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Jeremy Rifkin, Guest Columnist

Jeremy Rifkin is an American economist and author whose best-selling Third Industrial Revolution served as a blueprint for Germany’s transition to a low-carbon economy, and China’s strategic acceptance of climate policy. He is also president of TIR Consulting Group, a coalition of companies and consulting organizations in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies, construction, advanced fabrication manufacturing, engineering, urban planning, architecture, real estate, information and communication technologies, power and utilities, and transport and logistics.

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Sustainability’s Third Act 

Posted by Jeremy Rifkin, Guest Columnist

Feb 16, 2018 12:40:23 PM

When ‘new’ communication meets even newer energy systems, a green economic revolution is inevitable.

Our industrial civilization is at a crossroads. Oil and the other fossil fuel energies that make up the industrial way of life are sunsetting, and the technologies made from and propelled by these energies are antiquated. The entire industrial infrastructure built off of fossil fuels is aging and in disrepair. The result is that unemployment is rising to dangerous levels all over the world. Governments, businesses and consumers are awash in debt, and living standards are plummeting everywhere. A record 1 billion human beings—nearly one-seventh of the human race—face hunger and starvation.

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The Renewable Energy Internet

Posted by Jeremy Rifkin, Guest Columnist

Nov 28, 2017 6:47:53 PM

It won’t be long before green power is the No. 1 source for all homes.

Note: This article is an excerpt from The Third Industrial Revolution Final Report RNE, a combination of narratives and proposals on technology and its use toward green business collaborations.

THE BULK OF THE ENERGY we use to heat our homes and run our appliances, power our businesses, drive our vehicles, and operate every part of the global economy will soon be generated at near-zero marginal cost and be nearly free in the coming decades. That is already the case for several million early adopters in the European Union who have transformed their homes and businesses into micro-power plants to harvest renewable energy onsite. Currently, 32 percent of the electricity powering Germany comes from solar, wind and other renewable energies. By 2030, a minimum of 50 percent of the electricity powering Germany will be generated by renewable energies.

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