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Ron Pernick's Articles

- March 14, 2012

Clean Energy and the Challenge of Low-Cost Natural Gas

There is a strong case for an energy future that moves beyond highly polluting coal and extremely volatile nuclear power, and towards a marriage of efficiency/smart grid, renewables,...

- November 11, 2011

The Future of Clean Tech and Why I Can't Stop Thinking About China

When Clint Wilder and I wrote our first book, The Clean Tech Revolution, we knew we needed to travel to China if we wanted to understand the future of clean tech. Mind you, our trip...

- September 09, 2011

Rebuilding America: Why We Need a Smart Infrastructure Bank

It wasn't exactly a quiet or peaceful summer. Congress and President Obama battled it out over the debt ceiling, Standard & Poor's downgraded America's credit rating, Italy and Spain...

- May 04, 2011

Reassessing the Chinese Clean-Tech Juggernaut (or Why the U.S. Shouldn't be Written off Quite Yet)

China is clearly a clean-tech force to be reckoned with. It installed more wind power, manufactured more solar PV and solar hot water heaters, and spent more money overall on clean-energy...

- March 11, 2011

It's All in the Count: The Vexing but Critical Challenge of Green Jobs Accounting

Getting an accurate accounting of clean-tech jobs in the U.S. is nearly impossible but it's not for a lack of trying. There have been dozens of projects at the national, state, and...

- January 06, 2011

In an Age of Compromise, Will Clean Energy Become Dirty?

Based on the actions of a very active lame duck Congress last month, we could be moving into a new age of compromise. By crossing both sides of the aisle, President Barack Obama was...

- October 14, 2010

Time is Running Out for U.S. Leadership in Clean-Tech Jobs

We are just weeks away from the U.S. mid-term elections and the political B.S.-meter is red hot. It's not surprising or unexpected -- inflammatory rhetoric, last-minute "gotcha" accusations,...

- June 10, 2010

Gulf Oil Disaster: Fleeting News Headline or Defining Watershed Moment?

Catastrophic environmental disasters, due to their massive and disruptive impact on life, the ecosystem, and economic livelihoods, can become watershed moments. The Minamata mercury...

- May 03, 2010

Clean Energy 2010 Outlook: China, Green Banks, and IPOs

In our latest Clean Energy Trends 2010 report, we found reasons for the clean-energy sector to be hopeful. At the same time, we found a number of not-so-insignificant question marks...

- March 18, 2010

Obama's Nuclear Madness and the Future of "Clean"

In early February, President Obama did something that his predecessor George W. Bush was unable to do: he pushed the restart button on the U.S. nuclear power industry. Obama announced...

Ron Pernick

Ron Pernick

Ron Pernick, co-founder and principal of Clean Edge and co-author of The Clean Tech Revolution, is an accomplished market research, publishing, and business development entrepreneur with two decades of high-tech experience. At Clean Edge...

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