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No Free Market for Energy

The idea that energy is a “free-market good” is a myth that needs to be abandoned. Subsidies for energy exist for good reason. The authors argue that in order to wean ourselves off hydrocarbon dependence, U.S. and global policies that subsidize oil and gas production at higher rates than renewable energy production need to be changed to reduce the bias in favor of hydrocarbons.

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Sundance Film Fest highlights “The Last Mountain”

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The Sundance Film Festival, which was held January 20-30, featured an online side venture sponsored by Timberland. That mini-site has trailers for four films that the boot company especially wanted to highlight, and those four films vied for the title Timberland Flick Pick.

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“The Efficiency Dilemma”: Does Saving More Mean Using More?

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If our machines use less energy, will we save energy? Or will we just use the machines more? That’s the engaging question explored in the 6-page story “The Efficiency Dilemma” by David Owen in the Dec 20 & Dec 27, 2010, issue of the New Yorker.

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Mitigating Climate Risks: The Business Challenge

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Think about the challenges involved in combating climate change, and issues like international cooperation, public opinion, public policy and technological innovation may all come to mind. But there's another key topic that may not come to mind quite as readily -- and that's a business challenge.

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Obama, at MIT, declares clean energy key to global economic leadership

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The nations of the world are in a "peaceful competition" to develop the energy technologies that will power the 21st century  -- and the nation that wins that competition will be the nation that will lead the global economy, U.S. President Barack Obama told an audience at MIT today.

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Innovation to the rescue?

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Will technology innovation eventually help lead the economy out of recession?   Simon Johnson of the MIT Sloan School of Management is predicting "a wave of entrepreneurship,"  which will start "right away" but whose total effect won't be felt for about five years, according to a recent article in The Boston Globe.

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