Showing posts with label President Obama. Show all posts
Showing posts with label President Obama. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Obama Turns to Crowdfunding to Aid Fleeing Syrians: NYT

As the New York Times reported,

"Syrian refugees continue to flee the violence at home, President Obama is turning to the modern tools of Silicon Valley entrepreneurship as a supplement to the more traditional means of humanitarian relief.

At the request of officials from the White House Office of Digital Strategy, the crowdfunding website Kickstarter has begun its first social service campaign aimed at raising money for the United Nations refugee agency on behalf of Syrian refugees."

Here is my talk 10/7 on NPR's Press Play with Madeleine Brand: "Host Madeleine Brand looks at news, culture and emerging trends through the lens of Los Angeles, weekdays at noon."

How effective is this? They raised $700,000 in six hours. Six hours. For more, visit the links below. 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Obama's Climate Plan

The Obama Administration released an ambitious, forward looking climate plan today. This is a big deal: the Administration's Clean Power Plan seeks to "reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030."

Several have characterized the Plan as "the strongest action ever on climate change by a US president." We agree and note that "hundreds of businesses including eBay, Nestle and General Mills have issued their support for..(the) plan.."

The picture above shows Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy speaking in early July at Georgetown University in Washington, DC with a Community Environmental Activist. (The Administration is reaching out...broadly.)

According to the White House, the Plan will:
  • "..reduce premature deaths from power plant emissions by nearly 90 percent in 2030 compared to 2005 and decrease the pollutants that contribute to the soot and smog and can lead to more asthma attacks in kids by more than 70 percent. The Clean Power Plan will also avoid up to 3,600 premature deaths, lead to 90,000 fewer asthma attacks in children, and prevent 300,000 missed work and school days.
  • Create tens of thousands of jobs while ensuring (Electric energy) grid reliability;
  • Drive more aggressive investment in clean energy technologies than the proposed rule, resulting in 30 percent more renewable energy generation in 2030 and continuing to lower the costs of renewable energy.
  • Save the average American family nearly $85 on their annual energy bill in 2030, reducing enough energy to power 30 million homes, and save consumers a total of $155 billion from 2020-2030;
  • Give a head start to wind and solar deployment and prioritize the deployment of energy efficiency improvements in low-income communities that need it most early in the program through a Clean Energy Incentive Program; and
  • Continue American leadership on climate change by keeping us on track to meet the economy-wide emissions targets we have set, including the goal of reducing emissions to 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 and to 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025."
Coming on the heels of the Pope's well researched and tightly reasoned statement, Obama's climate initiative suggests the Administration agrees that climate change is a moral (and, as a result, a political) issue.

The Plan should give a boost to renewable energy entrepreneurs and supports global efforts to divest from coal. (See our statements to the governments of Hong Kong and Norway.) The investment implications are clear: institutional and retail investors should increase their investments in renewable energy (solar, wind, biomass, etc.) and decrease their exposure to coal.

Perhaps most importantly, this action suggests it is no longer rational to question what so many have stated.. that  “Climate change poses risks to people and ecosystems by exacerbating existing economic, environmental, geopolitical, health and societal threats, and generating new ones. These risks increase disproportionately as the temperature increases.”

The Administration is taking strong, forward looking action. Well done.

Friday, July 29, 2011

President Drops by Community Leaders Briefing

We noted our attendance at one of the White House Community Leader Briefings: "This summer, the White House Office of Public Engagement is hosting Community Leaders Briefings. These events, held weekly at the White House, bring together leaders and activists from communities all across the country for an opportunity to discuss common challenges and learn how the government can help them as they work to improve their neighborhoods."

To add to the impact of these events, today the President stopped by the meeting to discuss what his Administration is doing and why they have sponsored these meetings. See the video here:

Friday, June 17, 2011

White House Community Leaders Briefing

We were fortunate to be invited to today's Community Leaders Briefing at the White House. I found the event informative.

We got a chance to hear from top Administration officials. Among those addressing the meeting were Carl Shapiro, Member, Council of Economic Advisers, Greg Nelson, Deputy Director, White House Office of Public Engagement, Michael Blake, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement, Stephanie Cutter, Assistant to the President and Deputy Senior Adviser, and William Daley, Assistant to the President and Chief of Staff.

Mr. Shapiro described the Administrations' current economic viewpoint and forecast. He cited the deficit, the crisis in Greece and oil prices as challenges. Administration economists are focused on staying engaged and optimistic. They also described several initiatives and facts: the world's largest photovoltaic plant and the world's largest wind farm are both in the US. (I thought they were in China.)

Mr. Daley spoke about deficit reduction plans (as he would, since he is currently negotiating with the Republicans) and about jobs.

Overall, I though the effort a good one. We, for the sake of the country, wish them well.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Creative Investment issues comments for the Small Business Federal Contracting Forum

Creative Investment Research, Inc. issued comments for the Small Business Federal Contracting Forum public meeting to be held on Monday, June 28, 2010. The purpose of the meeting is to encourage public comment on small business issues.

On April 26, 2010, President Obama established an Interagency Task Force to develop proposals and recommendations for enhancing the use of small businesses in Federal contracting, including businesses owned by women, minorities, socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, and service-disabled veterans of our Armed Forces. The Memorandum establishing the Task Force is available here.

Creative Investment has long been familiar with the problems that small and minority businesses encounter when attempting to contract with the federal government. We reviewed our experiences in our comments. In addition, we noted which Federal agencies are doing the best job in their small business outreach strategies.

We noted that doing business with the Federal government would be easier and more attractive if the Government could facilitate direct access to equity capital for qualified small businesses, including businesses owned by women, minorities, socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, and service-disabled veterans of our Armed Forces. Our recommendation for government and private action to facilitate small business equity capital formation is detailed in our comments.