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Myths and realities of clean technologies

Myths and realities of clean technologies | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Don’t be fooled by high-profile setbacks. The cleantech sector is gaining steam—with less and less regulatory assistance. A McKinsey & Company article.
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Very optimistic McKinsey analysis about the growth of clean technologies.

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Clean energy as culture war

Clean energy as culture war | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Conservatives say the American way is to use more and pay less, Walmart-style. No wonder they're scared about the shift to clean energy and sustainability.

 

Good article by David Roberts on the Grist about how clean energy is quickly replacing climate change as enemy number one of the American way of life.

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Predictions for cleantech in 2012

Predictions for cleantech in 2012 | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
What will 2012 have in store for the cleantech/greentech market? Kachan & Co. offers its predictions for the new year, calling 2012 a mixed bag for cleantech.

 

This is an incredibly interesting and well-written report about the outlook for the clean technology in 2012. It lists opportunities as well as challenges and is a must-read for anyone interested in this sector.

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Financial regulation – biased against clean energy and green infrastructure?

Financial regulation – biased against clean energy and green infrastructure? | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

"Regulation of banks, insurance companies and pension funds – even the ownership structures available for different types of assets and the way that public finances are accounted for – can conspire against sustainable investment in three distinct ways."

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Interesting report from Bloomberg's New Energy Finance

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China's Janus-face on energy and climate policy

China's Janus-face on energy and climate policy | The Great Transition | Scoop.it

Western environmentalists are often pointing to the clean energy leadership of China to convince their own leaders to act faster and clean up their act. The problem is that China's energy policy also has its dark (coal) side.

 

Richard Heinberg provides some of the ugly figures behind China's coal consumption. The country will burn over 4 billion tonnes of coal in 2012 and produces  greenhouse gas emissions of over 8.8 billion tonnes.

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Look out: Fossil fuels may be out-innovating green tech

Look out: Fossil fuels may be out-innovating green tech | The Great Transition | Scoop.it
Cheap natural gas from 'fracking' shale rock and other unconventional fossil fuels are making life tough for cleantech. Read this blog post by Martin LaMonica on Green Tech.
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