A sampling of green-tech news with quick commentary.
- German Lessons: Is Cash-for-Clunkers the Answer to U.S. Auto Woes? - The Wall Street Journal
A plan to give incentives to consumers who turn in gas guzzlers for new, fuel-efficient is getting in the U.S.
- New GM Chief Foresees 'Deep' Restructuring - The Washington Post
On the product side, the government auto task force found the Chevy Volt promising, but not close to being commercially viable because of cost.
- Google to Announce Venture Fund - The New York Times
An interesting angle on how Google's venture arm, rather than its philanthropy Google.org, will be investing in green-tech start-ups now. One of first investments was Silver Spring Networks.
- GE "Watching" Tesla, Does Not (Yet) Invest - Earth2Tech
GE's venture arm was going to invest in Tesla Motors but got cold feet at the last minute.
- Eleven Cool Names and Concepts to Watch in Air Conditioning - Greentech Media
How best to lighten the electric load from air conditioners? A collection of companies and ideas.
- Huge Man-Made Algae Swarm Devoured--Bad for Climate? - National Geographic
An inauspicious result from first tests to sequester carbon by causing plankton blooms at sea.
- Reducing Concrete's Carbon Footprint - New York Times
Concrete is one of the most polluting industries and one that's seeing a lot of technical innovation.
- The White House is going green -- again - MSNBC
Obama, apparently one of those people that turns lights off around the house, wants to find ways to conserve energy at the White House.