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President, U.S. Public Both Advocate Action On Climate Change

 As expected, President Barack Obama followed up his inaugural address with stronger climate and energy rhetoric during Tuesday night’s State of the Union address. He urged Congress to pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change, but also pressed the issue further:“But if Congress won't act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my cabinet to come up with ...

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Solar Power International 2012: Bill Clinton on Solar, Creative Cooperation and Free Beer Tomorrow

Whatever your political affiliation or personal opinion of the man, there’s no denying Bill Clinton’s skills as an orator. Fresh off his DNC speech (which is already being described as one of the best of his career), the former president spoke to a room full of solar folks today at Solar Power International (SPI). His talk was filled with kudos, ideas and some straight dope on where he sees the ...

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Why SCOTUS Decision on Healthcare is Good for Cleantech

I know that today people will be inundated with posts and stories that look to make stretch connections to the monumental and historic healthcare decision made today by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). So my apologies in advance, as I am about to join that chorus!I believe that today's decision is a positive thing for the cleantech industry for a few reasons. And so, here we go:Obama's secon ...

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Would GOP Success in November Mean Doom for Cleantech?

With 21st century politics at their most polarizing since the battles of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams (Alien & Sedition Acts anyone?), there is a lot of talk of hypotheticals based on various election scenarios for the House, Senate and White House. Speculation is that the expert predicted best case scenario for the GOP (maintain control of the House, even split in the Senate and capturing the White ...

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Copy of Climate Bill Available for Download: Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act

The full, 821-page Climate Bill, aka the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act, is available here.Kerry's synopsis, focusing on green collar jobs, national security and the broader economy is here.We'll have some thoughts on the bill as a whole, including the public relations, public affairs and funding implications for Cleantech Companies soon.My apologies to the Senior Senator from Massachusetts as the ...

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Climate Bill Summary: The American Power Act of 2010

The Hill has a Climate Bill summary document this morning that was circulated among staffers which gives a bit more detail on exact provisions in the final bill. While it is light on details and specifics, it does outline some key initiatives that will no doubt have the Cleantech media, public relations and public affairs waorlds buzzing all day.Some highlights:-The legislation will establish a clean techno ...

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Quick Hits: State of the Union; Climate Change and the SEC; How Green is Apple iPad?

Between Apple iPad and the State of the Union, yesterday was a really interesting day in the world of technology, green and PR. Some quick thoughts on what transpired:State of the Union, Green Policy & the SEC: I was pleasantly surprised at once again, how aggressively the President tied energy and cleantech to the economy and positioned cleantech as critical to the US' position as a world leader in tec ...

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Muddled Climate Policy the Backdrop for Retech, Renewable Energy World

It's been awhile since we posted on Renewablog and with good reason. After a very busy 2009 in which we saw the federal government's attitude toward renewables and cleantech change overnight, the blog team went on a short hiatus to focus on 2010 client planning.It also served as good time to reflect on what worked in 2009 from a green public relations, government relations and search-engine marketing perspe ...

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Cash for Caulkers Creator Comes to GreenBeat 2009; Weatherization TNBT?

This afternoon at GreenBeat 2009, John Doerr will give a keynote focused on the main theme of the event: The Smart Grid. With the recent $3.4 billion in stimulus funds allocated to projects, the smart grid market has a PR problem, becoming a lightening rod for debate about its cleantech and stimulus credentials.I am of the personal opinion that any technology that reduces our energy use is cleantech. I also ...

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Good PR for Green Manufacturing: Studies Show Job Growth

Monday morning saw two pieces of good news for the Green Economy as it relates to job creation.A study published by three universities shows that President Obama's focus on Green Collar jobs will help create 1.9 million jobs and boost annual household income by $1000. If the $1000 figure focuses on an increase in gross household income, the study likely fails to measure the increase in discretionary househo ...

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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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