Author: Nathan Schock

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Stable government policy and cellulosic ethanol

In the face of rising gas prices and increasing turmoil in the Middle East, President Barack Obama called for a one-third cut in oil imports by 2020. The President’s plan to accomplish this goal relies on a variety of domestic energy sources including increased oil production and natural gas powered fleet vehicles. But the aspect […]

August 1st

America to President and Congress: Give us clean energy

Apparently, Americans aren’t getting the message that renewable energy is dead. Following the Solyndra bankruptcy and the avalanche of negative news coverage, 90 percent of the American public still thinks that developing sources of clean energy should be a very high (30%), high (35%) or medium (25%) priority for the president and Congress. This is […]

November 23rd

People want Renewable Energy. Who will give it to them?

Two new polls out this week show that Americans want their future energy supply to be renewable. A mid-January USA Today/Gallup poll found that 83 percent of Americans want incentives for alternative energy, which put it at the top of their list for Congress to work on. And a February 7 Pike Research survey on […]

February 7th

Free Webcast of Renewable Energy Conference Today

Today, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is hosting their annual Phase II of Renewable Energy in America National Policy Forum in the Cannon House Office Building. The excellent agenda includes speakers from ACORE, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Google, POET (my employer), Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), GE Energy Financial Services, […]

December 9th

A Global Look at Sustainability and Innovation

Addressing climate change and a host of other global environmental problems will only be possible through innovation concludes Directions 10, the latest annual report from London-based communications agency Salterbaxter. The 60-page report includes an interview with the head of GS Sustain, a column on the challenge of low-carbon growth from Lord Nicholas Stern, a piece on […]

November 17th

Chevron Gets Ad-Jacked

Yesterday, Chevron launched a new advertising campaign called We Agree. According to the company news release: The campaign highlights the common ground Chevron shares with people around the world on key energy issues.  It also describes the actions the company takes in producing energy responsibly and in supporting the communities where it operates. Not everyone […]

October 19th

Technology Podcasting Pioneer Ads Green Tech Show

When I first started regularly listening to podcasts in 2005 and 2006, the two that everyone I listened to talked about were this WEEK in TECH by Leo Laporte and the Daily Source Code from Adam Curry. There may have been others, but in my world, these were the two by which all others were judged. TWiT, […]

October 4th

Can Deeds Succeed Where Words Failed? [video]

Bill McKibben, the U.S. author and founder of the highly successful international climate campaign, is back with another event. This one is called 10/10/10 because it will take place on October 10 of 2010. It is described by McKibben as a “Global Work Party” where they are asking people to take personal and group […]

August 23rd

Tweeting a Green Newspaper

Wouldn’t it be cool if there were an online daily newspaper made up of the things that top environmental reporters thought were worth sharing? It’s not only possible, it’s here thanks to a new service called (which I first heard about on the excellent podcast For Immediate Release) which allows you to turn a […]

August 11th

Solar or oil: is that a legitimate question?

Last week, a story titled Texas Oil Baron Is Promoting Solar Energy ran in the New York Times. Written by freelance environmental journalist Todd Woody, it was about a commercial featuring Larry Hagman, posing as the Texas oil tycoon J.R. Ewing that he played on the TV show Dallas. In the commercial, the former faux-oilman […]

July 23rd

TEDxOilSpill and our Energy Future

TED, remember the “E” stands for environment, is taking on the Gulf Oil Spill today with TEDxOilSpill, a self-organized event with a TED-like experience. From the event web site: TEDxOilSpill will tackle the tough questions raised by the recent and ongoing environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. Topics will include mitigation of the spill […]

June 28th

Inspiring speeches from Eco TEDsters

I love TED. I love the inspiring speeches and I love that they put them out online for everyone to enjoy. Some day, I’d love to attend one of their events. Since the “E” in TED, stands for environment, there is no shortage of speeches on the topic and I’ve watched many of them over […]

May 29th