The 10 Most Blogged Cleantech Stories of 2007
What were Cleantech bloggers blogging about in 2007? We don't have to wonder... instead, I asked Brian, AltEnergyStocks.com's web guru, to do a special run of our Cleantech News Algorithm.
The Cleantech News Algorithm automatically by scans nearly 300 cleantech blogs and news sources, selected for their cleantech content. It takes three main criteria into account: 1) what other bloggers are saying about a news item, 2) how users across the Internet prefer a news item (which we call 'social popularity'), and when the item was written. Normally it gives high priority to fresh news items, but this time Brian tuned it to look at all of 2007.
The result is an eclectic list of 10 items green bloggers found interesting, controversial, or just worth a link. Part of the fun is that we not only have the articles, but also a list of the blogs that had something to say about them... it's a who's-who of Cleantech blogging.
Do you see yourself here? If not, you don't have to write a controversial story to get a link on Cleantech News or next year's top 10. You can write about the same stories that draw other bloggers' attention... it's rather like a bloggy Family Feud. (If you write about cleantech or related subjects, and your feed isn't in the list, you can submit it here.)
An Eclectic Look Back at 2007
II: The Price of Biofuels
Technology Review's second installment in their look into the state of the art of biofuels (part I is here) brought out the cellulosic skeptics at WSJ.com: Energy Roundup, Earth2Tech, Gristmill, and After Gutenberg.
There a Green Business Bubble?
Joel Makower asked on May 18th,
Is all of this focus on the greening of business merely a fad? When will the bubble burst?
Kamen's Stirling Solution.
Green Wombat's August 2nd article about the inventor's willingness to take a fall and use of Stirling engines to extend the range of electric vehicles and provide power to rural communities caught the attention of Earth2Tech, Peak Energy, After Gutenberg, EcoGeek, and AltEnergyStation.
Robert Rapier questioned another biofuel 2.0 at his R-Squared Energy Blog on May 18th, and his article became a standard counterpoint to the algae optimists in many articles atPeak Energy, Clean Auto Technology, The Oil Drum, Peak Oil Optimist, and Gristmill (where my own Biodiesel's Nightmare article was unfortunately misattributed by the author.)
When AltEnergyStocks.com's Contributing Editor Neal Dikeman looked into IBM's solar push at Cleantech Blog on July 26th, bloggers at Energy Answers, Triple Pundit, Peak Energy, Global Warming Watch, and GUNTHER Portfolio helped spread the news.
When TerraBlog from TerraPass boasted about how their customers claimed not to be buying their way out of guilt in a survey on August 22nd, AutoblogGreen and Triple Pundit were somewhat skeptical, but EcoGeek.org, Environmental Economics, and Green Car Congress just relayed the news. Gristmill made the best point about this "odd, moralistic, trope."
#4 Start here
RealClimate did a public service back on May 22nd, when they published a good introduction to climate science for the uninitiated. Reasic, Climate Progress, The Conscious Earth, Peak Energy, and TerraBlog all found it helpful.
RealClimate then topped this in early August. Climate skeptics were shooting off about an error in US temperature data, so they did everyone a favor on August 10th, and pointed out that it amounted to
A couple of hundredths of degrees in the US rankings and no change in anything that could be considered climatically important.
TreeHugger gave humourous spin to the site's acquisition by Discovery on August first. But It's the Environment, Stupid., Practical Environmentalist, AutoblogGreen, Maria Energia, Greenway Communique, The Good Human, and Triple Pundit all took the acquisition of a green webportal by a mainstream media company seriously.#1 Is the fuel-cell car dead?
When Tyler Hamilton at Clean Break speculated about Hydrogen fuel-cell leader Ballard's possible deal with Daimler and Ford to shed its automotive division on November 5th, Peak Energy, After Gutenberg, Climate Progress, Gristmill and I joined in the speculation about the end of the politically driven fuel cell vehicle boondoggle. However, Energy Problems and Solutions and Hydrogen Cars and Vehicles Blog still hold out hope to for the Hydrogen economy.