solveclimate.com — As the globe heats up, so does the world of green business conferences. For October 2009 alone, a web search shows almost 50 conferences and forums related to sustainability and the clean economy in the United States.
The environmental angle is of course a hovering presence at such events, but financial potential is generally the main focus.
Yet the recent Always On/GoingGreen event in Sausalito, Calif., was notable for the number of participants who used their stature and time to ramp up dramatic tension around the climate crisis as the key issue of our time — and to insist it must be central to all our business endeavors until it is solved.
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solveclimate.com — Cleantech investing was on fire in the third quarter of 2009, continuing to rebound as other sectors stayed cool, according to preliminary figures released this week by the Cleantech Group and Deloitte and Touche.
The upshot: Cleantech is now the largest category for U.S. venture capital investment.
That's "a long way for the category to have come from niche status only eight years ago," said Dallas Kachan, managing director of the Cleantech Group.
solveclimate.com — Anyone who’s been to Europe and flashed across the countryside in a high-speed TGV knows that long-haul traveling need not involve either a plane ride with endless security lines and annoying pat-downs or an expensive, tiring drive.
Europe’s bullet-trains, zipping along at over 150 mph, carry passengers far more efficiently over distances from 100 to 500 miles than other forms of transportation.
The Chinese recognize the value. Last week, Bombardier Transportation announced a $4 billion deal with the Chinese Ministry of Railways to supply 80 ZEFIRO 380 high-speed trains for China’s growing network.
So what about the U.S.?
Well, the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act — more familiarly known as the stimulus bill — provides $8 billion for inter-city and high-speed rail projects. That’s considerably more than high-speed rail received during the Bush years. But it’s not nearly enough.
A few weeks ago, I attended the teabagger protests in D.C. The thing I noticed the most about the folks there was that, for the most part, they were friendly, nice, hardworking people. Sure, there were some crazies; sure, there were some racists. For the most part, though, they looked like the type of folks I grew up with in the labor movement, coming to D.C. more »