August 28, 2011
Kevin Brown is cofounder of Cleantech Alliance Mid-Atlantic (cleantechma.org) Philadelphia identifies with underdogs: Rocky, the Eagles, and now energy. When business people or policymakers think of Philly, they naturally jump to the Big Five: pharmaceuticals, higher education, legal, finance, and technology. Clean tech, or renewable energy, rarely makes the list. But that's about to change. We have the potential to be a full-fledged front-runner in one of the hottest growth industries.
August 28, 2011
Jim Geraghty is a contributing editor at National Review magazine and regularly appears on CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News Our current blazingly hot summer is spurring another go-round of exhausted arguments about climate change, whether it is "real" and "is it man-made?" Ideally, the national discussion would move past those questions. Whether the phenomenon is exaggerated or whatever the cause, the uncomfortable fact is that very few climate scientists believe that the process is significantly reversible, and certainly not by unilateral U.S. action.
August 25, 2011
By Victor Davis Hanson To newly inaugurated President Obama and his prime-the-pump technocrats, the logic seemed so simple: America's problem was a struggling economy. The solution was to spread around even more borrowed government money. The result would be a return to prosperity. But after nearly three years and almost $5 trillion more in borrowed "stimulus," things have only gotten worse. Unemployment is stuck at 9.1 percent. Consumer confidence is approaching a record low. The stock market is tanking.
August 20, 2011
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday awarded the state a $300,000 grant to recruit, train, and place Camden residents in "green" jobs. Seventy-two students will be trained at Camden County College to assess and clean up contaminated sites in Camden and elsewhere in the state. There are about 700 such sites in Camden alone. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which received the grant, will work with community organizations in the city to place graduates in environmental jobs.
June 7, 2011 |
Can you miss something you never really had? The Associated Press reported over the weekend that South Korean electric-vehicle maker CT&T Co. Ltd. won't be building final-assembly operations in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Had the manufacturer of the e-Zone two-seater followed through on its intentions and set up in Philadelphia, it could have meant up to 200 jobs. (I wrote about CT&T's plans in September 2009 after its representatives had met with Mayor Nutter .) But Pennsylvania is far from the only state to see red when promised green jobs did not materialize.
June 19, 2010
Blame oil spill on lack of regulation I do not want to let BP off the hook for the Gulf disaster that will affect people, wildlife, and nature for years to come. But demonizing BP takes others off the hook. And they are equally responsible for this disaster. Those others? Our elected officials who, due to "campaign contributions," consistently have refused to enact tough laws and regulations governing offshore drilling operations. These never-enacted laws would not have allowed this massive leak to occur in the first place.
June 15, 2010
Pennsylvania will receive $500,000 in federal grant money to provide military veterans with training for environmentally friendly jobs, the U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday. The award is among 22 grants nationwide, totaling $9 million. For Pennsylvania, this is the second year it has received a Veterans' Employment and Training Service grant. New Jersey did not receive a grant. Assistant Labor Secretary Raymond Jefferson said the grants this year will help provide 4,000 veterans with training for renewable energy, or green, jobs.
June 15, 2010 |
Government is not especially good at picking winners in the free market, including in the energy sector. Despite a lot of hoopla and subsidies, for example, corn-based ethanol has proven for the most part to be a nonstarter. On the other hand, entrepreneurs have discovered that recycled cooking oil can be used to fuel vehicles, and many major energy companies are looking at algae as a potential alternative-energy resource. Today, we have state and federal subsidies being poured into solar and wind power, although these may not turn out to be the most practical options (certainly not in every region of the country)
June 2, 2010
Sustainability entrepreneur Charlie Szoradi is offering $1 million in green-jobs scholarships through his GreenandSave Eco Academy in Devon. To qualify, recipients must be either U.S. veterans, home-installation contractors, home inspectors or real estate agents, and apply by July 4. The money would be used for training specialists in green building and energy conservation. For more information, visit www.EcoAcademy.com . "We're seeding the job opportunity market to ensure we provide opportunities that attract, educate, train and provide excellent, long-term careers for a whole new class of green-energy workers," Szoradi said.
March 3, 2010 |
In his eighth and final budget address last month, Gov. Rendell repeatedly criticized "special interests" for stymieing his legislative proposals. He said, " ... the time has come to put stricter controls not simply on what they report, but on what they do. " And he called for a cap on special-interest groups' campaign contributions, implying that such limits would lower the hurdles for his policy proposals. So it was ironic when, just days after the governor hammered special interests, I heard from dozens of Rendell's fellow Democrats in the state House, who wanted me to contribute amounts ranging from $250 to $5,000 to their reelection campaigns.