Patrick Kenney

Patrick Kenney

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8 years 7 months ago

What is uniquely American is a distinct car culture.  Compared to many societies around the world, the U.S. relies heavily on the use of a car, truck, or SUV to get to and from places.  This car culture is what makes the U.S. stand out and perhaps is part of our identity.  Such a culture also has ramifications in terms of overall environmental quality becoming deteriorated. ...


8 years 7 months ago

Funding for Public Transit Imperiled in Wisconsin Budget Dispute

All over the news, one can see the massive sea of protest currently befalling the state of Wisconsin in a dispute between workers and the governor.  Most news outlets have discussed how it is a dispute between the governor's cuts and workers' rights issues over things like collective bargaining.  Governor Walker's budget dealing...


8 years 7 months ago

Zap has an Agreement with China to Invest in Electric Car Infrastructure

The U.S. firm Zap is an electric car company that is investing in the electric car infrastructure in Shanghai, China.  The electric car is certainly part of the new future both here and China, and it is great that Zap is able to find business and opportunities in China in terms of expanding their electric car market there.

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8 years 7 months ago

Study: Green Transportation Pays Tangible Dividends

Green transportation all the way around is a great investment from many different angles.  It expands the transportation sector of the economy, spurs capital investment in new technology, and most importantly is environmentally friendly.  However, those are just general statements and what most experts attempt to do is to quantify the dividends...


8 years 7 months ago

Electric Transportation Association: Leading the Way with Electric Cars

The Clinton Global Initiative started by former President Clinton is an "initiative" dedicated to solving some of the world's problems from poverty to famine to how to climate change.  As such, the Clinton Global Initiative is an organization dedicated to recognizing the interconnectedness of problems around the world and solving them in a global rather than regional parochial fashion.  In essence, it is...


8 years 7 months ago

Obama's High Speed Rail Plan: Good First Step but not Transformative

President Obama has made a commitment recently to get the U.S. to catch up with Europe and other industrialized nations by investing in high speed rail.  While investing in high speed rail makes sense from a global economic competitiveness standpoint, the questions is:  Does...


8 years 7 months ago

Modern Transportation Accounts for Large Portion of CO2 Problem--Time to Develop Scales of Greenness

Today, going green certainly makes good business sense for a typical business especially if it wants to improve its bottom line and develop overall good customer relations with the very individuals it serves.  As a result, we are entering an era...


8 years 7 months ago

How do automobile manufacturers compete in the 21st Century? The 21st Century’s challenge for automobile manufacturers is to be both “green and gold.” In essence, automobile manufacturers must be both good stewards of the environment while simultaneously maintaining and expanding their bottom line. Which companies have been able to do both? It turns out that through innovative practices and bold, out of the box...


8 years 7 months ago

UC Berkeley Developing a More Integrated Public Transit System with a Chinese City

Why does the bus take so long to get here?  How come there is no seamless transfer between the subway station and the bus?  In summary, public transit often seems like it may be a hassle from a convenience standpoint...


8 years 8 months ago


What are ways to get consumers to go green without making it seem like the task is overwhelming and beyond their reach? Beyond legislating and mandating that consumers through legislative mandate, the other goal should be one of education--namely what does it mean to go green and where can we start? It turns out government and education can come together to help consumers go green...


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