Climate / Energy

What’s better than the Super Bowl? An award.

The highlight for most people this past weekend was the Super Bowl.  For me it was receiving the South Carolina Sierra Club’s Media Person of the Year award for my weekday talk-radio show.  The Sierra Club has appreciated the opportunity to talk about conservation, the environment and alternative renewable energy on the air with me […]

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Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Resources and Links

For members of the public, homeowners, green congregations, earth stewardship groups, environmentalists, businesses, and local governments wanting to reduce pollution and waste, save energy, and save money there are a number of free resources available on the Internet. The following list can provide a good starting place for solving energy problems. If you have a

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Solar and Recycling

The second week of the SC General Assembly starts today so it’s time for a few more issues from the South Carolina Small Business Chamber’s (SCSBCC) legislative agenda. SCSBCC has a long history of supporting renewable energy and conservation.   It’s safe to say that environmental groups have no bigger ally in the general business community

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Solyndra’s failure shouldn’t deter government investment in solar power

The Washington Post October 30, 2011 By Sherri Pittman Throughout our nation’s history, the federal government has played a critical role in scaling new industries and new technologies. From defense to computers and railroads to aviation, government investment has created thriving industries and good careers for generations of Americans. Today, clean energy technology, including solar, can

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Focus on the Solyndra default distracts from the benefits of solar

The Hill’s Congress Blog 10/19/11 By Thomas Alston, solar outreach and policy coordinator for U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona There is a segment of the U.S. economy that employs more than 100,000 people – and during the past year, employment in that segment grew by more than 6.8 percent.Compare that to the 0.7 percent

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POLL: Small Businesses Support Strong National Standards to Increase Energy Innovation, Prosperity for Small Firms

Small Business Majority: Small business owners don’t believe the anti-regulatory hype Washington, D.C. – Small business owners support strong national standards to increase energy innovation, according to a new national opinion poll of 1,200 small business owners released today by Small Business Majority. The poll, conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, found that 87 percent

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Here’s a change—Action instead of talk

Once again we are hearing the popular political refrain about small business being crucial to leading us out of the current economic malaise.  Yesterday President Obama announced his proposal that he believes will boost rural, small business economic development. According to a Bloomberg report  the President’s plan will include: (E)xpanded loan programs run by the Small

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EPA authority support

Yesterday The South Carolina Small Business Chamber signed on to the below statement.  For more background on our postion on this issue, click here.—————————————————————————————————— Senate Amendments to SBIR-STTR Blocking EPA’s Authority: Political Maneuvers that Will Do Nothing for Small Businesses Washington, DC – March 16, 2011 — We, the undersigned organizations representing a diverse set

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More than just an election this week

I was a little pre-occupied this week so I’m late with this blog.A little thing like an election sucked some energy out of me as it did most folks. But I was involved with some positive activities. My declaration expressing support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s power to regulate greenhouse gas was filed along with

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Good news on energy

Three interesting developments in the area of energy/climate this week. First, a blog in The Hill yesterday summarizes 4 recent poll results from ABC News/Washington Post, Wall Street Journal/NBC, USA Today/Gallup and Benenson Strategy Group. All showed strong public support for regulating greenhouse gasses and renewable energy. The blogger, David Di Martino, concludes, “American voters

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