Monthly Archives: December 2011

Stewards of Other People’s Money… and The Planet

Socially responsible capitalism – is this an oxymoron? Not according to this week’s guest on Sea Change Radio. Graham Sinclair is a South African sustainable investment consultant and the President of the Africa Sustainable Investment Forum. Money managers like him attract conscientious investors, using the tools of capitalism to pressure corporations to be more socially responsible. Today, Sinclair talks about the past and future of sustainable investing, and what it means for corporations, investors and consumers. Host Alex Wise also discusses with Sinclair the particular importance of socially responsible investment strategies in developing countries.

The Peaks & Valleys of Clean Energy Innovation

The bankruptcy of solar startup, Solyndra, earlier this year had the clean energy naysayers up-in-arms, saying that Solyndra’s demise proved that governments shouldn’t be wasting taxpayer money on businesses that could fail. We all know that startup businesses are inherently risky and in the clean energy space, they can be quite expensive but who’s better suited to foot the bill and assume the risk, private companies or government-backed efforts?

This week on Sea Change Radio, we welcome back to the show, Jesse Jenkins, the Director of Energy and Climate Policy at the Breakthrough Institute, a leading progressive public policy think tank. Jenkins and host Alex Wise discuss his white paper titled “Bridging the Clean Energy Valleys of Death” which gives an overview of the challenges facing clean energy commercialization and outlines proposals that may allow green technologies and entrepreneurs to better compete with their fossil fuel-based brethren.

An Eco-Literate Conversation With Richard Heinberg

This week on Sea Change Radio, host Alex Wise talks with Richard Heinberg, author and senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute who’s written extensively on energy, economic, and ecological issues. The last time he was a guest on this program, he described some of the fundamental problems surrounding our carbon-based economy outlined in his book, The End of Growth.  This week we welcome Mr. Heinberg back to the show as we discuss his latest article published in Energy Bulletin titled, What We Are For. In the next half hour, listen as Richard Heinberg gives us his thoughts on how to promote eco-literacy, why empowering women is good for the planet, and what environmentalists can learn from the Occupy Movement.

Busting Convention With The Combustion Engine

Do you ever try to envision a world where all the cars are electric – quiet, clean and carbon-neutral? Sounds great, but the truth is that the shift to a fossil-free fleet of vehicles on this planet is likely to be a slow cumbersome process that unfolds over several decades. In the meantime, however, there are some bright, inventive minds trying to ease the pain associated with the dirty, carbon-intensive status quo.

This week on Sea Change Radio, host Alex Wise speaks to two men whose start-up companies are reworking the old-fashioned combustion engine into cleaner, greener machines – a seemingly simple solution whose time should have come long ago. First, we hear from David Johnson, the CEO of Achates Power, whose new version of the diesel engine promises to significantly upgrade transport and hauling. Then, Alex talks to Ron Hoge, whose company, Pinnacle Engines, is building car motors that are more efficient but can be dropped right into existing automotive assembly-lines with minimal modifications. This week on Sea Change Radio, a practical interim solution to the carbon-free utopia we all dream of.