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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (9/2/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on September 2nd, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (9/2/14).

  1. The newly-launched DeSmogBlog UK, “Lord Lawson faces increasing scepticism about the independence of his climate denial charity as the names of two of his anonymous donors with links to the tobacco and oil funded Institute of Economic Affairs are disclosed for the first time.”
  2. The Motley Fool writes that “Corporate America Is Betting Big on Solar Energy.”
  3. Greentech Media reports, “The city of Austin may have just single-handedly propelled the Texas solar market into the top-ten leading states.”
  4. According to DeSmogBlog, “Railroad giant Union Pacific has some big plans for a tiny Texas community. According to locals in the Brazos River Valley, the railroad company is hoping to turn some of the most fertile farmland in Texas into a massive, 72-line rail yard.”
  5. NRDC’s Switchboard blog reports: “California is poised to open a portal to America’s future, shoving Big Oil off the highways to make room for cleaner transportation alternatives that will improve the nation’s health and provide drivers with much-needed relief from pain at the pump. With today’s bipartisan concurrence vote by the Senate, the California Legislature gave final passage to the Charge Ahead California Initiative to put 1 million electric vehicles on the roads within 10 years and sent it to Governor Jerry Brown for his signature.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (8/29/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on August 29th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (8/29/14).

  1. Bloomberg reports: “A government-appointed panel gave Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott two options to cut emissions more cheaply: either scrap or weaken its main clean-energy program. Accepting either would imperil A$20 billion ($19 billion) of existing projects and shut the door on new investment.”
  2. According to Reuters, “Power company Duke Energy Corp outlined plans to retire the remaining coal-fired stations at its Ohio plant by the end of the month as it looks to cope with tightening power plant emission regulations.”
  3. Greentech Media reports: “When it comes to the aging U.S. grid, ASCE estimates that there’s a $94 billion investment gap on both the distribution system and transmission system. That doesn’t even account for the coming turnover of aging power plants, which are 30 years old on average. However, that gap is beginning to close a bit on the transmission system. “
  4. According to Newsweek, “On the books since the 1960s, long before climate change was ever on the negotiating table, Section 115 is remarkably applicable to the current challenge of climate negotiations, says Ann Carlson, a professor of environmental law at UCLA and a director of the school’s Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment.”
  5. Climate Progress reports, “A fire broke out at BP’s largest U.S. refinery on Wednesday night after a compressor exploded in one of the refinery’s units, sending shakes through local homes and injuring one worker, according to media reports.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (8/28/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on August 28th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (8/28/14).

  1. The Sydney Morning Herald reports, “Investments in new clean-energy capacity will total $USUS1.61 trillion ($1.72 trillion) through 2020 even as the expansion of renewables is expected to slow, the International Energy Agency said.”
  2. Media Matters writes: “Charles and David Koch, brothers and the oil barons who are already shaping the 2014 midterm elections according to recently leaked audio recordings, are often portrayed as environmentally responsible advocates of the free-market that are unfairly targeted by Democrats. However, their political influence, which benefits the fossil fuel industry and their own bottom line, is unparalleled.”
  3. Reuters reports: “A U.S. State Department lawyer who played a key role in the Keystone XL pipeline review is moving on, sources said on Wednesday, the latest departure of a senior official involved with the long-delayed project. Keith Benes helped produce the government’s two environmental impact reviews on Keystone, which concluded that the 1,200-mile (1,900-km) pipeline might encourage Canadian oil sands development, but would not meaningfully worsen global climate change.”
  4. A new report by Oil Change International “outlines billions of dollars of annual subsidies from the seven richest countries in the world to expand fossil fuel reserves, despite repeated commitments from those same countries to phase them out.”
  5. Climate Progress reports, “Existing power plants across the globe will emit over 300 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere before they retire, according to a new study published Tuesday.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (8/27/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on August 27th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (8/27/14).

  1. The New York Times reports, “Runaway growth in the emission of greenhouse gases is swamping all political efforts to deal with the problem, raising the risk of ’severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts’ over the coming decades, according to a draft of a major new United Nations report.”
  2. According to DeSmogBlog: “Governor Scott recently met with prominent climate scientists from universities with the expressed goal of learning all that he could about climate change.  The truth, however, is that the entire experience was more of a publicity stunt than a science lesson.”
  3. The Hill reports, “A government probe into the metric used by federal agencies to measure the ’social cost of carbon’ found no evidence that it was improperly developed, investigators said Monday.”
  4. According to the New York Times, “The Obama administration is working to forge a sweeping international climate change agreement to compel nations to cut their planet-warming fossil fuel emissions, but without ratification from Congress.”
  5. Greentech Media reports: “Vivint Solar’s $200 million IPO registration document appeared in the wee hours this morning and gave a little bit of background on the fast-growing solar installer and financier. Second only to SolarCity as an installer, Vivint Solar could also benefit from the increased access to capital afforded by going public.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (8/26/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on August 26th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (8/26/14).

  1. Gigaom reports, “Verizon plans to expand the amount of solar panel projects that power its network by almost double. Following a $100 million investment in solar panels and fuel cells last year, the telco announced on Monday that it is spending another $40 million to build out 10.2 MW of new solar panel systems at eight Verizon network sites across five states.”
  2. According to Media Matters, “Extensive reporting from the Associated Press on the Koch brothers’ financial background and political influence glossed over the duo’s ties to the fossil fuel industry and ignored their efforts to dismantle action on climate change.”
  3. Climate Progress reports: “Scotland is building what it calls the world’s biggest tidal array in the Pentland Firth in northern Scotland, the country’s government announced last week. Once built, the tidal array is projected to provide enough electricity to power 175,000 homes, and will also create up to 100 jobs.”
  4. According to RenewEconomy, “The Australian renewable energy industry has warned that it faces destruction if – as is now widely anticipated – the Abbott government decides it wants to drastically scale back the renewable energy target, or even close it to new entrants.”
  5. The New York Times reports, “India’s top court on Monday ruled that coal fields allocated by the government between 1993 and 2009 were assigned illegally, a decision that could ultimately hinder the industry.”
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