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Trends Impacting the Acceptance of Clean Energy Technology Archive for Trends

Collection of news stories that reflect thematic movement in the world toward acceptance of clean, alternative, and even hitherto marginalized 'free energy' technologies.

Stories in 2008

  • Solar >
    The Amish go solar – in a simple way - Solar energy has been used by a few of the technology-eschewing Amish for decades now. But with soaring energy costs, more families are putting sunlight-collecting panels on their barns and outbuildings. Indeed, area dealers report sales of solar systems to the Amish are up 30 percent to 50 percent this year alone. (Christian Science Monitor; Oct 27, 2008)
  • New Energy Economy Emerging in the United States - The old energy economy, fueled by oil, coal, and natural gas, is being replaced by one powered by wind, solar, and geothermal energy. The transition is moving at a pace and on a scale that we could not have imagined even a year ago. (Earth Policy Institute; Oct 15, 2008)
  • 10% of U.S. Domestic Energy Now Renewable - Renewables are simply best way to get energy domestically, and now with 10% of our energy (and rising) coming from these sources, the sun is looking that much brighter. (EcoGeek; Sept. 26, 2008)
  • A Foothold For Renewable Power? - The politics and economics of energy are shifting here in ways that foretell debates across the country as states create renewable-energy mandates and the federal government moves toward limiting carbon emissions. One advocate calls Colorado "ground zero" for the looming battle over energy. (CBS News; Aug, 18, 2008)
  • Trends
    Indonesia to push renewable energy - The president of Indonesia said that stung by high oil prices, his country plans to tap more into renewable energies and change course from a "nation that splurges" to one that saves. (PhysOrg; Aug. 15, 2008)
  • Building > Beijing 2008 Green Olympics >
    Beijing Leads in Race for Most Polluted Olympics - Among recent Olympics, Beijing looks to be the most polluted city. For comparison, take Atlanta, as measured by Georgia's air-monitoring authorities. During the 1996 Olympics, the daily concentration of PM10, the dominant pollutant in Beijing, was 31 micrograms per cubic meter of air. Beijing, even with the most optimistic spin on the data, is averaging 111 micrograms per cubic meter of air since July 20th, or more than three times Atlanta's level of pollution, according to the Chinese government. Independent sensors deployed by the BBC and AP have detected local levels reaching into the 300s. (Wired; August 7, 2008)
  • Alternative Energy Trends and Implications for Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Countries - "With the exception of biofuels, renewables are used for electricity and heat generation. For the foreseeable future, renewables are not in a position either to substitute oil as a transport fuel or replace oil and gas as feedstock for the petrochemical industry on a large scale in the form of bioplastic." (Lebanon Daily Star; August 4, 2008)
  • Investment > Only Greentech Can Save U.S. Economy, Says Über-Investor - Ultra-rich American, Michael Novogratz, president of the Fortress Investment Group, said we need another wealth-generating economic bubble. And that, must come -- can only come -- from new energy sources and green technology. (Wired; May 09, 2008)(Thanks Tedd St. Rain)
  • Robotic Environmental Risk Assessment Rover by EcoArtTech - Solar powered and GPS-oriented, the ERAR analyzes data from its surroundings, including air quality, local traffic accidents, and current terrorist warning levels. The rover breaks its findings down into fourteen unique categories. (Inhabitat; May 3, 2008)
  • Truckers Protest, the Resistance Begins - On April 1, in a wave of defiance, truck drivers began taking the strongest form of action they can take – inaction. Faced with $4/gallon diesel fuel, they slowed down, shut down and started honking. (Barbara's Bog; April 7, 2008)
  • CEOs See Green Energy Policies Preserving US Jobs - It's not often you hear executives from the biggest US industries and a Republican governor clamoring for stronger regulations on climate change. But that's exactly what they want. (Environmental News Network; March 15, 2008)
  • Southern Baptist leaders urge climate change action - Influential Southern Baptist leaders are seeking to move the country's largest Protestant denomination - and one of its more conservative - beyond its skeptical stance on climate change to keep step with a growing 'green' awareness in the evangelical community. (Christian Science Monitor; March 12, 2008)
  • Thou Shalt Not Pollute - The Vatican has added seven modern sins, including: "You offend God ... by ruining the environment, carrying out morally debatable scientific experiments, or allowing genetic manipulations which alter DNA or compromise embryos." (New Scientist; March 10, 2008) (Reuters)
  • Abu Dhabi Commits US$15 Billion to Clean Energy Technology - This is the largest single government commitment to "future energy", and it comes from a country that has been a leader in the field of hydrocarbons for nearly half a century. The initial investment targets include solar, wind and hydrogen power; carbon reduction and management; as well as sustainable development. (Masdar; Jan. 21, 2008)

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