Support Bill Barron for US Senate

Bill Barron is running as an independent for the United States Senate seat currently held by Republican Orrin Hatch, of Utah. Bill’s commitment to our achieving our absolute best in terms of stewardship of the natural environment, conservation of wilderness, natural resources and life-sustaining ecosystems, is the foundation for a campaign that will give Americans … Continue reading Support Bill Barron for US Senate

Inaugural edition of Poet Economist’s Deep Green Daily

Today, we launched the Poet Economist’s Deep Green Daily, a paper.li newspaper, compiled from curated Twitter feeds related to green and sustainable policy and technology breakthroughs. The inaugural editorial note went as follows:  Deep green economics means thinking beyond sustainability, to forge a future that is not only characterized by a balanced relationship with nature, … Continue reading Inaugural edition of Poet Economist’s Deep Green Daily

Building a Green Economy – presented at Corning Energy Conference

On Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, I had the great privilege of delivering the Building a Green Economy talk at the Energy Security conference in Corning, New York. I had the added privilege of headlining the conference with the great Bill McKibben, whose work organizing millions to raise their voices for responsible energy and climate policy … Continue reading Building a Green Economy – presented at Corning Energy Conference

Blueprint for a Renewable Energy Infrastructure Bank

We need a system of cooperative public-private infrastructure financing, a national infrastructure bank. But we also need to use that fabric of cooperative investment and output to foster specific areas of major improvement to our national economy. The model could be replicated across the world, but the US is uniquely positioned to deploy this solution … Continue reading Blueprint for a Renewable Energy Infrastructure Bank

Saturation vs. Scalability: Old & Costly vs. Clean & Efficient

Saturation means more of a given ingredient cannot be added to a given volume or fabric of activity, without spilling over, and being wasted. The fossil fuels market is saturated, in the sense that it cannot effectively capitalize on major new production investment without major new construction of productive facilities. The industry has effectively pushed … Continue reading Saturation vs. Scalability: Old & Costly vs. Clean & Efficient

Carbon Fee and Dividend: to Spur Job Creation, Industrial Boom

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Carbon → Fee → Dividend → Simple

  •    Fee on carbon-emitting fuels, at the source (mine, well, port of entry)
  •    100% of revenues returned, in equal shares, to every household, every month
  •    Non-protectionist border adjustment, to ensure level playing field
  •    Power over energy economy returned to consumers
  •    Major energy-sector investment flows to clean, renewable resources

The conventional wisdom on action to reduce carbon emissions is that it must be expensive, harmful to the economy, and result in less productive power generation. This is a blatant falsehood based on the outmoded idea that combustion is the most favorable way to harvest energy. All systems of carbon taxation or carbon emissions capping operate on the principle that applying economic pressure in a targeted way can inspire markets to change their behavior. This is the very logic of market-based economic systems.

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21st Century Business Needs to Learn to Deal with Uncertainty

It is a virtual mantra in the universe of political analysis that “business doesn’t like uncertainty”, and it is true that declining consumer spending, increasing fuel costs, squeeze profits and that in some cases, businesses worry about changes to the regulations they must follow. But uncertainty is the nature of an evolving global economy, and … Continue reading 21st Century Business Needs to Learn to Deal with Uncertainty

Global Climate Destabilization is Major Security & Economic Threat

The new administration in Washington, DC, has taken notice: climate change is not about a mild 1º increase in temperature on any given day; it is about a sweeping destabilization of global climate patterns, which could undermine the entire layout of civilization across the world. Building the infrastructure necessary for implementing and sustaining a green … Continue reading Global Climate Destabilization is Major Security & Economic Threat