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Published on August 30th, 2011 | by Zachary Shahan


Energy Opportunities

August 30th, 2011 by  

energy opportunities jeffrey sachs

I was contacted by a representative from CNBC last week about an on-air and online series it and Harvard Business Review are are creating on “Energy Opportunities.” He wanted to share the series with me, of course, but also wanted to see if I could make it to CNBC’s studios somewhere in the U.S. or in London for an interview in the coming months (turns out, luckily, I’m planning a trip to the UK to visit a good friend in a couple weeks and will be in London for a couple days while there.)

Anyway, as always, when being contacted by someone about a potential story, I have to evaluate the merit of the story compared to that of hundreds of others I check out every day before deciding to cover it or not. I was happy to find out that this one seemed worthy of coverage.

This Energy Opportunities series is highlighting some key challenges the world is facing, with regards to energy and climate change, but also a number of key solutions and how practical they actually are.

The featured video (at the moment, at least) is one of Jeffrey Sachs, Economist and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University. I’m a huge fan of Sachs — he seems to have his global and professional priorities in order, a keen understanding of the world’s most pressing problems, and an eye for the best solutions to them. Here’s Sach’s in CNBC and Harvard Business Review’s featured video, The Sachs Challenge:

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I’ve got a few things in mind that I want to focus on in my interview, related to Sachs’s comments, but also going beyond them, into the next key points on this matter (points that everyone should be aware of at this point but which are misrepresented in the media and politics far too often). But I thought I’d also bring the question up to all of you, let you chime in on what you think should be mentioned, focused on, spelled out as clearly as possible, etc. Without your dedication to our site and constant feedback, I certainly wouldn’t be getting invited to share my opinion on these matters. So, tell me what you would talk about in an Energy Opportunities interview via the comments below!

(And, in case it’s helpful, my video interview would be part of the Editorial Features section.)


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  • As a green energy engineer, My company would be interested in such a program. At this time, we at Mechatron Systems have developed a portable energy solution fot those areas not supported by a central energy grid or for those who wish to suppliment there current energy provider. Since we are a new company, what we need is exposure of these solutions to reduce our dependency on fossil/non-renewable fuels.

  • Anumakonda Jagadeesh

    Excellent article and Video on Energy Opportunities. Energy Opportunities series is indeed welcome with experts opinion and I look forward for the other articles to follow.

    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India
    Wind Energy Expert

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