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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/18/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on April 18th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/18/14).

  1. The White House releases a fact sheet, “Building on Progress – Supporting Solar Deployment and Jobs,” as part of its “Solar Summit to honor cross-sector leadership on solar and announce new steps to expand the use of solar in our homes, businesses, and schools.”
  2. According to Politico, “[Tom] Steyer, the hedge-fund-trader-turned-anti-Keystone-activist, pledged Thursday to leverage his largely self-funded super PAC to support members of Congress who come under attack for their opposition to the proposed Canada-to-Texas pipeline.”
  3. Scott Sklar of the Stella Group writes at Renewable Energy World about “Utility Nightmares: Distributed Generation and Halving Electricity Consumption.”
  4. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance: “Ukraine is seeking U.S. investment in its biomass, wind and solar power industries. The idea is to use renewable energy to curb its reliance on fuel imports from Russia, which annexed Ukraine’s Crimea region last month and has troops massed on the border.”
  5. The National Journal reports, “The Fracking Industry Faces Its Climate Demon: To preserve its climate credentials, the natural-gas industry has to tame a tricky menace: methane.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/17/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on April 17th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/17/14).

  1. Reuters reports, “The U.S. Energy Department on Wednesday unveiled a plan for up to $4 billion in loan aid for renewable energy companies to help rejuvenate a program that faced harsh political attacks over past failures of federally subsidized projects.”
  2. According to DeSmogBlog, “After Over a Decade of Fracking, Oversight of Industry’s Radioactive Waste Still Lacking.”
  3. The Calgary Herald reports, “Ten Nobel Peace Prize winners from as far afield as Yemen, South Africa and Argentina have signed a letter asking U.S. President Barack Obama to deny a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline that would transport oilsands bitumen to Texas Gulf Coast refineries.”
  4. Todd Woody explains at The Atlantic “Why Your Neighbors Will Finance Solar Panels for Your Roof.”
  5. The New York Times reports, “The cleanup efforts on the Gulf Coast in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have entered a new phase, with the oil company BP announcing that it is ending its ‘active cleanup’ of Louisiana’s coast almost four years after the disaster.”

Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/16/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on April 16th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/16/14).

  1. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Rep. Henry Waxman write in CNN, “For all the noise about the State Department’s final environmental review of the Keystone XL Pipeline being a ‘blow’ to pipeline opponents, the report contains more than enough information for Secretary of State John Kerry — a respected environmental champion — to conclude that the pipeline is not in the national interest.”
  2. Bloomberg reports, “Duke Energy Corp. (DUK)Southern Co. (SO) and other energy companies must abide by federal limits on mercury and additional power-plant pollutants, a U.S. court said, upholding a rule regulators say will save lives and the industry claims was illegally drafted.”
  3. According to Climate Progress: “An analysis of a number of hydraulic fracturing sites in southwestern Pennsylvania has found that methane was being released into the atmosphere at 100 to 1,000 times the rate that the Environmental Protection Agency estimated. The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that drilling operations at seven well pads emitted 34 grams of methane per second, on average, much higher than the EPA-estimated 0.04 grams to 0.30 grams of methane per second.”
  4. Bloomberg New Energy Finance reports, “Investment in clean energy worldwide rallied nearly 10% in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the same period a year earlier, reaching $47.7bn.”
  5. Inside Climate News asks, “Will Utah Oil Sands Project and Water, If There is Any, Mix?”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/15/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on April 15th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/15/14).

  1. Climate Progress reports, “Canada’s energy industry has officially surpassed transportation as the largest producer of climate-change causing greenhouse gases, in no small part because of large increases in tar sands extraction, according to a government report quietly released Friday.”
  2. According to The Atlantic Cities: “Solar panels have always made sense in cities that get a lot of sun, at least intuitively. But in recent years, scientists have figured out ways to make them more useful for perpetually gloomy cities like London and Seattle.”
  3. DeSmogBlog asks, “Why Isn’t Petcoke Regulated As a Public Health Threat?”
  4. According to Grist: ”A new report from the Sierra Club takes a look at what will happen to the climate if we burn through four of our biggest fossil fuel reserves — and it ain’t pretty. The four stockpiles are Powder River Basin coal in Wyoming and Montana; Green River shale in Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah; oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean north of Alaska; and frackable oil and gas across the U.S.”
  5. The Dallas Morning News reports, “Wind rush: From Panhandle to Gulf Coast, Texas sees surge in wind energy projects.”
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Five Energy Stories Worth Reading Today (4/14/14)

Posted By Lowell F. on April 14th, 2014

Here are five recommended reads for today (4/14/14).

  1. The Guardian reports: “Mitigation of Climate Change, by the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a panel of 200 scientists, will make it clear that by far the most realistic option for the future is to triple or even quadruple the use of renewable power plants.”
  2. According to The Telegraph: “Solar power has won the global argument. Photovoltaic energy is already so cheap that it competes with oil, diesel and liquefied natural gas in much of Asia without subsidies.”
  3. Wen Stephenson reports in The Nation: “…a large and distinguished group of faculty at Harvard University released an open letter to President Drew Gilpin Faust and the Harvard Corporation. It calls, in striking terms, for divestment of the university’s endowment—the largest university endowment in the world—from fossil-fuel corporations.”
  4. Tor “Solar Fred” Valenza asks at Renewable Energy World, “How Much Are Your Solar Facebook Fans Worth?” The answer: “Around $403 Each.”
  5. Inside Climate News reports on “Grim Predictions for South Texas Air Quality Amid Eagle Ford Oil Boom.”
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