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05 April: The Importance of History

The ability to see and make sense of history is an important, but often overlooked, skill for business leaders. We get so caught up in the “here and now” that the “there and then” of the past gets forgotten. The reality is that your ability to look back to the “there and then” helps you understand the “here and now.” The real value of connecting history with the present is enhancing our ability to…

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29 March: The Limits of Alternative Energy

One underlying assumption and premise of all alternative energy sources is that they will help the world move away from a dependence on carbon-based fossil fuels. The interest in moving away from carbon emissions will become more about reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the air and mitigating the effects of climate change. Enviva, founded in 2004, claims to be the world’s largest producer of…

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22 March: Transition Periods

I saw a great graphic in the New York Times recently. It showed just how long it will take for electric vehicles (EV’s) to supplant internal combustion engine (ICE), gasoline-powered cars. As of 2021, fewer than 1% of all the cars on the road are EVs, in spite of what you might think as you see so many Tesla’s tooling around. GM, and likely other automakers, will stop producing ICE cars by 203…

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15 March: Not Your Father's Nuclear Energy

For the common person, or even the dedicated environmentalist, nuclear power doesn’t seem to belong in the conversation about alternative energy. It’s unstable, dangerous, and produces toxic waste that lasts for eons. That describes first-generation nuclear power: massive facilities the produced thousands of gigawatts of energy. Turns out that if you look hard enough, you’ll see that second…

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08 March: Sticky Assets and Alternative Energy

Last week’s analysis showed that, in terms of wages, the transition to alternative energy sources should not lead to losses. That analysis is true over the aggregate market, but it doesn’t really transfer to the individual level. A highly skilled coal miner in West Virginia, for example, may not be the one who takes the emerging job as a hydroelectric plan worker in Washington. She may not be…

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01 March: Does Alternative Energy Create Jobs?

For this weeks post, we’ll just look at the data and let it speak for itself. The data for these searches came from various internet sources and is not intended to be an exhaustive review of all jobs available. I chose jobs that are typically considered “blue collar,” these are not engineers or mangers. What we see from this table is that the idea that a transition to alternative energy will lead…

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