energy and climate legislation

Don’t Pause on Carbon Curbing

Don’t Pause on Carbon Curbing

With last week’s withdrawal of the climate bill, many pundits have opined that now is the time to push “pause” on the climate change movement’s efforts to curb carbon emissions – fearing the midterm elections and industry’s failure to unite behind the bill. But I think it’s a time to rethink the existing regulation and opportunities for promoting a clean tech and reduced carbon economy — sans heart-wrenching legislation. How? This weekend I participated in the Aspen Institute’s Clean Energy Economy Roundtable. And maybe the high altitude is going to my head, but I spent 36 hours with folks deeply committed to and confident in achieving carbon reduction.
Clean Energy Ministerial: 24 Nations Endorse 11 New Worldwide Initiatives

Clean Energy Ministerial: 24 Nations Endorse 11 New Worldwide Initiatives

The first-ever Clean Energy Ministerial brought together ministers and stakeholders from 24 nations in Washington, D.C., last week to collaborate on policies and programs that accelerate the world's transition to clean energy technologies. Participants included executives from top global companies – including Charlie Gay of Applied Materials. Charlie, who is president of Applied's solar business, was a panelist at an event that occurred on the first day of the two-day Ministerial, hosted by U.S. Energy Secretary Stephen Chu.
U.S. Consumers Demand More Solar

U.S. Consumers Demand More Solar

Today is the summer solstice, the day the sun shines in the northern hemisphere for the longest period of time all year. In recognition of this day and the ongoing debate concerning energy reform legislation, Applied Materials, the world’s leading supplier of solar panel manufacturing equipment, conducted its second annual survey to gauge the public’s current knowledge and opinion of solar energy usage in the U.S.
Applied Materials in Dow Jones Op-Ed: America’s Next Great Industry

Applied Materials in Dow Jones Op-Ed: America’s Next Great Industry

Below is the extended version of an Op-Ed by Applied Materials chairman and CEO Mike Splinter which was published in Dow Jones today:In 1960 the semiconductor industry was in its infancy. The first integrated circuits contained just a few transistors and the production costs were about $1,000 per circuit in 1960 dollars.  The only viable applications for this early technology were two programs, the Minuteman missile and the Apollo space program. And these programs bought nearly every circuit produced between 1960 and 1963.The result of this early market creation by these government programs was that the cost per circuit dropped to an astonishing 98 percent to $25 by 1963 -- and an industry was born. This year, the world will produce about a quintillion transistors or one to the 18th power and the semiconductor industry will generate about $300 billion in revenue. As for the cost per transistor – today’s $200 MP3 player produced in 1975 would have cost about $3 billion.
Applied Materials Applauds Kerry-Lieberman Legislation

Applied Materials Applauds Kerry-Lieberman Legislation

On behalf of Applied Materials, we commend Senators Kerry and Lieberman in advancing this key piece of a comprehensive renewable energy and climate package in the U.S. Senate.  Today's effort, when added to other legislative action, brings this country closer to regaining our position as a leader in the global clean energy technology industry.  This industry will create millions of jobs and billions of dollars of economic development in the coming decades and could be a major driver of our economic future.
What is the Future of Cleantech?

What is the Future of Cleantech?

As the climate change and energy policy bills meander their way through the U.S. Congress, interest in when, where and how to build a renewable energy future is still up for debate—and funding. And, a lively debate it is.
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Ready, Set, Climate Bill in Motion

Today, Senators Boxer (Environment and Public Works committee chair) and Kerry (Foreign Relations committee chair) introduced a draft climate bill aimed at reducing U.S. CO2 emissions 83% by 2050 – with an ambitious 20% goal by 2020.
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Health Care of a Different Sort

As policymakers return to Washington for what will be a packed fall schedule, health care is Issue Number One on their minds. It was their primary focus before they left for the August recess and, as the daily stories and video clips from town hall meetings make clear, the issue is well on its way to dominating the autumn congressional schedule. And it is a major issue, to be sure. But there is another health care issue that is even more significant – one that affects a lot more than 305 million Americans.