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President Obama’s Energy Speech at MIT: A Field Report

It's not every day one is lucky enough to see the President of the United States speak. Add in the topic (energy), timing (eve of Senate hearings on the Climate Bill) and location (MIT) and you have a seriously major event.The crowd began lining up three hours before the scheduled start time to clear security and nab seats in the intimate (at least for a Presidential speech) Kresge Auditoium at MIT. On ...

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Obama’s MIT Speech Keeps New England in the Cleantech Spotlight

On the heels of the spectacular A123 IPO, President Barack Obama's "major" energy policy speech tomorrow at MIT keeps the cleantech spotlight on New England. It's a great validator for what I (and many others) believe about New England's role in the cleantech economy--we've got some some of world's biggest brains and it is through scientific innovation at places likes MIT that we'll solve the ener ...

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Cleantech is the New Leader in VC Funding

In retrospect it seemed inevitable, but according to a new report by the Cleantech Group and Deloitte & Touche, cleantech has emerged as the number one sector in U.S. venture capital investment. This is a big deal...literally. The numbers are staggering--in Q3 2009 $1.59 billion was invested in 134 cleantech companies.The report indicates that over the next few quarters cleantech is expected to stay on ...

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First Impressions from GoingGreen East

AlwaysOn GoingGreen East is underway here at the Four Seasons Boston. Some first impressions:Packed show. Despite the economy plenty of VCs, entrepreneurs, bankers, lawyers, cleantech pr types etc have deemed GoingGreen worth attendeding.Stellar panels. All top the VCs and east coast cleantech cos are here.Tone is realistic, not pessimistic. Cleantech cos will take off, it just may take a bit longer b/c of ...

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Renewablog Live from GoingGreen East

GoingGreen East starts tonight at the Four Seasons in Boston. Renewablog is on the job, posting, podcasting and tweeting (@mfarbs).As Scott Kirsner says, everyone from top VCs to Secretary of Energy/Environment Ian Bowles to the CEOs of 1366 Technologies, Ze-Gen, Mascoma, Oasys Water, and GreatPoint Energy will be in attendance. Check out both Renewablog and the live show feed on the GoingGreen site for rea ...

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Obama’s call to action

Every time President Obama delivers a major speech energy is front and center. Tuesday's Congressional address was no exception. His words:"Now is the time to act boldly and wisely, to not only revive this economy, but to build a new foundation for lasting prosperity.Now is the time to jump-start job creation, re-start lending, and invest in areas like energy, health care, and education that will grow ...

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Best Source for the Science

Yep, we here at Renewablog have our geek side. Spent part of my long weekend poring over a couple of old copies of the MIT Technology Review. They certainly know how to fuse clean tech science and business viability in a reader-friendly way.My favorite recent piece is the February cover on the "smart" grid. Actual reporting (site visit to GE Global Labs in NY) and killer graphics showing how the c ...

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Carbon Cap and Trade Batting Leadoff?

President -elect Barack Obama has consistently linked the importance of the economy and energy. His latest statement came via video at today's Global Climate Summit in Beverly Hills.In front of a large audience including twelve governors (yep, host Arnold Schwartzenegger was there too), Obama left no wiggle room for his Administration. He clearly stated that he will take an aggressive, multi-facted approach ...

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Getting Going at GoingGreen

A whole crew of Schwartzers is here at GoingGreen, a dynamite show on cleantech (full disclosure, Schwartz is a sponsor). The speaking list is a who's who of leaders in the space,  from both the investment and company sides. We'll be filing posts throughout the next two days.To paraphrase show head Tony Perkins, it's nice to be 3,000 miles away from Wall Street. Morgan Stanley has a big cleantech pract ...

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The Big Picture

Kids really ground you. They see things so simply.The folks at Pixar get this, and as a result make brilliant and poignant movies that speak to kids and the kids within all of us.Pixar's latest effort, Wall-E, is many things: a kid's movie, a love story, an homage to Chaplin. However, at its core, Wall-E is an elegant, beautiful, moving Silent Spring for the next generation.It's easy to get lost in the ...

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