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Posted By Lowell F. on December 12th, 2013
Here are five recommended reads for today (12/12/13).
- The Guardian reports, “Emissions from coal plants in China were responsible for a quarter of a million premature deaths in 2011 and are damaging the health of hundreds of thousands of Chinese children, according to a new study.”
- According to Greentech Media, “the Japanese electronics and industrial giant Hitachi is moving toward marketing an energy storage system that could be a companion piece to renewable power generation — another sign of the growing interest in such products.”
- Venture Beat reports: “American Efficient wants to help everyone in the U.S. switch to renewable power suppliers and products through its energy-efficient-focused marketplaces. The startup launched today with $2.5 million in funding from Clean Pacific Ventures.”
- Renewable Energy World has a “Postcard from the Future,” namely that in Denmark, “wind power has produced 30 percent of gross power consumption to date in 2013,” including “over 90 hours where wind produced more than all of Denmark’s electricity needs, peaking at 122 percent on October 28, at 2:00 a.m.”
- NRDC President Frances Beinecke writes on the Switchboard blog: “America doesn’t need to trash the Arctic Ocean. We don’t need to make climate change worse with more dirty fuels. We have safer, cleaner ways to power our economy. And we have the wisdom to recognize that some places are too special to drill.”
Posted By Lowell F. on December 11th, 2013
Here are five recommended reads for today (12/11/13).
- Climate Progress reports, “According to a new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists — updated from 2012 numbers — as much as 17 percent of coal-fired power in the United States is already uncompetitive, just compared to natural gas and using mid-range estimates.”
- According to the Price of Oil: a new paper, “entitled, “Un-burnable oil: An examination of oil resource utilisation in a decarbonised energy system”, will be published by the journal Energy Policy in January. You can view a copy here.”
- DesmogBlog reports: “Keystone XL’s southern half is one step closer to opening for business. TransCanada announced that ‘on Saturday, December 7, 2013, the company began to inject oil into the Gulf Coast Project pipeline as it moves closer to the start of commercial service.’”
- According to Bloomberg, “Solar Boom Boosts South African Salaries With 25% Jobless.”
- Politico reports, “In news sure to deflate the hopes of climate activists, green energy advocate John Podesta will recuse himself from issues related to the Keystone XL oil pipeline when he begins working as a special adviser to President Barack Obama, a White House aide confirmed to POLITICO late Tuesday.”
Posted By Lowell F. on December 9th, 2013
Here are five recommended reads for today (12/9/13).
- The Guardian reports, “Dong Energy, the company that claims to be the biggest developer of windfarms in the world, believes it is ‘game on’ in the North Sea with nothing to hold back new investment.”
- According to the U.S. Department of Energy, last week “President Obama issued a memorandum…instruct[ing] agencies to incorporate the ‘Green Button‘ data standard into their energy management practices.”
- The AP reports, “A memo released quietly by regulators earlier this year has carved a major loophole in West Virginia’s rules restricting the amount of waste that can be accepted by the state’s landfills, all with the intent to ease a burgeoning problem caused by the boom in gas drilling, environmentalists say.”
- Todd Woody of The Atlantic writes that “France’s Total is hedging against a low-carbon future by investing in solar and biofuels.”
- Greentech Media reports, “More efficient technologies, combined with low costs and strong wind resources, are making wind cost-competitive with some of the cheapest forms of fossil energy in the Midwest.”
Posted By Lowell F. on December 6th, 2013
Here are five recommended reads for today (12/6/13).
- InsideClimate News reports: “As environmentalists began ratcheting up pressure against Canada’s tar sands three years ago, one of the world’s biggest strategic consulting firms was tapped to help the North American oil industry figure out how to handle the mounting activism. The resulting document, published online by WikiLeaks, offers another window into how oil and gas companies have been scrambling to deal with unrelenting opposition to their growth plans.”
- In The Guardian, Graham Readfern asks, “Is Bjorn Lomborg right to say fossil fuels are what poor countries need?” The short answer: no, as Lomborg “uses low-ball estimates of climate costs and ignores fossil fuel subsidies.”
- Alan Caron of Envision Maine writes in the Morning Sentinel that Maine’s “problem isn’t a lack of sun [for solar power], it’s a lack of imagination.”
- Climate Progress reports, “Secretive Right-Wing Group Continues Its War On Clean Energy.”
- Todd Woody of The Atlantic explains “How Tesla Batteries Are Powering an Energy Revolution.”
Posted By Lowell F. on December 5th, 2013
Here are five recommended reads for today (12/5/13).
- Joe Romm of ClimateProgress writes that the NY Times has “[devoted] some of its scarce op-ed space to the umpteenth rehashed Bjorn Lomborg piece touting more carbon pollution and R&D in place of climate action, ‘The Poor Need Cheap Fossil Fuels.’” Romm adds, “If that headline sounds familiar, it’s because Lomborg had pieces in USA Today and National Post making similar arguments.”
- The New York Times reports, “More than two dozen of the nation’s biggest corporations, including the five major oil companies, are planning their future growth on the expectation that the government will force them to pay a price for carbon pollution as a way to control global warming.”
- According to the Columbus Dispatch, “A controversial energy proposal will not come up for a vote this year in the Ohio Senate, though its lead sponsor vows to continue his attempt to roll back what he calls ‘enviro-socialist mandates.’”
- AP reports, “Saying the government should lead by example, President Barack Obama is ordering the federal government to nearly triple its use of renewable sources for electricity by 2020.”
- Gigaom lists 6 things “you should know about the market for big batteries:”