May 8, 2020
Commentary – A no-brainer stimulus idea: Electrify USPS mail trucks
Source: David Roberts, Vox, April 22, 2020. The boxy, whiny postal truck that is so familiar to Americans, with the driver on the right next to a loud sliding door, is called a Grumman Long Life Vehicle (LLV). As of 2018, the US Postal Service owns and operates 229,000 total vehicles, more than 141,000 of […]

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May 1, 2020
Member Profile #2- Michael Smith, Impact Bioenergy
Source: Michael Smith, May 1, 2020 CleanTech Alliance members are combating the coronavirus and adapting to its challenges every day.   In an effort to inspire and connect our members in these difficult times, the CleanTech Alliance is publishing a series of profiles to highlight how are members are adjusting to this new normal.  You can read our first profile on Eric […]

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April 22, 2020
Commentary: U.N. chief says there’s a bigger threat than coronavirus
Source: Ryan Heath, Politico, April 21, 2020 NEW YORK — United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres will use a video speech marking the 50th Earth Day on Wednesday to confront President Donald Trump and directly link coronavirus with climate change. The stark language of Guterres’ prepared remarks, obtained by POLITICO, marks a new willingness by the U.N. chief […]

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April 16, 2020
The Scientists Taking Atomic-Level Pictures Of The Coronavirus
Source: James Conca, Forbes, April 14, 2020 The novel coronavirus, named SARS-CoV-2 and the disease it causes named coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19, is sweeping across the planet. It packs an outer armament of 27 specialized proteins, each one having a unique and incredibly complex 3-dimensional structure that helps the virus infect humans, replicate itself by the billions, and […]

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March 26, 2020
Commentary – How Will The Coronavirus Affect Energy Use In America?
Source: James Conca, Forbes, March 23, 2020 There is little doubt that the world has entered a global economic recession as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Every recession lowers energy use, and this one may be a whopper. The 2008 financial crisis, and the Great Recession that followed, had a pronounced negative impact on the oil and gas sector, sending the […]

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March 26, 2020
Commentary – TMI, Jimmy Carter and the Nuclear Cost Myth
Source: Tri-Cities Public Relations, March 25, 2020 While attending one of my company board meetings a few years back in Pasco, Wash., I introduced myself to a No-Nukes Northwest representative from Portland, Ore. She said she was at Three Mile Island, near Harrisburg, Penn., 41 years ago following the partial nuclear reactor meltdown that released […]

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March 13, 2020
Commentary: Opportunity Knocks: An Alignment of Finance and Climate Concerns
By Jimmy Jia, Managing Partner, The Jia Group and CleanTech Alliance Board Member, LinkedIn, March 5, 2020. A major opportunity has appeared to capitalize on a seemingly contradictory, but fantastic convergence – the need to invest in climate actions and a general underfunding of energy efficiency measures in companies. Why fantastic? Let me explain. For […]

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February 28, 2020
Commentary: Can Electric Cars Rise In Time To Save Us? Washington State Says Yes
Source: James Conca, Forbes, Feb 27, 2020 On January 15, the Washington State Senate voted 26-23 to pass SB 5811, that essentially mandates that automakers dedicate a certain portion of their vehicle sales in the state to fully electric vehicles (EVs) by 2022, and that all new vehicles sold in the state must be electric by 2030. At the same time, our House passed HB1110, […]

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