Taxing Energy Systems

Corporations breathed a sigh of relief this month as lawmakers in Washington averted a fiscal collapse. Now that the debt ceiling is a hot-button issue, perhaps it's time for businesses to think about cutting back. The ceiling may be a good place to start.

In our latest segment for Bloomberg West, we featured Carbon Lighthouse, a California-based company that improves the energy efficiency of old buildings. Find out how a couple of finance prodigies have applied their knowledge of economics to curb carbon emissions. The secret formula: a bunch of sweet gizmos, such as spinning tops that gauge fluorescent lighting, plus a little oversight.

But you don't need to be Inspector Gadget to share a worthwhile innovation. What do you think? Let us know about your idea that can move the planet forward!

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