Tag Archives: Clean Tech

Correcting the Record on the “Cleantech Crash”

JoeRommKatieFehrenbacherIf you watched last weekend’s 60 Minutes piece on the so called “Cleantech Crash,” you might have taken a moment to check the channel and make sure you weren’t watching Fox News. The story focuses almost exclusively on failed companies that have received government support with no coverage of clean technology successes, no information on the success/failure ratio of other venture capital investments, and no mention of all the taxpayer money that goes to support traditional, polluting energy technology. Instead the venture is depicted as an unmitigated fiasco and an embarrassing folly on the part of President Obama.

This most recent episode of the popular CBS news show has been widely criticized as having a Fox News-y flavor. It’s not entirely surprising when you consider that the current president of CBS News, David Rhodes, spent about 15 years at Fox News. Host Alex Wise‘s guests today on Sea Change Radio are Joe Romm of Climate Progress and formerly of the US Dept. of Energy, and Katie Fehrenbacher a senior writer at GigaOM. Each of them wrote a response to the 60 Minutes show, and today they offer their takes on how the news giant got it wrong, from interviewing the wrong people, to providing no actual data, to pulling out that old, rusty lightning-rod, Solyndra.

Cream Skimming: Cows & CleanTech

What does it look like when a dirty industry goes clean?  And can an ethical company be a profitable one?  This week on Sea Change Radio, host Alex Wise talks to two people who work in very different industries: dairy processing and capitalism.  His first guest is Brie Johnson from Straus Family Creamery who talks about practices that make milk production a more sustainable, less polluting and cleaner enterprise.  Then he speaks with venture capitalist, Tom Blaisdell of DCM, about Clean Technology – where the concept of efficiency links the strange bedfellows of investment capitalism and sustainability.

Saving Landfills from Unnecessary Waste, and CleanTech Innovation from Undue Corporate Influence

Sea Change Radio West Coast Correspondent Alex Wise speaks with Karen Nelsen, co-founder of EarthBaby, which produces compostable diapers.  Alex also talks with clean tech analyst and green business investor, Daniel Hunt, about corporate interests crowding out ecological progress.

Whose Commonwealth Is It?

Welcome to the final episode in our Sea Change series, Back to the Future. Journalist and policy strategist David Bollier tells us about the idea of the commons; wind energy expert Patrick Quinlan talks about wind power in Massachusetts and how it has become a battleground over competing definitions of the commons; wind developer Dan Juhl talks about community wind power; and historian Kerry Buckley sums up the lessons of our series. Continue reading

Climate Bill: Pass or Fail?

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The Waxman-Markey Climate Bill is making its way through Congress, and stirring up controversy within the environmental movement between those who support it as a necessary first step, and those who think it’s fatally flawed.  Sea Change Radio talks with both sides.  Joe Romm, editor of the ClimateProgress.org blog and a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, favors passing the Bill.  Carroll Muffett of Greenpeace says the bill fails to address key issues in solving the climate crisis.

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Closing the Climate Feedback Loop

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Lars Klüver
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Colin and Carrick McCullough

Lars Klüver of the Danish Board of Technology talks about the World Wide Views on Global Warming project he directs that will gather opinions of everyday citizens in 45 countries globally in September 2009 to feed into negotiations at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) in Copenhagen in December 2009.  And Colin and Carrick McCullough of OurRenewableNation.org talk about their “cross-country eco-video adventure” where they will visit, video, and interview folks advancing sustainability solutions — as well as everyday folks on their thoughts about climate change and this shift toward renewable energy.  Finally, this week’s Sea Change ViewPoint comes from Nell Minow of The Corporate Library with commentary on first steps on toxic assets.

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Village to Reinvent the World – Creating a Sustainable Community

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Journalist Alan Weisman talks about his book [amazon-product text=”GAVIOTAS: A Village to Reinvent the World” type=”text”]1603580565[/amazon-product], reissued late last year by Chelsea Green Publishing on the 10th anniversary of its first edition.  And in the News Analysis, Rob Weissman of Wall Street Watch talks about its new report, Sold Out: How Wall Street and Washington Betrayed America. And support Sea Change in the Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Changing Climate Change Contest by clicking here.  Finally, Sea Change is on Twitter — we’ll tweet you if you tweet us.

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The Mindful Path to Sustainability

stephaniekazaStephanie Kaza links buddhism and sustainability in her new book, [amazon-product text=”Mindfully Green: A Personal and Spiritual Guide to Whole Earth Thinking” type=”text”]1590305833[/amazon-product].  Sea Change Co-Host Francesca Rheannon covers coal protests at the Mount Tom Power Plant in Holyoke, Massachusetts, where she interviewed local activists Glen Ayers and Tina Clarke.  And finally, this week’s ViewPoint comes from Business for Social Responsibility CEO Aron Cramer, who proposes three corporate reforms.

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