Daily Sprout

Kennedy Joins VC Ranks: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has been an adviser for VantagePoint Venture Partners since 2007, has joined the firm as a partner. He will focus on clean technologies in the water sector. — Bloomberg

Betting on Carbon: President Barack Obama’s proposed budget relies on cap-and-trade for money to fund investments in renewable energy and rebates for vulnerable consumers who may struggle to pay higher energy bills if utilities pass along the cost to consumers. — Washington Post

Peek Behind the Scenes at Tesla: Darryl Siry abruptly left his post as marketing chief for Tesla Motors last December. Unnamed sources say it’s because the company planned to collect deposits for Tesla’s Model S sedan before it had financing or a factory to build it. — Gawker’s Valleywag

The Climate Lobbying Boom: The number of lobbyists hired to influence federal policy on climate change has increased 300 percent in just five years. Washington can now boast more than four climate lobbyists for every member of Congress. — NYT’s Dot Earth

Excuse You: Worries about an impending tax on the greenhouse gas methane are breathing new life into the study of sheep stomachs. — Wall Street Journal