Terry Tamminen

Terry Tamminen is the former secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and is now a policy adviser and author. His latest book is Watercolors: How JJ the Whale Saved Us.

  • We Must Lead It

    In his inaugural address this week, President Obama committed us to get back to work on the challenge of a sustainable energy future. “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would …

  • How to Profit From Climate Change

    As the world assembles in Doha to debate climate change policy, solutions, and costs, few attendees at “COP18” are looking at this as a profit-making opportunity. If they did, there might be agreements among nations instead of continued gridlock and …

  • How the New Politics May Be Hazardous to Your Health

    After the 2000 census, many states used politics and innovative mapping technology to gerrymander new electoral districts to lock in gains for one party or the other. California politicians, for example, drew new “safe” seats and the result was hyper-partisanship …

  • Should Walmart Write America’s Energy Plan?

    Recent campaign stops by Mitt Romney and President Obama could not provide a more stark contrast of energy policies. Romney promises coal miners that he’s in favor of energy from “below the ground”, albeit preferring domestic sources of all fossil …

  • Is New Nuclear Energy Just Mission Impossible?

    Until headlines last week announced the end of his marriage to Katie Holmes, it seemed there was no mission too impossible for Tom Cruise to accomplish. But even his cool, Burj Khalifa-climbing character in the famous film franchise might refuse …

  • Give Solar Panels a Break

    When I helped Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger create the Million Solar Roofs Initiative in California a few years ago, we designed it to stimulate mass production of solar panels to bring down cost. What we didn’t anticipate was that the building …

  • Waste not, want not

    is a zero-waste society plausible and profitable, or just a pipe dream? Examples from around the world suggest the former.

  • Finding your force multiplier

    It means looking at existing resources and asking, “What more could we get out of what we already have or already spend?”

  • Three things that will cost more in 2012 — and one that will cost less

    What’s trending in Q1 of 2012? Three things that will cost more going forward and one that will definitely be heading down — and the causes behind all four are the same.