excess, including drinking colas. In fact, only a handful of countries spend more money on beverages. Parties of happy and surprisingly fit youth […]

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 […]

Honeymooning in Costa Rica – The Home of Carbon Neutrality

On August 24, 2007, in Blog, by Neal Dikeman

I’m taking this week off for my honeymoon in Costa Rica. I think it’s quite an appropriate place to take a honeymoon if you work in the effort to fight global warming – as I’ve stated before, we are working on a venture to use software to cut the cost and increase the transparency of […]