Five Energy Articles We’re Reading Today (8/26/11)

Here are five recommended reads for today (8/26/11)

  1. Chris Mooney of DeSmogBlog writes about “Hurricane Irene, Climate Change, and the Need to Consider Worst Case Scenarios.” Mooney argues that “Irene focuses our attention on our serious vulnerability, and we need to seize that moment–because too often our default position is to act like nothing bad is going to happen.”
  2. Bloomberg reports, “Japan approved a bill today to subsidize electricity from renewable sources, joining European nations in shifting away from nuclear power after the Fukushima reactor meltdowns in March.”  In related news, Bloomberg reports, “Japanese domestic shipments of solar panels may increase by as much as 10 times in “a fairly short period” after the government approved renewable energy subsidies, a solar industry group’s chairman said.”
  3. Stephen Lacey of Climate Progress writes, “On Fox News yesterday, anchor Megyn Kelly started a segment on EPA air quality regulations with an outright lie,” that “a fifth of America’s electricity generating capacity is about to be taken offline thanks to new federal regulations.” As Lacey notes, that is completely untrue.
  4. Clean Techies argues that “huge sums will be invested in the electricity system as aging infrastructure is replaced and new infrastructure is built to meet our country’s growing energy needs,” and that “the Clean Energy Vision and its many benefits is the right choice for the West.”
  5. AFP reports, “The biggest European automaker, Volkswagen, plans to invest almost one billion euros ($1.44 billion) in renewable energies over the coming years.”