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Timothy Hurst
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Noodling at the convergence of sustainability, politics and new media.
Noodling at the convergence of sustainability, politics and new media.

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Even if they are only payingthe loan off early because of the soaring tax price, this is good news for EVs, the federal loan program and anyone who supports more sustainable mobility.

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This week, Masdar, Abu Dhabi's renewable energy company, launched the world's largest concentrated solar power plant here in Abu Dhabi. I was honored to be part of the historic occasion. 
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Very good advice for speechwriters (and speechlisteners)

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Who better to help Saudi with solar?

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Sungevity's Danny Kennedy says it about as good as it can be said:

“Think about it this way. We’re killing people in foreign lands in order to extract 200-million-year-old sunlight. Then we burn it . . . in order to boil water to create steam to drive a turbine to generate electricity. We frack our own backyards and pollute our rivers, or we blow up our mountaintops just miles from our nation’s capital for an hour of electricity, when we could just take what’s falling free from the sky.”

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The Cache La Poudre River running black after the High Park Fire in Colorado... A different kind of black gold.

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If someone tells you that construction at Masdar City--the sustainable city in the desert--has stalled, keep in mind that they don't really know what they're talking about.
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The common ("wisdom") themes coming from Rio+20 was that it totally failed and that nothing good came from it. But a few thought leaders are finding reasons to be hopeful... at least not be totally hopeless.

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+Ariel Schwartz highlights a critical and often overlooked point in her piece about Masdar City when she writes:

"Regardless of whether these projects are more or less successful, the world’s eyes will remain fixed on the city inside Abu Dhabi, both because of its location and ambition. That gives Masdar a unique opportunity to demonstrate the perils and potential successes of trying to create a truly sustainable city."

Disclosure: Masdar is a client.

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Ready to be underwhelmed? The word "reaffirm" is used 59 times in the 49-page Rio+20 document, "The Future We Want."

I hate to be so cynical but institutional continuity and stability leads to job security. The problem is that the UN delegates at the summit already have jobs!
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