Category Archives: Politics

Walter White & LBJ: Personality Plus, To What End?

Time collapsed earlier this week, as volcanoes from the past and present erupted and converged in a manner that only great art can produce. On Sunday, I watched the highly acclaimed AMC series Breaking Bad air its penultimate, gut-punching episode, “Ozymandias”, the third to last episode that ranks as the highest in TV history.

(For those like me who didn’t know, “Ozymandias” is a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley, published in 1818, and portrays the fleeting absurdity of great power. Go read it. Now.)

On Tuesday, I watched the now sold-out play called All the Way, at the American Repertory Theatre (A.R.T.) in Cambridge, Massachusetts. (I saw the fourth stage presentation, while it was still in previews; Opening Night is tonight, and the play runs through October 13th.) Continue reading

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Consumers Go From Boycott to Buycott

buycottIn today’s continuously connected world, companies might find it difficult to keep their CSR “dirty laundry” secret for very long. Technology is making it even easier to find out what’s really behind the products we buy and with 78 percent of Americans willing to stop buying products with misleading environmental claims, the stakes for companies to not only behave responsibly, but communicate transparently, have never been higher.

The newest development in a slew of transparency-related apps is Buycott, an app that empowers consumers to purchase brands that share their personal values. The app’s website explains, “With Buycott, a campaign can be quickly created around a cause, with the goal of targeting companies with a boycott unless they change their position, or buycotting a company to show your support.”

To read more on Cone’s Prove Your Purpose blog, please click here.

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Ag Energy Coalition Thanks 8 Co-sponsors for Introducing Farm Bill Energy Title Reauthorization Bill

WASHINGTON–()–The Agriculture Energy Coalition today expressed support for legislation introduced by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to reauthorize Farm Bill Energy Title programs and provide robust mandatory funding. The Coalition also thanked Sens. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Tim Johnson (D-S.D.), William Cowan (D-Mass.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wisc.) and other original co-sponsors of the legislation, which would provide more than $1 billion in mandatory funding for renewable energy programs.

Last week, the Agriculture Energy Coalition joined more than 100 national, state and regional organizations in a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, urging them to adopt a new Farm Bill with robust mandatory funding for renewable energy and energy efficiency programs. The letter noted, “Continued growth in new agriculture, manufacturing, and high tech jobs are at great risk without continued Federal investment.” Continue reading

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ChargePoint Applauds NYC’s Mayor Bloomberg’s Call for Electric Vehicle Readiness


CAMPBELL, Calif.–()–New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has laid out a bold plan to make 20 percent of New New York City parking spaces electric vehicle (EV) ready. ChargePoint congratulates Mayor Bloomberg for his vision.

Mayor Bloomberg laid out his plan today in his State of the City address. It calls for the creation of 10,000 EV ready spaces over the next seven years. New York is a leader in electric vehicle adoption rates, with 2,598 registered vehicles as of January, 2013, up 76 percent from just three months ago. Continue reading

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Ukrainian Decision Makers to Get the Know How on Improving Energy Efficiency

BERLIN–()–Starting on the 18th of February, Ukrainian political and business decision-makers will be able to attend the “Training in Energy Efficiency” (TrEff) programme.

This international programme is being offered by the Renewables Academy (RENAC), based in Germany. Running under the umbrella branding of “Energy Efficiency – made in Germany”, the project is being sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) as part of its Energy Efficiency Export Initiative. Continue reading

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Foreign Acquisitions are Just the Beginning of China’s Innovation Ambition

china-solar-620BOSTON–()–China’s rapid transition from a low-cost manufacturing hub to an innovation hotspot with growing foreign ambitions represents both a threat and an opportunity for companies and investors around the globe, according to Lux Research.

Chinese firms in such sectors as energy storage, advanced lighting, emerging electronics and red-biotechnology industries are more likely to pursue both overseas growth and introduction of foreign capabilities into China. Continue reading

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More than 4 Million Electric Vehicle Charging Stations to be Deployed in Europe by 2020

The introduction of the Renault ZOE at the end of 2012 and the Volkswagen Golf in 2013 – two electric vehicles (EVs) that could have mass-market appeal – should dramatically increase consumer interest in EVs in Europe, and spur investment from companies looking to provide charging infrastructure.  According to a recent report from Pike Research, a part of Navigant’s Energy Practice, the market for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) will grow rapidly in Europe over the remainder of the decade, with annual sales of EVSE growing from less than 47,000 units in 2012 to nearly 900,000 in 2020.  By 2020, the study concludes, there will be more than four million charging stations, both commercial and residential, operating across Europe.

“In many ways, Europe is the ideal market for electric vehicles,” says research director John Gartner.  “European consumers, accustomed to smaller city cars and driving shorter distances, are expected to shift to EVs at a more rapid pace than motorists in North America.  Also, because more Europeans live in multi-unit dwellings, commercial charging equipment is likely to be more prevalent there than in North America.”

One factor that could limit the spread of EVSE, according to the report, is the great variety between countries in terms of regulations, government support for EVs and charging infrastructure, and technologies.  The absence of a single, region-wide alternating current EV charging connector standard has hampered the deployment of EV charging infrastructure.  The European Union must address these country-specific variations if the EV market is to thrive, the report finds. Continue reading

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Boeing Sends Meds to Ethiopia; McGill Hosts CSR Program; Women Veterans Survey – CSR Minute

Boeing has teamed up with Ethiopian Airlines and Seattle Anesthesia Outreach to deliver 20,000 pounds of medical supplies to Ethiopian’s Black Lion Hospital, the country’s largest. The delivery was made using the airlines’ 787 Dreamliner, marking the first time the new plane has been used as part of Boeing’s Humanitarian Delivery Flights program.

McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development and the law firm of Fasken Martineau have teamed up to launch a new Executive Education Certificate Program in Corporate Social Responsibility. The five-day intensive program, focused on creating value through collaborative sustainable development, will be held at McGill’s downtown Toronto campus during the second week in November.

A new survey finds that 55 percent of U.S. women veteran business owners said their leadership experience in the military inspired them to start their own business. Forty-six percent said that being an owner has helped them transition to civilian life. The survey was conducted by Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence, a nonprofit, and Capital One Financial.

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