Barack Obama: A Mediocre Energy President

Barack Obama: A Mediocre Energy President

Critique of the Obama presidency’s energy policies. This post makes the painfully accurate point that the Obama administration has essentially given the big Wall Street bankers a free pass and has bailed them out and shielded them from having to bear the consequences of their greed driven risky investments; while at the same time he is attacking the domestic US oil industry.

Energy Policy by Crisis

Energy Policy by Crisis

Talks about a sobering scenario, called Oil Shock Wave played out at the National Summit on Energy Security that simulated a cabinet level crisis meeting following an oil supply disruption that illustrated the profound dependence of our society to imported crude oil and all the vulnerabilities that result from that unhealthy dependence.

20 Questions To Ask Your Sustainability Reporting Manager

20 Questions To Ask Your Sustainability Reporting Manager

In this post Elaine focuses on the importance of critically reviewing the organization’s sustainability reporting by posing and then speaking to a series of questions that focus in on various aspects of how to evaluate the current state of an organizations sustainability reporting.

Energy Issues Could Help Define the 2012 Republican Primary

Energy Issues Could Help Define the 2012 Republican Primary

Argues that energy and environmental issues, and the candidate stances on them, will play a large role in the 2012 presidential election. While president Obama’s position may be well known, for most Americans the platforms of the Republican candidates are just now coming into focus.

Watts Up: Does Virtualization Really Save Energy?

Watts Up: Does Virtualization Really Save Energy?

Lays out the case for how using virtualization can save very significant amounts of energy, especially in large data centers. Breaks down resource requirements in terms of RAM, storage and ultimately cooling for a stand alone server configuration and a comparable virtualization configuration and builds a case for why and how virtualization can significantly reduce energy usage requirements for data centers.

Facing the Dirty Truth About Recyclable Plastics

Facing the Dirty Truth About Recyclable Plastics

The recyclable plastic bags you get at the green grocer are not biodegradable. But product life-cycle assessments, which are about to become more prominent in the marketplace, fail to consider whether those bags will break down in landfills or just end up as litter.

Sustainability – The Value of Integrated Reporting

Sustainability – The Value of Integrated Reporting

Sustainability is a business practice important to all businesses of all sizes that is beginning to impact across the entire supply chain, as more and more global firms begin to see securing a green supply chain as a strategic priority. Integrated reporting increases the transparency of the organization, highlighting the issues and the impacts towards governance and structure.

Renewables Give Us More Power Than Nuclear

Renewables Give Us More Power Than Nuclear

Discusses the recent news that renewable energy (including hydro as well) now supplies more electricity to the US grid than does nuclear power. The post then goes on to list some large solar and wind projects in advanced stages of the development pipeline as a reason for being optimistic that the solar and wind side of the renewables is rapidly growing in scale.