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In Spain, Solar Storage Costs More Than Nuclear Spillage

Originally published on Planetsave.com Storing solar energy in a battery in Spain is more criminal than spilling radioactive waste. That’s the implied message written between the lines of a recently drafted law poised for fast-track approval by the government of Spain. Proposed fines for residential and SME use of solar energy self-consumption will be as […]

June 24th

Why is Google investing so heavily in renewables?

With concerns over the wider environment growing on an almost daily basis, the pressure is increasing on some of the world’s largest companies, particularly those in the technology sector to clean up their act. Google is one firm that seem to have paid attention to their carbon footprint, and have apparently invested huge amounts of […]

April 22nd

The Fiscal Spliff

Reading the headlines, you might guess that the Fiscal Cliff is, as the Mayans predicted, legitimately making 2012 the end of the world. The truth is likely much less dire. In an op-ed in the New York Times this week, Nassim Taleb, finance professor and author of Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder, argues that […]

December 24th

New EU Law Promotes More Efficient Aircraft Emissions, Stirs Controversy

Despite good intentions about contributing to a healthier environment, the European Union recently enforced a law that heavily restricts aircraft emissions, and has subsequently been met with tremendous opposition. The law essentially requires all aircraft operators touching down or taking off in Europe to offer a permit that illustrates the craft’s emissions levels throughout the entire […]

December 8th

EPA Allows Illegal Engines As Long As Feds Get Paid

Diesel engines are a big deal in America. They are used to haul the food we eat and the goods we otherwise consume. The biggest challenge in the wide use of the diesel engine is that its emissions will often pose a problem for maintaining clean air. The good news is that advancements in technology […]

September 28th

Republicans Fail Basic Math

No one’s saying that its never been better. No one’s saying that Obama waved a magic wand and made it all alright. No one’s saying that our economy has never been stronger, that we can all now relax and ease on into an era of unprecedented prosperity and comfort… But the republicans need a better […]

September 6th

Clean Energy Funding: Truth vs. Truthiness

Former Governor and republican presidential candidate Willard Mitt Romney knows how to rile up his base.  “Do you know how much money he (President Obama) invested in so-called green energy companies?” asked Romney of his carefully selected crowd of supporters at a campaign speech in New Hampshire. “Ninety billion. Ninety billion!” Oh, how could he?  How […]

August 24th

Love Letter to Banksters

First, context:  Homo sapiens is an actively interdependent species of agents with responsibilities as collaborative participants in this web of life: all our destinies are intertwined.  There is, in any healthy community a social contract, and its acknowledgement is emerging more and more vocally from our society’s closets and into our front yard again.  Thank […]

August 2nd

Offshore Banking: The Shadow Global Financial System Running Amok

When people hear the term “offshore banking,” they might think of offshore banking and tax secrecy centers, such as Switzerland, Grand Cayman, Panama and the UK Channel Islands, where the world’s wealthiest, along with organized crime and developed and developing world despots, stash their wealth to shield it from the taxes and the prying eyes […]

July 23rd

What do small businesses think of regulations?

Besides taxes, the most frequently used franken-word in economics is likely regulations. The specter of increased regulations is often thrown around by polluting companies, their lobbyists, and the politicians they support in order to swing public opinion away from environmental and health protections. It works, but I think mainly because it’s a word that most […]

July 12th