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Oil monarch's $1.5 billion Star Trek theme park will run on green energy

King Abdullah of Jordan is probably the world's richest Star Trek fan, which explains why he's able to drop the GDP of Burundi on a theme park to celebrate his pop culture obsession. The good news is that the theme park will also be a showcase for cleantech, and will run on some kind of non-specified "green" power. To which we say: "lupDujHomwIj lubuy'moH gharghmey!" Which is Klingon for "my hovercraft is full of eels."

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Majora Carter to launch national brand for local produce

Majora Carter.Cross-posted from Solutions Journal. Born and raised in the South Bronx, Majora Carter is best known for leading the effort to create the South Bronx Greenway: 11 miles of bike and pedestrian paths that connect the rivers and neighborhoods to the rest of the city. In 2001, when few people were talking about sustainability in poor neighborhoods, she pioneered one of the nation's first urban green-collar job training and placement systems. Her organization, Sustainable South Bronx, advocates new policies and legislation that fuel demand for green jobs in marginalized neighborhoods, focusing on intensive urban forestation, green building, and creating …

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Warren Buffet's crazy-like-a-fox plan to revive America's auto industry

Warren Buffett, legendary investor and one of the world's richest people, is about to leverage his part-ownership of China's largest battery manufacturer to deliver a shot in the arm to America's ailing auto industry. Here, apparently, is how he plans to do it: BYD autos, one of his few overseas investments, into which he plunged $230 million in 2008, may finally bring Chinese-made electric vehicles to the U.S. But batteries are very heavy and therefore expensive to ship thousands of miles! Also, Buffett is a known patriot, so if his Chinese holding makes all that stuff overseas and just ships …

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Dudefest no more? Women are infiltrating cleantech

Check out our list of the top 12 women in cleantech.Clean energy is one of the most dynamic sectors in the world -- hot start-ups, technological whizbangery, cutthroat competition, billions in venture-capital investments, a race against the climate clock.  But there's one aspect of the clean-energy field that's just as sclerotic as the world of fossil fuels: patriarchy. Men invented, engineered, invested in, and presided over the technologies and companies that made oil, coal, and natural gas the dominant fuels of our time. And now men are running the show at most of the firms pushing renewables, efficiency, clean cars, …

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There are now more green jobs than brown ones, and they pay better

Green technology and clean power are now employing more people than the fossil fuels industries, says the Brookings Institution. A separate analysis of the same data indicates that the cleantech sector of those green jobs offer median wages that are 20 percent better than regular jobs. And the rate of job creation in this sector was twice that of the regular economy from 2003-2010. All this despite the notoriously inconsistent support for green jobs in the U.S.! What's more, cleantech is now bigger than biotech (though not information technology, which is a monster). Still, authors of the Brookings report argue …

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Critical List: It’s hot; 2.7 million Americans work in clean energy

It's hot. It's hot. It's hooooottttt. You want green jobs? Here are your green jobs: 2.7 million Americans are employed in the clean energy economy, according to a new report from the Brookings Institution. But that could all end with a drop-off in government subsidies across the world. Nike, Adidas, Puma, Lacoste, and H&M have a relationship with a Chinese factory that pollutes rivers like you won't believe. The House Appropriations Committee passed a major funding bill that cuts the EPA's budget, delays carbon regulation, and allows mining in the Grand Canyon. At Dartmouth, tiny trash cans cut 200 tons …

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Green jobs growing even as economy wilts

Image: Indeed.comCross-posted from Climate Progress. Last month's bleak jobs report is a reminder of just how deep our economic troubles are: With only 18,000 jobs created and the unemployment rate creeping up to 9.2 percent, the hangover from 2008's financial implosion is still with us. But a look at the increase in postings for clean energy and sustainability-related jobs anecdotally suggests that the "sustainability" sector is faring better than most, according to the Wall Street Journal: In the past two years, the number of online job postings containing the keyword "sustainability" has more than quadrupled to 8,245 in May, according …

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While the economy suffers, we're shipping millions of green jobs overseas

The latest numbers from the Labor Department are out, and the jobs picture is ugly -- the private sector is stagnant, and government is laying off workers in droves. Good thing we've got our Yankee ingenuity and forward-thinking leaders to help us dig out of this hole! Except, oh wait, it appears we're busy exporting jobs in the only industries that are expected to experience significant growth in the 21st century. For example, America just lost approximately 1 million jobs to Europe simply because Boeing has been unwilling to invest in fuel efficiency as aggressively as Airbus, which is now …

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In defense of 'green jobs'

The phrase "green jobs" started as a kind of sloganized shorthand for a broader argument about clean technology as a source of economic growth and competitiveness in the 21st century. For some reason, it ended up being taken far too literally by both advocates and detractors, leading to a series of bean-counting skirmishes that cast more heat than light. I've generally not gotten involved, but I confess I am weary of posts like this one from Stephen Gordon in The Globe and Mail that presume to lecture greens as though they are slow-witted children. If you will indulge me in …

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Finding a role for everyone in the sustainability revolution

Photo: Edu Van GelderI met Focus the Nation's Garett Brennan at an event in Seattle a few months back and was favorably impressed, so it was nice to see Andy Revkin give him some space. FtN is trying to help people find their place in the clean energy revolution. They've divided their training program according to four roles: Innovators, Technicians, Storytellers, and Politicos. They train young people in whichever role they're best suited to, while helping them draw on the skills of others. Here's how Brennan describes it: Self-identified Innovators and Technicians are not going to march in the streets. …