Japan’s Great Leap Forward, Feedstocks are Key to Green Company Values

Kyocera Announces Solar Storage for the Home

Apparently motivated, in part at least, by the Fukushima nuclear power disaster of last year, Japan has created legislation that permits “feed-in tariffs” for independent (including “home grown”) electric energy generation to be added to the national (or regional) grid power system(s). Home energy backup systems is a major perceived demand in Japan, at least according to Kyocera who are using batteries from Samsung along with solar panel arrays to

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Another Simple Energy Strategy: HSR

High Speed Rail

A recent discussion on a LinkedIn.com forum prompted me to add this response.

A number that gets bandied about a lot is that US$700 Billion which was allocated by the George W. Bush Administration as TARP Funds; loans to banks which had backed “toxic” assets. But let’s imagine we can erase past “mistakes” and re-allocate that amount to High Speed Rail (HSR). China has already built 4000 miles of high speed rail tracks according to at least one report I have seen. Now for s

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Tell Congress: STOP SOPA, STOP PIPA

Urgent appeal: SSP (“Stop Stupid Politicians”)

I am sure that somewhere, sometime, someone imagined that a “representative democracy” would be comprised of representatives who were the best and brightest, the most altruistic and incorruptible human beings in a society. (Okay, when you stop laughing at the naivety of that concept … keep reading this could be important to you and everyone’s future.)

Legislation has been introduced in the US Congress with the short titles SOPA and

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Green EXPORTS Development Bank (I proposed in Foreign Policy reply)

Foreign Policy Special Report

In Foreign Policy Magazine ‘s website here is a “special report” written by World Bank chief economist and senior vice president for development economics, Justin Yefu Lin, he suggests that $1 Trillion needs to be invested in development of infrastructure around the world, and that the need is urgent. In fact he says, in his final paragraph (and I heartily agree):

It’s time for rich and poor countries alike to join hands to literally build the future. Infras

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Occupy Needs 2 Organize, BECOME a GENIUS

#OWS

The basic problem with the “Occupy” movement is that they represent a wide variety of “complaints” but not a common goal. This is much like the “anti-Obama” sentiments that drove the election of the current Republican dominated House of Representatives. Lots of people had reasons to be “against” the current government, so they elected a bunch of yahoos whose idea of “governing” was to block everything rather than to effect positive change. “Occupy” needs positive goals that all (most

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Taxes Trivial, Africa Critical, Green Energy Remedial

LinkedIn.com Sparing

My sometimes sparing partner in discussion groups on the business networking website, LinkedIn.com, the very capable and intelligent Mr. Alan Falk, pointed readers of the Economy discussion group (sponsored and monitored by the White House, by the way) to an article on the Fisher Investments “Marketminder” website written by Amanda Williams. His quote consists of the final two paragraphs of her article which say this:
“But consider the fact that since the government

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An International Perspective – One More Time, Please

I live in the US now, although I was born in another country, which also causes me to appreciate that because of his “foreign” upbringing, President Obama is also tempering his view of the world with a more global perspective. It cannot be ignored, however that the influence of the “military industrial complex” (as former President Eisenhower identified it) and now the “money is speech” decision of the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) means that the US political direction has been fairly closely bound

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