Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (2/15/12)

Here are five recommended reads for today (2/15/12)

  1. DeSmogBlog reports: “Internal Heartland Institute strategy and funding documents obtained by DeSmogBlog expose the heart of the climate denial machine – its current plans, many of its funders, and details that confirm what DeSmogBlog and others have reported for years. The heart of the climate denial machine relies on huge corporate and foundation funding from U.S. businesses including Microsoft, Koch Industries, Altria (parent company of Philip Morris) RJR Tobacco and more.”
  2. According to Energy Boom, “DuPont, the leading U.S. chemical maker, and Yingli Green Energy Holding Co., a leading Chinese PV panel maker, reached a $100 million deal this week with the goal of boosting supplies of solar-energy materials and promoting broader adoption of solar energy worldwide.”
  3. Politico reports that “a variety of forces is pushing coal back to the brink.” These forces include: “federal power plant regulations that are more costly for coal than for other fuels, a barrage of environmentalist litigation hitting individual coal plants, and stiff competition from a glut of inexpensive domestic natural gas that is facing less aggressive attention from the EPA.”
  4. At Grist, Daniel J. Weiss outlines “11 important clean energy proposals in Obama’s budget proposals.” These includes “Extend the production tax credit for wind energy.” “Invest in solar and wind energy,” and “Cut oil and gas tax breaks by $40 billion over a decade.”
  5. CleanTechnica reports, “Domestic sales of solar PV cells [in Japan] rose 30.7% year-over-year in 2011 to 1,296 MW, the first time they’ve exceeded 1 gigawatt (GW), according to the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association (JPEA), which noted that government incentives for homebuyers installing solar energy systems boosted the total.”