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Cash for Clunkers Tally: Cash for clunkers may not be the most cost-effective emission reducer, but trade-ins under the program have resulted in an average fuel economy gain of 9.6 MPG, which translates to an estimated $1,000 in savings at the gas pump and 660,000 metric tons of avoided carbon dioxide emissions per year. — Climate Progress

Astroturfing for Coal: A firm contracted by a coal industry group has been caught “astroturfing” — sending forged letters to members of Congress that were presented as grassroots political communications. — Grist

Renault-Nissan, Down Under: The Renault-Nissan Alliance and the State Government of Victoria in Australia have agreed to identify potential areas of co-operation in promoting the use of zero emission vehicles, such as Nissan’s (s NSANY) new electric LEAF, in the state. — Green Car Congress

All Techs on Deck: The Electric Power Research Institute, or EPRI, has released an analysis showing that the electricity sector could reduce annual CO2 emissions in 2030 by 41 percent below 2005 levels, but that it will require sustained R&D, demos and aggressive deployment of technologies including carbon capture and storage, renewable and nuclear generation, and significant efficiency improvements. — Press Release

BYD’s Battery Plays = Boon for Buffett: Warren Buffett’s investment in China-based BYD Auto has reportedly raked in some $1 billion for his Berkshire Hathaway Inc. What’s driving the rapid rise in BYD’s value? “Investments in hybrid automobiles like the plug-in F3DM and, even more importantly, high-tech lithium iron phosphate batteries.” — AutoblogGreen