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Now’s not the time to hide from cleantech’s challenges

December 2nd, 2011

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This piece was originally published by Grist.

In October, Third Way raised alarms that a decline in early stage venture capital investment in clean energy technologies threatened America’s ability to compete in the $2.3 trillion global clean energy market. Some in the clean energy community dismissed this warning, citing the massive growth of wind and solar capacity in the United States over the past 10 years. Others challenged the importance of early stage investments. They interpreted the decline in funding for new start-ups as a sign that investors were simply shifting their capital into cleantech companies that were nearing their initial public offerings.As long-time advocates of moving the United States to clean energy, we would be thrilled if either thesis was correct. Unfortunately, new analyses on the state of renewables in 2011 and venture investment show how far the United States has left to go. Read the rest of this entry »

A Carbon Price is a Bet America Needs to Make

May 26th, 2010

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This piece was originally posted on Huffington Post.

China today is driven by one number: eight. That’s the annual percentage growth in GDP China needs to lift the more than one-third of its population still mired in poverty into the middle class. That’s 600 million people in a country of 1.3 billion.

And how does China plan to do this?

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