When President Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris climate treaty, Fred Hunter was so angry that he took money from his retirement savings and bought a solar system for his small home in Santa Barbara with assistance from the World Business Academy’s Powering Paradise program. The free program offers consultations, contractor referrals, […]
By Robert Perry, Director of Energy Research Dear Supporters of a Renewable Hydrogen Economy, As you are aware from our last blog post, Gov. Brown issued Executive Order B-48-18, requesting $92 million to add at least 40 more hydrogen refueling stations to the existing network, $25 million for low-carbon fuel (i.e., hydrogen) production/supply and $17.5 […]
By Jerry B. Brown, Ph.D., Director, Safe Energy Project I first learned about “the secret legacy of the Nuclear Age” from epidemiologist Jay Gould in the winter of 1997. With Ernest Sternglass, a radiation physicist, Dr. Gould founded the Radiation and Public Health Project (RPHP) to investigate the impact of cumulative doses of low-level radiation […]
The Difficult Truth of Diablo Canyon Sometimes we tell a truth that people don’t want to hear because it’s controversial, it doesn’t meet a certain political agenda, or it makes people uncomfortable. This is the case with the aging and dangerous Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in San Luis Obispo County. We spoke an inconvenient […]
By Robert Perry, Director of Energy Research For renewable energy advocates, 2017 was a pretty good year. First, the Public Utilities and Energy commissions denied Southern California Edison’s proposed refurbishment of the Ellwood Power Station in Goleta and the construction of the Puente gas peaker plant in Oxnard. This decision is considered by the energy […]
An evaluation and recommendation by a California Energy Commission committee to reject a new natural gas peaker plant in Oxnard provides additional impetus towards the development of a safe, renewable energy system within the region. On October 5, the two-person committee issued a statement recommending denial of the proposed 262-megawatt Puente Power Project in Oxnard […]
As we celebrate a victory for the families who live and work near the Ellwood natural gas peaker plant in Goleta, the World Business Academy also sees this decision as an opportunity to advance the larger end goal of developing a renewable, community-based distributed energy system in Santa Barbara. The Academy applauds the unanimous decision […]
From a business perspective, private investors should be seen as the ultimate ”referees” on competing energy choices, using informed diligence and prudent criteria to determine which energy technologies can compete in the market with the best chance of generating revenues and profits. As Amory Lovins points out, the capital markets have already spoken. Private investors and project finance lenders have flatly rejected large base-load nuclear power plants and have enthusiastically embraced supply-side competitors, decentralized cogeneration, and renewables.
The intention of this short film is to express the heartfelt concern that motivates World Business Academy Founding President Rinaldo S. Brutoco to put his effort, time and energy into the World Business Academy. This video combines contemporaneous comments from Brutoco, set to music by Gary Malkin, an eight-time Emmy award-winning composer, with film from […]
Update (April 30, 2014): The San Luis Obispo Health Department has taken issue with our original findings in the report below. We have answered their criticisms point by point in an extended rebuttal: Reply to San Luis Obispo County Health Department — Today the World Business Academy officially releases a report on striking negative health trends […]
World Business Academy Founder Rinaldo S. Brutoco presents the moral and economic case against nuclear power, with a focus on the risks at the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant.
In the United States, unlike in Europe and Asia, discussion of hydrogen energy and fuel cells as systemic, game-changing technologies is largely absent. That needs to change.