Home Hydrogen Stations are a Waste of Time

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The Department of Energy (DOE) is collecting information on how best to promote an “H-Prize” for a home hydrogen filling station. Unfortunately, the DOE is not the only organization that talks about home hydrogen filling stations as if they were the holy grail of hydrogen convergence (i.e. a lot of very serious do). For those …

Now that Globalization has ended

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Unlike Neoliberalism, Globalization passed it expiration date on July 26th, 2006. Although there are many factors that contributed to its demise, the two most important factors are the arrival of “peak oil” sometime in 2005 and the success of Neoliberalism. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, the challenge is how to manage this post-Globalization transition …

What’s needed in This Year’s State of the Union

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Every year, modern Presidents have given speeches that outline where they want to take the country in the coming year and for the rest of their term. This speech is called the State of Union and President Barack Obama will give this year’s speech tomorrow. Previews of the speech suggest that the President will layout …

What is the Biggest Strategic Uncertainty for Lesser Industrialized Communities

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While a lot of very serious people are shocked by the drop in Gross Domestic Product (GDP), few have shown as much concern about the biggest strategic uncertainty for Lesser Industrialized Communities. As those tasked with supporting sustainability know, peak oil represents a much bigger strategic uncertainty than the GDP number because the acknowledgement will …

Peak Oil’s contribution to Global Warming

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There is a big debate going on in America about the arrival of “peak oil” and its eventual impact. Some will say that peak oil has already arrived while others say that America is going through an oil-producing renaissance. For those tasked with supporting sustainability, the most under reported part of this debate is that …

Why talk about Peak Oil, Now?

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A lot of very serious people get really nervous when someone brings up the topic of peak oil. The reason is because the arrival of peak oil represents the biggest strategic uncertainty for those tasked with supporting sustainability. Also, the strategic options aren’t cheap or easy to implement for either lesser industrialized countries and for …

Will A Declaration of Hydrogen Convergence lead to New Enlightenment?

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A lot of very serious people can quote the most famous phrase from the Declaration of Independence which is “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” But many of these same scholars to feign ignorance of these concepts when it comes to sustainability. And very few apply any credence to notion that the pursuit of …

Hydrogen Convergence is a hedge against the Currency Cold War

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A lot of very serious people like to say that there is still plenty of time to embrace hydrogen convergence. Many of these so-called gurus haven’t acknowledged the arrival of peak oil. The real tragedy for the American people is that these are the same movers and shakers who missed the subprime mortgage crisis and …

World Economic Forum speaks out for University Reform

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This morning, the World Economic Forum issued a press release calling for university reform that will ensure that a college education will reflect the current job market. On the surface, this makes all the sense in the world. On the other hand, you and your peers may ask what happens when you have a techno …

Are You ready for Cleantech OC on Tuesday, September 18th

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September is the start of the Economic Development Season in the United States, which runs through the end of June. This year we at ebTDesign Forum would like to single out Cleantec OC as a great example of a “sustainability conference,” which we hope is a growing trend. The reason is because “sustainability” is the …