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What if it’s not that “green”?

Pro­fes­sor Dan Kam­men com­ments on Bloom’s car­bon promises. The Cal­i­for­nia Pub­lic Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion gives rebates to com­pa­nies that use “Bloom boxes.” Bloom Energy claims that their boxes reduce car­bon emis­sions and increase energy effi­ciency. In real­ity, how­ever, the car­bon reduc­tions have not been up to Bloom’s projects.

While some call this “green­wash­ing,” Dr. Kam­men empha­sizes that com­pa­nies have an oblig­a­tion to explain why new tech­nolo­gies do not meet expectations:

“If you are receiv­ing pub­lic money or pri­vate investor money you need to own up to your bot­tom line. You do have a respon­si­bil­ity to explain that dif­fer­ence. It’s not being irresponsible—it’s being an ambas­sador for an emerg­ing technology.”

See the full story on NBC here.

 

 

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