Author: Scott Cooney

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Federal Trade Commission cracks down on Greenwashing

SC Johnson, maker of Windex, might have tossed the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back in relation to greenwashing. SC Johnson was sued by consumer activists over their “Green List” label, which they placed on products that had no verifiable sustainability credentials. Trouble was, it looked like a 3rd party, independent label that *did* […]

October 4th

Which companies are doing the most solar? Costco? REI? Google? Mars?!?

Companies are looking to renewable energy in growing numbers, both for cost-savings in the long term, but also for public relations benefits. Whatever the motivation, these companies are moving markets by creating demand for renewables in their many forms. The list below is a top 20 of companies that have gone solar. The list contains […]

October 2nd

Does Nature Need a CEO?

At some point, you have to wonder….will nature’s so-called ecosystem services ever get the full recognition they so greatly deserve? After all, without nature, we’d have no oxygen and no clean water. Pretty much the end of humanity, no matter how great our technology. If nature had a CEO, who would it be, and what […]

September 22nd

2012 Election Energy Policy Choice

The presidential candidates in this year’s election are increasingly rallying their base by pointing out the differences in their philosophies and showcasing the choice before Americans. As voters, we get a chance to choose the direction of the country based on these very different approaches. But is either side telling the truth, and how would […]

September 21st

Who’s to blame for the excessive money and negativity in politics? The answer may surprise you

It’s hard to pinpoint when, exactly, American politics became so negative, but it’s pretty clear that the days of bipartisanship started dying somewhere around the time of the Eisenhower Administration. The 2012 campaign season has been perhaps the nastiest so far, and the lack of respect given to opposing political viewpoints has become the norm, […]

September 12th

Where conservative capitalism breaks down: Three primary sources of free market failure

Many people criticize policies and elected officials based on strong support for what they believe to be free market capitalism. But do these people actually understand capitalism? What they believe to be capitalism: getting the government off the back of the private sector, is not true free market capitalism. Adam Smith, the man many in the […]

September 7th

Women in Focus Week, Day 5! Meet the Top Women Sustainable CEOs: Jan Blittersdorf

This week, the Important Media Network has committed to highlighting some of the women that are making the world a better place. At Inspired Economist, we thought we’d take part by profiling a great sustainable woman CEO every day this week. See previous posts on Gail Kelly of WestPac Bank, Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Kraft Foods, Kim Jordan, CEO […]

September 7th

Women in Focus Week: Day 4! Meet the top women sustainable CEOs: Gail Kelly (WestPac Bank)

This week, the Important Media Network has committed to highlighting some of the women that are making the world a better place. At Inspired Economist, we thought we’d take part by profiling a great sustainable woman CEO every day this week. See previous posts on Irene Rosenfeld, CEO of Kraft Foods, Kim Jordan, CEO of New Belgium Brewing, […]

September 6th

The Effect of Election 2012 on Your Taxes

With the election 2 months away, both Democrats and Republicans are spending the majority of their time trying to sway the last remaining undecided voters (as well as rallying their bases, of course). Both political parties are now fully embracing the idea that they and their policies are the best for the middle class. Rhetoric […]

September 6th

Billionaires’ Return on Investment for Political Contributions

Sheldon Adelson, billionaire casino magnate, has pledged $100 million to defeat Barack Obama this year. During the Republican primaries, he spent big on attack ads against…Mitt Romney? Yep…Adelson’s Republican of choice was Newt Gingrich, and Adelson spent almost $20 million on Gingrich’s campaign. Now, Adelson backs Mitt Romney, Republican candidates for congress, and Super PACs […]

September 5th

Women in Focus Week: Day 3! Meet the top women sustainable CEOs: Irene Rosenfeld (Kraft)

This week, the Important Media Network has committed to highlighting some of the women that are making the world a better place. At Inspired Economist, we thought we’d take part by profiling a great sustainable woman CEO every day this week. See previous posts on Kim Jordan, CEO of New Belgium Brewing, and Eileen Fisher (of high end […]

September 5th

How is coal power so cheap? (Hint: it’s because you’re subsidizing it)

The idea that coal is cheaper than wind and solar is what keeps coal in the forefront of energy production in the U.S. But what if the idea itself is completely flawed? The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity is actively promoting the benefits of coal power. If you see an ad on a website […]

September 4th

Women in Focus Week, Day 2! Meet the Top Women Sustainable CEOs: Eileen Fisher

This week, the Important Media Network has committed to highlighting some of the women that are making the world a better place. At Inspired Economist, we thought we’d take part by profiling a great sustainable woman CEO every day this week. See yesterday’s post on Kim Jordan, CEO of New Belgium Brewing, then check in each day […]

September 4th